Being a Mother = Working in Health Care

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Anyone who thinks that the average mother doesn’t possess transferable skills to the health care field has never been a mom with a sick or injured child. Mothers have long been playing the part of primary caregivers in their households, and they take on every role from first responder to psychiatric nurse. If you’ve been a stay-at-home mom for the past several years and are now considering professional career options, the health care field provides plenty of opportunities for those with your particular skill set — and you’ve already got a head start on the necessary training.

LISTENING, THINKING QUICKLY AND STAYING INFORMED

One of the hallmarks of successful health care practitioners of any level is that they’ve perfected the art of listening, and this is something that mothers do exceptionally well. If you decide to go into nursing, for instance, the ability to truly listen to a patient will provide many clues into the state of the person’s health. By the same token, health care workers need to be able to think on their feet and act fast in emergency situations. As a mom, you probably do that several times per month as a matter of normal routine. You’re probably also used to staying current concerning the latest health care findings, which will be an essential part of cultivating a rewarding health care career.

COMPASSION AND EMPATHY

Dealing with those in the grip of emotional distress is another area in which moms excel. Many people, including adults, feel nervous and vulnerable when they visit their health care providers. Being able to soothe jitters comes in handy when working in a clinic, hospital or a private physician’s office. Demonstrated compassion and empathy are excellent natural tranquilizers, and calmer patients will make your job as well as that of your coworkers significantly easier. Most moms practice compassion and empathy on a daily basis.

MULTITASKING AND ORGANIZATION

Health care professionals who are unable to multitask may have a difficult time getting very far in their field. Fortunately, moms are the ultimate multitaskers. If you’re finding yourself doubting your multitasking skills, think back to the last time you helped a child with homework while preparing dinner while remaining alert to the sounds of your toddler waking up from a nap. You’re already a multitasking ace!

Organization is multitasking’s first cousin. Like multitasking, it’s probably a skill that you possess in abundance. It’s such normal part of your repertoire you may be barely aware that you’re using it!

See? Your experience as a mom is tailor-made for a career in health care, and those skills you learned from caring for your child translates a lot to working in the field.

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