Healthcare: Choose Work That Matters

Work that matters

Recently I had the privilege to speak with a group of physicians and care providers. The group comprised of primary care, pathologists, radiologists, internal medicine, and several nurse specialists, and their support staff.

I had the chance to connect and listen to all of them during our time together.

There was a statement made by a radiologist and then supported by a pathologist and several of the other physicians,

“The way we practice medicine is not conducive to allow me to speak to patients. If I stop to talk to a patient it will inhibit me from meeting my production metrics that the administration has set for my performance.”

I stood up and immediately stopped the conversation.

I then asked, by a show of hands, how many other members of the care team felt that way.

Almost 70% of the people in the meeting felt similar based on show of hands.

I then asked the same physician why he wanted to be a doctor?

I called on a nurse and asked her why she went to nursing school?

I asked several others why they went into healthcare?

The answers varied from parents being a healthcare practitioner to wanting to be able to make a difference in the lives of other people. All great answers.

Which brought me to the following words to share with the group:

You chose a profession that is difficult to complete. A ‘calling’ that is about making a difference in the lives of people, of patients. Then why choose to do work to meet a production metric? A manufacturing metric.

Why choose to do work that doesn’t matter?

Instead, choose to do work that matters, one patient at a time?

Agree that we live in a world that is constantly measuring our work, however, we have the power to choose what work we do, when we do it, and how we do it.

I choose to spend my time doing work that matters, one patient at a time.

Remember why you’re in healthcare.

Choose work that matters.

As always, you can feel free to contact me at: CANCERGEEK@GMAIL.COM or follow me on twitter @cancergeek


One response to “Healthcare: Choose Work That Matters

  1. thanks for sharing such a nice information. really worthful

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