Reader Question: Getting Clinical Education to Transition into Healthcare?
I received a question from a reader, which I'm sharing and posing here (with the reader's permission and removing identifying information).
Having only a year of experience in the healthcare industry, and almost 30 years of (quality and Lean) excellence in the Aerospace industry, I am still finding it very hard to break back into healthcare.
However, I am on my second face to face interview at a different hospital. They are specifically looking for someone without healthcare experience. Hallelujah!!!
The reason I am writing you, is because I am trying to decide on the best way to spend my money to increase my clinical knowledge, and credentials to make increase my credibility in the Healthcare environment, regardless of whether I am chosen for this new position. I have considered going after my BS in Nursing, or an LPN. Do you have any suggestions?
I wrote back privately, but can share my thoughts here — and I'm curious to hear your opinions if you're a career healthcare person or an outsider trying to get in (or if you've already made this transition):
I don't know what to tell you… don't know of anyone who has taken that path. 30 years into my career, I don't think I'd want to do that (or would I now, 17 years in), but to each their own.I think one can be effective and gain credibility with out the clinical background… I've seen much more of that in my travels and experience. Showing respect for the clinical folks and finding a great clinical champion can do wonders.
What advice would you give?