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Why Veterans Make Great Healthcare Hires


Posted by Anonymous at 6/26/2017 12:04:45 PM

Hiring Veterans in Healthcare Benefits Everyone


Why Veterans Make Great Healthcare Hires

By Doug Bennett, Contributing Writer


Hiring veterans into healthcare positions is a win-win for both retired military personnel and healthcare employers. As the military is a great training ground for new clinicians—providing them with the experience, medical knowledge and skills they’ll need for successful patient outcomes—looking to the armed forces as a source for new talent can add great value to your organization.


Same folks, different strokes


Like hospitals and health systems, the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are large, complex and demanding organizations. They employ highly intelligent men and women who know how to listen carefully, speak clearly and work under intense pressure—all indispensable characteristics for anyone providing bedside care. Like healthcare workers, military personnel also understand and appreciate the value of teamwork, camaraderie and diversity.


Military clinical experience affords a unique edge


Veterans with clinical experience attained during military service have an edge when transitioning into civilian healthcare jobs as they have likely diagnosed a greater range of conditions than the average healthcare worker. Veterans who have served on the frontlines of a conflict or war are particularly adept at handling the fast-paced, high pressure environments commonly associated with delivering healthcare.


A boon for healthcare employers


Veterans are perceived as dependable, loyal and trustworthy, so hiring them can be one of the best moves a healthcare employer can make. Hiring veterans also offers good publicity and can generate federal tax breaks. Many medical schools, hospitals and health systems now offer training programs to help veterans make the transition to healthcare careers.


Strong technology skills


Today’s modern military relies upon state-of-the-art technology, requiring personnel to develop strong technical skills. Whether recruits train as mechanics, program analysts or logistics technicians, the technical skills they gain during their time in the armed forces translates well to the technology heavy healthcare sector.


Foreign language skills to enhance communication


Facility and comfort with foreign languages is another valuable skill in diverse healthcare settings. Because they are often deployed around the world for extended periods of time, military personnel often know foreign languages and understand the nuances of international communication.


Adaptability, flexibility and resiliency


Military personnel sometimes work in very challenging, if not hostile, environments. Readying for deployment and the unpredictable nature of varying field operations teaches preparedness and flexibility. They accept that uncertainty is a norm and are remarkably adaptable and resilient. When the chips are down, veterans know how to innovate and improvise.


Sowing the seeds of good leadership


Military personnel, especially those in leadership roles, are accustomed to making decisions in dynamic and rapidly changing circumstances. Sound familiar? Ultimately, veterans demonstrate a willingness to make personal sacrifices for the greater good, echoing the dynamic that exists in many healthcare jobs and settings.


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When the chips are down and you need physician recruiting assistance for your healthcare facility, the experienced staff at Merritt Hawkins can help you find candidates for even the most demanding positions. Contact us today for your most critical staffing needs.




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