Signs that you’re not staying up to date in the healthcare sector
September 14, 2017
As a healthcare professional, it’s imperative you stay on top of changes in the healthcare industry in order to deliver the highest quality care to your patients.
Being proactive about your professional development not only helps you expand your skillset, it makes you more flexible and adaptable to change, while giving you a competitive edge over your peers.
Here are some signs that you may be falling behind the pack.
You don’t attend conferences
Attending conferences and industry events is a great way to network, stay informed and update your knowledge about the latest research and developments in the healthcare sector.
The last thing you want is to lose credibility by following outdated information.
There may be new emerging technologies to learn about, advancements in treatment options, or regulatory changes that could affect your profession.
You don’t read industry publications or research papers
If you thought your days of learning were over once you graduated from university, think again.
To keep updated, you need to regularly read professional journals and research papers.
Professr is a great resource for healthcare specific information and updates, and could be one to add to your reading list.
If you’re finding it hard to fit in regular reading, set aside time in your week for this kind of professional development, even if it means blocking out a section of your diary.
You may even find it useful to start with reading as little as one new article per week, and slowly adding to it from there.
You don’t network
Old-school networking and shaking some hands is important for making new connections and maintaining old ones.
Networking allows you to build relationships with other healthcare professionals, explore opportunities to cross-promote one another or work together, and build your reputation.
You haven’t joined any industry groups or think tanks
Think tanks provide research-based advocacy and evidence-based commentary on pertinent healthcare matters.
Joining a think tank about healthcare is a great way to stay abreast of new developments and interact with others who share your passion for healthcare.
Alternatively, you could join an industry group relating to your particular field. Online healthcare forums are another way to connect with others in the industry.
You don’t have a mentor
If you don’t already have a mentor, it’s a good idea to find one.
Being able to seek advice from someone whose career or skills you wish to emulate will be hugely rewarding.
You may even be able to shadow them and learn some new skills.
It’s not too late to take charge
Remember, it’s never too late to take charge of your professional development.
Attending conferences, regular reading, networking, joining think tanks and having a mentor will help you remain up to date with what’s happening in your field.
Professional development takes time and commitment, but being proactive about learning will pay dividends over the course of your career.