Written by Taylor Davis
Anything without a foundation will fail.
Sometimes the fundamentals are forgotten after years of working a field. The basics – like interpersonal communication, decency, and compassion – are lost in the rush of the work and pushing out patients with positive outcomes. The result? Relationships with patients suffer and treatment declines.
Those aspects that’re forgotten often lead to mistakes in treatment, poor patient outcomes, and losing patients from a practice because they’re frustrated. These 8 tips will help you bring awareness to your career and take it back to the beginning regardless if you’re a novice or a veteran in your field.
Retain Your Humanity
Your patients need you to listen, but sometimes the job can make you lose sight of that. Remember that your patients aren’t numbers – they’re people. Be the health professional they need to be honest with them, show understanding, and help them all at the same time. You’re human – exactly like them.
Stay humble in your endeavors and treat yourself, patients, and peers kindly.
Remember What It Means to Be a Normal Person
Sometimes it’s difficult to remove yourself from the situation as the person who treats the issue. Try thinking of how your patient sees things, and go from there. Their perspective can improve treatment plans and make hidden pieces of the problem clear up in the process.
Also, your patients often don’t understand your subject at your level. Explain simply by stepping into their shoes.
Otherwise you won’t truly understand your patient.
Compassion allows your patient to feel noticed and acknowledged for their pain, which is a fundamental of any health career. You can’t try to treat something if you don’t understand it first, but to understand the issue plaguing the patient you must understand the patient, too.
Healthy results don’t come from indifference.
Always Start with the Simplest Treatment
Over-complicating only leaves to frustrated patients and costly outcomes. Start with the simple, obvious issues and work from there.
Protocols Work, Until They Don’t
“The most dangerous phrase in the language is ‘we’ve always done it this way,’” so don’t be afraid to stray from the course. We’re constantly advancing, and trying out of the ordinary procedures isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Use common sense and don’t try procedures just because you want to see if they work – only what’s right for the patient.
Stay mindful of what treatments you’re using and record the results.
Don’t Say “Never” or “Always”
Treatments are not 100% and your patients can’t rely on the cookie cutter method. Even if something seems out of the ordinary for a condition, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible for your patient to have it.
Be Mindful of the Habits You Cultivate
It’s easy to slip into the “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” routine, but don’t let the little things slip by. Watch all the things that make you healthy and unhealthy because eventually those little thing become big ones.
Burnout Is Inevitable
It happens to everyone and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Take a break from your daily grind to remind yourself why you started this career path in the first place. It’s not a bad thing if you take a break from what “should” be done and reassess either.
Take some time for self-care.
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