There comes a time in everyone's life where they have to honestly answer the age-old question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?"
When I was growing up, I had a different dream each week. I wanted to be a broadcaster, a horse-back rider, a broadcasting horse-back rider, and probably a plethora of other unique careers.
As time went on, I realized that the field of healthcare was calling my name. My father had a liver transplant when I was young, so I knew that the medical field was something relatable for me. However, I was always on the fence about going to medical school or something of that sort. I worked in a waterpark for three years, where I've seen everything from cuts and bee stings to head lacerations and seizures. It's not that I'm not interested in the clinical aspect of healthcare, but I really wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes.
Along came college visits and senior year, and I found the perfect fit for me. I'm now a sophomore health management systems major.
There's a special magic about working in healthcare that everyone in the field can relate to. Whether you're a registration associate, a nurse, a pharmacist or the human resources director, you are responsible for the well-being of everyone within your facility in your own special way. The healthcare system is very cohesive and does not single one person out to run the show alone. When you put on your scrubs or business suit every day, you go to work knowing that you have the capability to help a family, and that should be your goal.
Being a future employee of healthcare administration, I understand that there are some lofty costs associated with equipment, medications, procedures and more. I hope that at some point in my career that I can alleviate some of that burden. Families should only be concerned about their loved ones in times of medical distress, as well as the care they're receiving. I refuse to work in a facility that allows second-best care. I want my medical professionals to be top-of-the-line. That's what I promise to give. I don't want people to spend countless frustrating hours on the phone with the insurance company, wondering as to whether or not they can make their financial situation work. They just need to relax during such a stressful circumstance and allow the professionals to handle everything; that's what the future of healthcare needs.
I am so excited to be in this field. I believe that everyone in it feels the same way. We may hate studying for anatomy or reviewing for that lab practical, but we wouldn't have it any other way.
The future of healthcare is now, and we promise to make things right again.