As you are probably aware, there are significant changes taking place in the healthcare industry, particularly in the practice specialty of credentialing. We are constantly expected to do more with less as consolidations take place and administrators are forced to make difficult decisions. If we don’t take the time to reevaluate our workload and maximize our efficiency by finding new ways to accomplish tasks, administrators will come in and clean house.
Now is the time to demonstrate your knowledge and skills to your executive leaders and stand out from the crowd! The more you can demonstrate your value, the less likely you will be impacted by reduction. Here are 6 ways you can brand yourself as an expert in your field and catapult your career:
Define Your Title – The roles of medical staff services professionals are changing nationwide. Now is the time to evaluate whether you need to make any changes to your title. Think about what you do each day at your organization. If you feel that your job title doesn’t fit your role as accurately as it used to, propose a title change to your department leader.
Get Some Business Cards – If you don’t have any business cards already, ask if you can order them! If the answer is no, don’t let that stop you as they have wonderful online vendors! Be sure to include your name and job title. It’s all about standing out from the crowd!
Start Networking – Reach out to your colleagues in your organization and nationwide to see what others in your field are doing. You might receive some invaluable information or innovative tips regarding best practices, which can make your job easier and more efficient. You’d be surprised just how much you can learn from your peers!
Embrace New Technology – It can be frustrating and confusing to learn new processes as improved technology becomes available to your organization. The more you embrace and master these available technologies such as the latest credentialing software, the more impressive and valuable you will be to your organization.
Never Stop Learning – Stay up-to-date on all of the changes occurring in the industry by reading online articles, attending educational conferences and webcasts, and reading the latest regional and national healthcare news. In addition, don’t be afraid to pick up and hone in on a few new skills. Learn a new language, stay abreast with the latest technological advances, or take a few college courses on something your organization would find valuable.
Participate Regularly – Now is not the time to stay in the background. Speak up during staff meetings, and attend your local and state NAMSS organizations. Give presentations on something you’re well-versed in to demonstrate your knowledge and skillsets. When you make efforts to participate actively, you can bet that your organization will be paying attention.
Although change can be scary, it also brings with it ample opportunities. Understanding these changes and taking the reins can help accelerate your career growth. Don’t be afraid of what the future holds – just figure out what you need to do and mold yourself into a positive, knowledgeable influence that no one can attempt to ignore! Keep SMILING, MSPs!