But, helping others is also the best feeling in the world. The knowledge that you have given of yourself in big and small ways gives you an inner peace and satisfaction that is hard to describe. Also, putting your knowledge to work is also really fun!
Dealing with high levels of stress: Healthcare professionals often work in high-stress environments where they are required to make quick decisions and handle complex and emotionally charged situations. This can take a toll on their mental and physical health.
Coping with long and irregular hours: Many healthcare professionals work long hours, including nights, weekends, and holidays. This can be difficult to manage and can lead to burnout and fatigue.
Managing patient care: Providing high-quality care to patients can be challenging, especially when dealing with difficult or complex cases. It can be emotionally and physically demanding to provide care to patients who are suffering or in need of support.
Managing the financial and administrative aspects of healthcare: Healthcare professionals may also face challenges related to the financial and administrative aspects of their work, such as dealing with insurance companies, managing budgets, and complying with regulations.
Dealing with the emotional demands of the job: Healthcare professionals often work with patients and families who are going through difficult and emotionally charged situations. This can be emotionally draining and can take a toll on the mental health of healthcare professionals.
These are just a few examples of the challenges that healthcare professionals may face in their work. Working in healthcare can be rewarding, but it can also be physically and emotionally demanding.
That said, we don't do the job for money, glory, or recognition. We go into healthcare because we want to positively impact people's lives, and we want to do that with kindness and gratitude. Healthcare is indeed a thankless job that comes after a long, tenuous journey. But in the end, working at a job where you feel like you have a higher purpose and that you are making a positive difference in people's lives...that's what makes it worth it!
I worked in Addiction Medicine and so much of the cause for substance use disorder was related to societal stressors (food insecurity, lack of housing, low income) and as a medical clinic, we were not equipped to deal with some of these issues, especially lack of affordable housing in our community. These were issues that were too large to be addressed by a small team of healthcare professionals.
The worst part of this is having to let patients know, that we’ve explored every resource available in the community, but unfortunately society is just not at a point of compassion and care to want to help individuals with public housing and assistance to meet the demands that it is needed at.
Sometimes we were able to meet the needs of our patients, for example, we opened our own food pantry for our patients, we collected clothing to help our patients that needed clothing to wear daily or for interviews. However, other issues that lead our patients to substance use in the first place such as lack of housing or poverty, were just too big for us to address and resources too limited.
Having to tell your patient that you’ve exhausted the resources, and expecting them to somehow be able to heal and lead a healthy life, was absolutely maddening and emotionally taxing.
Going home everyday at 5p to have dinner and sleep in a bed, knowing that some of your patients were out in the cold streets is devastating.