#6 Struggle of Learning in Healthcare, Part 1: ROI

One of the most daunting things about entering healthcare is the sheer amount of work and knowledge a person needs to know. After all, your actions have a direct effect on a person’s well-being and health. Classes like Organic Chemistry, Anatomy, and a bunch of other ones are challenging and have an extreme amount of content. Along with challenging classes comes a part of entering healthcare many people don’t talk about often. That is the inability to gain experience (things like direct patient care hours) to obtain positions or even get into a school.

A company, no matter the type, hires employees with an ROI in mind. They say to themselves, “What will we get in return for our investment in this person.” The returns they are looking for include quality care, proper representation of the company name, and many others. When someone with little experience is hired to a team, their ROI is very low, sometimes even negative. This company has to use time, energy, and resources to train the employee so they can reach the level that someone with experience would have. This is why so many job applications have, “Required 1-2 years of experience”.

I am a perfect example of this. When I was 19 years old I was looking for summer EMT jobs so that I can gain experience and gain direct patient care hours. I was rejected from my local fire department and EMS because I went away from college, and I was turned down from multiple summer EMT positions for not having any experience. Currently, I am a camp EMT and have been working there for 2 years but, when I first applied for the position the director expressed concern about my lack of experience. The reason I got the job was that I was extremely personable and my letters of recommendation (one was from my EMT instructor) were outstanding. I happily accepted and was happy to just get the job. I didn’t care if I got paid or not, I just wanted to learn and gain experience.

The main thing to take away from this story is that things may not come easy to you. You WILL get rejected and questions but, that doesn’t mean you are no good. People are just not willing to take the risk sometimes (think back to ROI). In the end, my recommendation is to take what comes to you. Think of the small opportunities as ROI. You are investing your time, energy, and resources and if you are persistent your return will be more than you can imagine. So, keep dreaming and never get down because your return is right around the corner!

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