Happy providers, healthy patients. You can see the logic in the idea that the more satisfied a healthcare professional is in their work, the better, more attentive care that can be delivered. But what’s most important for career satisfaction?
Medscape’s sixth annual Physician Compensation Report says it’s not just the paycheck. In fact, physicians with lower salaries were among the most likely to report that they would choose a career in healthcare again, if given the chance. So what does contribute to career satisfaction?
Medscape’s report joined similar studies in illuminating many non-monetary reasons why physicians are happy in their chosen professions. Here are the top 3:
Making the World a Better Place
People depend on healthcare professionals to conduct the tests, trials and procedures that save lives and move the medical world forward. Residents and students depend on physicians and advanced practitioners to pass down knowledge. And it’s this research and ability to educate that brings job satisfaction to many providers.
Finding Answers Patients Need
There’s triumph in discovery and overcoming unknowns. Diagnosing and seeing patients get better because of their care decisions is another top contributor to healthcare providers’ career satisfaction.
#1 Reason… Connecting with Patients
If you’re passionate about patient care, it should come as no surprise that people are the main driver for healthcare professionals’ career satisfaction. Gratitude/Relationships with Patients was the number one response to Medscape’s survey question, “What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?” and an earlier study by RAND Corporation found a boost in satisfaction among physicians who saw themselves as providing outstanding care.
When caseloads get heavy, locum tenens providers can often provide relief to regular, full-time healthcare staff and help ensure more providers have more time to interact with patients who need them. You can have a tremendous impact while enjoying a fulfilling career. Get connected and start a locum tenens assignment today.