Healthcare has an inherent nature of change. It is and always will be a huge platform for change, simply due to the basic tenants and morphology of disease. In addition, breakthroughs in research, population health concerns, new physiological discoveries, and battling terminal illnesses spark continuous change.
Qualified candidates are a huge part of this equation for success. The healthcare industry continues to grow. Growing shortages in trained and certified professionals and turnover rates still drive financial bottom lines significantly in one direction or the other. In the months of March and April alone, the turnover rate in healthcare exceeded 1.1 million! With an average cost of turnover of $50k, that number is a staggering $56,100,000,000 to healthcare organizations over a two-month time period.
What sparks changes in employment?
The most common reasons for a change in employment is often not even career advancement. I often hear it is company culture, new leadership, or changes in state regulations or community environment. The important aspect of all four of these reasons is that they are, for the most part, completely beyond one person’s control. If you experience any of these changes and they are to your liking, great! If not, it’s time to make a change in your career and/or location.
So, you made the decision to make a change. You update your resume and field the first call from a recruiter or hesitantly hit ‘apply’ on a job you see in a great location. The gauntlet has been thrown! The next steps are pretty predictable: First phone interview, second phone or video, and finally an onsite. This final step will determine fit – if you like them, they like you, and the location is ‘all it’s cracked up to be.’
What happens if a wrench gets thrown in your plans?
Unfortunately… life can get in the way. You get a call from a family member that there is a serious health issue, or you have put your house on the market and you don’t get five offers from the first showings as your realtor promised. Maybe you even find out you have an extra month or two on your lease that you did not figure into the cost factor of relocation. Or you have a family member that has a current issue that needs your support, and… Well, you can fill in the blanks.
Now don’t get me wrong, these are all valid concerns and issues that give pause for consideration; after all, family is everything in my book. However, how does that change the nature of the situation that caused you to look in the first place? Will putting off pursuing your career change provide any sort of solution? If you put off an interview or offer, will that change the atmosphere of your current employment situation or community conundrum?
There are some valid reasons to turn down an offer. Although situations outside of your control, that can be managed via telephone or travel on your time off, are not on the list. Bluntly, that’s what airports are for. Fearing change as a reason to postpone what is best for you and your future is not advisable. My advice is to do yourself a favor: When you make the decision that it’s time for a change, see it through. You owe it to yourself and the healthcare industry where you can make a difference. If you made the decision to make a career change, reach out to me or my healthcare team. We can help you make the change you deserve.