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10 Ways to Move Up the Corporate Hospital Ladder

Ambitious, career-minded healthcare professionals are always looking for ways to climb up the corporate hospital ladder. While bigger actions get noticed, a combination of smaller measures and principles can also make an enormous impact. In order to prepare for your ascent up the corporate hospital ladder, there are a couple of considerations you will need to make.

Reevaluate Your Career

Graduate in a capFirst, take the time to reevaluate your career. Have you aligned your interests and priorities with your career path? Can you attain the education and experience necessary to reach your goal? Consider returning to school and get your masters in health administration.

Define Your Career Goals

Secondly, you should work to define your career goals. By recognizing your aspirations, you will have a clear path in front of you to reach your goals. Maybe you are interested in moving up the corporate hospital ladder.

Although there is not an exact formula, obtaining a Master’s in Health Administration, and following these 10 tops you will be on your way.

1. Be an Effective Communicator

Effective CommunicatorCommunicating effectively is essential to being successful in your career. Having the ability to communicate in a way that is easily understandable could land you in the seat right next to your supervisors. Why? Because you will be able to successfully contribute to the topics being discussed in various important meetings.

Emotional stability is crucial because supervisors will only consider individuals who remain calm in all situations for advancement.

2. Let Management Know of Your Desire to Advance

The majority of hospitals will promote employee development. Some will even assist employees in continuing training. This may be the perfect way for you to obtain your masters in health administration. By communicating your goals to management, they will most likely support you in your endeavor, and acknowledge you have a drive to expand your career.

3. Be Responsible

Nurse wearing a stethoscopeIf you are not a responsible employee, you are not a good employee. When you are assigned a responsibility, take it seriously. Always be prepared to take on more assignments. Should you fail at a task that was assigned to you, stand up, and take responsibility for it. Be sincere in your apology. Taking responsibility for your mistakes shows good character. Your supervisor will see that you are ready to shoulder a large amount of responsibility and willing to bear consequences, if necessary.

4. Keep Your Knowledge Current

Do not just wait for the hospital to train you, step up, and take classes on your own. You can also read reports and publications related to heath issues and the medical field. You might also attend seminars, earn certifications, and expand your skill set. This can show personal drive to gain advanced knowledge in your field and help you stand out.

5. Become a Leader and Take Initiative

Instead of being an ordinary employee, strive to be a passionate expert in your field.

Ways to do this include:

  • Taking on leadership positions with associations and organizations.
  • Offering to mentor junior associates.
  • Applying for a position at one of your local boards.
  • Chairing the committee for a nonprofit organization.
  • Volunteering to lead a new project.
  • Continue your education.

You need to be involved in trying to solve any problem that your colleagues or supervisors encounter. It is beneficial for you to help others if they are having difficulties.

6. Networking is Essential

Standing nurse wearing a stethoscopeAs previously touched on, expanding your network through working within your community and organizations is essential. This helps you climb the corporate ladder because you gain contacts that are necessary for your success. Remember that no one has ever climbed all the way to the top of the corporate ladder alone.

7. Follow the Lead of Your Supervisors

Take a close look at your supervisor's work ethics and knowledge level. How can you improve further than they can? Using superiors experience as a goal to reach can help you progress professionally and might reveal a path up the corporate ladder.

8. Remain Prepared

Nurse wearing a stethoscopeGood preparation helps you remain focused on the task at hand. Your supervisors will also see that you take your career seriously. Whether making a phone call to give a physician his patient’s test results or helping get a patient ready for transfer, be prepared.

9. Never Procrastinate

Procrastination is rarely a smart choice in the workplace. Showing superiors that you are on top of different tasks by completing them thoroughly and on time shows that you are ready for greater challenges and responsibilities.

10. Stay Motivated and Driven

Although it may feel like your goal of advancement in the corporate hospital world is further than you would ideally prefer, don’t forget to stay focused on your successes. Along the way, it may feel like a daunting task, however beginning the career you have always dreamed of is still in reach. Keep friends interested in the same field close and use them as a motivator to continue working hard and pursuing success in the corporate hospital world.

To learn more about the Master of Science in Health Administration from Saint Joseph’s University, call (866) 758-7670 to speak with a Program Manager or request more information below.

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