4 Strengths You Should Look for When Hiring Healthcare Professionals

If you’re looking to hire healthcare professionals, these are important qualities to keep in mind.

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When recruiting healthcare pros, consider things beyond their academic record and hard skills

As a healthcare provider, there is an immense responsibility to hire the right healthcare professional. The person you hire needs to be the right one, because their decisions affect multiple lives.

Every healthcare professional you’ve met with came to you after passing a strenuous series of exams and trials. Each one of those candidates knows the inner workings of the human body like the back of their hands. But is that enough to make them a stellar healthcare professional?

Here are some of the qualities you should look for in a candidate before you hire them as a healthcare professional. 

1. Self-confidence 

In the high stress environment of a hospital, making a diagnosis and figuring out what treatment a patient needs as quickly as possible can be a matter of life and death. There’s simply no room for the healthcare professional to second guess their decisions.

Healthcare professionals get an extensive education, and platforms like Lecturio can help them hone their professional skills to the best of their ability. But beyond that, being a good doctor just comes down to self-confidence and other soft skills.

Sometimes in a high stress situation, doctors have to rely on their gut to make the right choices. They have to make the decisions that ensure their patients are getting the best possible care.

A confident individual will not only be able to decisively handle these situations, but they’ll also be able to get their teammates to take their speculation seriously in the case of a patient with more than one doctor involved in their care. 

2. Flexibility 

The ideal candidate for the role of a healthcare professional needs to be able to work in a highly unpredictable and often chaotic environment.

The ideal candidate for the role of a healthcare professional needs to be able to work in a highly unpredictable and often chaotic environment. Medical emergencies aren’t unheard of, and if an accident happens nearby the hospital will need all hands on deck.

Doctors have to come in at all hours of the day to perform time-sensitive surgeries and treatments. There are some medical procedures that take almost 12 hours and even more to perform. In addition, there are all manners of things that need to be taken care of as soon as possible.

It’s important that a healthcare professional is able to:

  • Put their personal life aside
  • Make themself available at short notice

3. Great communication skills 

A very important part of being a healthcare professional is communicating with patients from all walks of life. Not only are great communication skills an absolute requirement to be an efficient doctor, they’re important for working with colleagues in a fast paced and stress inducing environment as well.

Patients don’t always tell you the full story; sometimes they’re hesitant to describe certain symptoms, even. A healthcare professional’s job in this case is to put the patient at ease. They can encourage patients to delve deeper into the issue at hand.

All this makes communication skills one of the most important things a healthcare professional needs to have. 

4. Empathy 

A healthcare professional’s job is difficult and incredibly demanding. They work crazy hours, are often overworked, and need to be completely mentally present the whole time they’re on duty. A single slip up can mean disastrous consequences for the people under their care.

In a tough job like this, most of the motivation comes from a healthcare professional caring about the people they help.

In a tough job like this, most of the motivation comes from a healthcare professional caring about the people they help. Empathy and compassion fuel a doctor’s desire to do right by their patients, and it carries through to the patients — helping them trust their doctor more.

Having difficult conversations like talks with concerned family members, patients about their health conditions, and the suggested treatment is a lot easier when a healthcare professional cares about their emotional as well as physical wellbeing.

When hiring a healthcare professional, you need to remember all the things beyond their academic record and hard skills that would make someone a good person for the job. Before you choose a candidate, consider if they’re the kind of person to be able to work well under pressure. On top of that, see if they can navigate the work environment properly.

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