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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Networking in the Healthcare Sector

Networking in the Healthcare Sector
by Eve Pearce for HPNG

Latinos have been gaining a foothold in just about every business industry out there, reflecting the growth of the population of the United States in terms of diversity. Though there are plenty of industries out to support general organizations, there are still plenty that focus now on issues that Latinos find most important, including health care.

For those looking for somewhere in the health industry to network, there are two top establishments to consider: the National Association of Hispanic Nurses and the National Hispanic Medical Association.

Founded by Ildaura Murillo-Rohde, the National Association of Hispanic Nurses came to be in the year 1975. In the prior year, several Hispanic members of the American Nurses Association met with the group at a convention in New Jersey with the hope of establishing a Hispanic Caucus.

The company was later renamed to be the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (http://www.nahnnet.org/NAHNMembership.html) later on in the year 1979. Since then, the association has grown, launching the Hispanic Health Care International publication.

The National Hispanic Medical Association was established in DC in 1994 as a non-profit organization defending Hispanic physicians across the United States. The association is dedicated to giving such physicians the ability to become leaders while improving health with Hispanics. The association's vision is to become a leader.

Reasons to Network in the Health Care Industry

There are plenty of benefits to working in the health care industry, regardless of whether or not the applicant is Hispanic and regardless of what role the applicant aims for. With this in mind, it is important to know all the different benefits to gain before networking within the industry and reaping those benefits. In here, each facet will be discussed in proper detail.

Good Money: No matter what one says, there are plenty of positives when it comes to comparing the majority of health care specialist roles in comparison to those in the national average. The national average in the United States as far as salary is concerned is $42,979, and the average specialist in the private practice of the health industry is somewhere around $168,550 -- four times as high. Even having a general role in nursing can offer more than this average.

Security: Even with the recession being so high, there has only been an increase with it comes to jobs in health care. When it comes to health care, job security is naturally much better than any other role since it is difficult to find someone who has the same kind of education and experience that can handle the role that would need to be filled again.

Education: Those who opt to get a job in the health care industry can still continue to improve what one knows about the job. There are plenty of employees in health care who can still receive education and further training without having to pay any extra for the lessons, which is a major benefit due to the expense it would otherwise bring. Because of this, it is far worth the effort to get this kind of thing for free. For those undergoing training in the sector then finding useful medical resources (http://www.kwikmed.org/20-medical-student-medical-education-sites/) to help their studies is vital. Having a bank of informative and useful contacts can make all the difference to medical students (http://www.utexas.edu/nursing/hnsa/) seeking support as they progress on their study program. That said continuing education is just as important when embarking on a career in the health sector as it is to maintain your knowledge and training.

Shift Work: There are plenty of roles within the industry of health care that allow employees to work in shifts. This is definitely a benefit for someone who is not capable of working the usual 9 to 5 jobs that most industries offer. For instance, Latinos who work in a hospital may often swap shifts; more often than not, the bosses in the industry will generally not care if the staff members want to swap shifts as long as it does not affect how many people there are in each shift.

Benefits: It should go without saying that those who work in the health care industry can receive good vacation pay, good health insurance, good sick pay and very good plans for pension -- but what else could one expect working in health care?

Those who are looking for a career in radiology, as a medical officer or as a general practitioner can expect these benefits. However, it is important to ensure one is moving into the right career for that individual.

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