Whats the best job in healthcare? - page 2

whats the best job in healthcare? chief nursing officer? crna? ER doc? rad tech? pharmacist? dentist? the best job would include a balance between: -working conditions - income -... Read More

  1. by   VivaLasViejas
    For me, it doesn't get any better than the job I've held the past couple of years as director of nursing services in an assisted living facility. I have the freedom to be as creative as I want to be, to do as much or as little direct care as I want to do, and to educate staff, residents, families, and even the community on all sorts of health issues. Yes, the responsibilities are many, and at times they weigh very heavily on my shoulders; I also don't earn as much as I did as a hospital nurse. But at this stage of my life, money isn't anywhere near as important as personal satisfaction, and I'm certainly not starving to death anyway, so I can't complain about that either. I love my job!!!
  2. by   Faeriewand
    Quote from rigmedic
    Being a rig medic is, without a doubt, ONE of the best jobs in healthcare. You get to travel the world, have complete autonomy running your own clinic far at sea, and the money is at least as good as I would make as a nurse manager.
    Pardon my ignorance but what is a rig medic?
  3. by   Faeriewand
    One of the best jobs I've seen so far was dialysis nurse in the hospital! One pt and great pay! (This was at Kaiser, not some outpatient dialysis clinic.) The man loved his work and made more money than any other nurse at the hospital.
  4. by   Morning-glory
    The best job I have seen is Recreology in a psych hospital. Their pay starts above the nursing top scale rate and they get paid to play with the patients. I may be over-simplifying things, but it really burned my patuckus when I found out. No patient care and if they start to act up, just send them back to the ward and let the nurses deal with it!! I want to get paid to play too! No weekends, holidays or wierd shifts to boot.
  5. by   Xbox Live Addict
    Quote from Emmanuel Goldstein
    Well, they are, but hardly ever get called. Mine did a procedure on me, and over the weekend I developed an infection that looked like it was turning into a cellulitis. He was on call for their practice, and when he called me back he actually chastised me for daring to call him outside of office hours, but did apologize when he saw my cheek.
    I should hope so. In the age of MRSA, something like that qualifies for a bona fide urgent issue. There are quite a few people who have died over the past few years from skin infections.:angryfire

    I had a MRSA skin infection once. Those are NO LAUGHING MATTER. I literally thought I was going to die, and had to be on Bactrim DS and doxycycline for 30 days. I still have the scars.
  6. by   rph3664
    Quote from Faeriewand
    Pardon my ignorance but what is a rig medic?
    I'm guessing this person is a medic on an oil rig.
  7. by   rigmedic
    Quote from rph3664
    I'm guessing this person is a medic on an oil rig.
    That is correct. I run my own 2 bed clinic for 115 people and get to bank TONS of frequent flyer miles. It is a great job.
  8. by   Sabby_NC
    Quote from rigmedic
    That is correct. I run my own 2 bed clinic for 115 people and get to bank TONS of frequent flyer miles. It is a great job.
    Now that sounds like it would be a great job to me.
    What is the worst case you have had to deal with so far?
  9. by   rigmedic
    Well, what is "serious" in the ER of a Level 1 Trauma Center in the States and what is "serious" 45 miles off the coast of a third world country are two different things. LOL

    We have everything from dengue fever, lots of skin MRSA (incision and draining abscesses), the routine upper respiratory viruses that run rampant through the rig, etc, etc, etc. Not as much trauma as most people who are not in the oil business seem to think. There is a lot of emphasis on safety. We also do food safety, potable water testing, first aid training, vaccinations, etc.
  10. by   Sabby_NC
    Quote from rigmedic
    Well, what is "serious" in the ER of a Level 1 Trauma Center in the States and what is "serious" 45 miles off the coast of a third world country are two different things. LOL

    We have everything from dengue fever, lots of skin MRSA (incision and draining abscesses), the routine upper respiratory viruses that run rampant through the rig, etc, etc, etc. Not as much trauma as most people who are not in the oil business seem to think. There is a lot of emphasis on safety. We also do food safety, potable water testing, first aid training, vaccinations, etc.

    Thanks for your response and input.
  11. by   NurseCherlove
    Quote from CRNA2007
    Ever thought of cardiac anesthesia? CRNA is a wonderful quality of life. high pay, low stress, great hours, and an excellent job satisfaction. I do not know one CRNA that regrets going into the profession or hates their job. I know plenty of RNs (myself included) that hate bedside nursing.
    Hey, that's what it's all about - not completely hating to drive up to your workplace like I do so often these days (as a bedside RN).

    Thanks - that is definitely something to consider.
  12. by   HeartsOpenWide
    Maybe times have changed. My uncle was a pharmacist before I can remember. He said it was very boring, described it as counting pills. Worked as a drug rep for awhile and now is a lobbyist for Roche (drug company) and makes more money than he can spend. Maybe pharmisting has come up in its days

    Quote from NurseCherlove
    She said she had never heard of a cardiologist with a functional home, explaining that the job takes so much out of them, they have nothing left to give their families.

    My fiance was offered a fellowship in cardiology, but he turned it down for that very reason. He said they have a poor quality of life. So he chose GI. However, I often see him running ragged, very often in fact. Also, doctors have ALOT of politics to deal with when trying to become a partner in a group. My honey's last boss was sooo dirty! He basically renegged on his offer and even had the audacity to tell the non-partner doctors that in order to become partner, they would have to pay him a yearly "management fee" since he had been in that particular locale for so long and felt he had a monopoly on the clientele - i.e. the partner would-be's would be lucky to work under this guy's established name! My fiance basically said to Hell with you!


    I'm a pharmacist and can't imagine doing anything else for a living but I always tell anyone considering this to get a pharmacy tech job before embarking on that punishing 6-year journey. You MUST know what you're getting into before you start!


    I'm still kinda upset with my nephew who was considering pharmacy, but then declared a major in IT/computers. How boring! But, I guess whatever makes him happy.
  13. by   Shantas
    The best job in health care??....
    Hmmm lets see....to be the owner of a hospital....where you can boss around everyone, and no one will boss you around. you can make every one work like a dog and take the fat check home and live in a million dollars mansion without any worry......

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