Medical Professionals Top the List of “Least Productive without Coffee”

I thought it would be fun to share a study I just read while drinking my coffee this morning. 

According to a new survey commissioned by CareerBuilder and Dunkin’ Donuts, the top 5 professions with the highest percentage of workers stating they are less productive without coffee are:

1) Nurses
2) Physicians
3) Hotel workers
4) Designers/Architects
5) Financial/Insurance sales representatives 

Steve's Morning Ritual

Big shocker…right?  ;-) 

With the 24/7 nature of our industry, it’s no surprise that we’re all tired.  One of our nurses regularly drinks a mix of Gatorade and 5 Hour Energy shots, and none of us were surprised when a picture (right) surfaced of one of our nursing/therapy agent’s morning caffeine routine.

“The Coffee Effect”

  • 40% of American workers aged 18 to 24 admit they can’t concentrate as well without coffee.  43% of workers aged 18 to 34 stated they have lower energy if they don’t drink coffee.
  • More than 2 in 5 American workers claim they are less productive without coffee.  Workers in the Northeast U.S. stated they are the most dependent on coffee, with 48% of people claiming they are less productive without coffee, compared to the South at 45%, West at 44%and Midwest at 34%.
  • 37% of American workers drink 2 or more cups of coffee during their workday.

How about you?  Do you need coffee?

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About the Author:  Aaron lives in Milwaukee, WI with his wife and two children and is the President & CEO of Clear Medical Solutions.  When he’s not leading new initiatives, he periodically takes on interim leadership or consulting projects.  He also enjoys teaching, speaking, writing, and sharing his passion for people and their healthcare. 

Experience First, Money Later

In healthcare, I see how reality has not matched the promise of easy employment after school in lucrative “shortage” jobs.

Have you ever heard these lines before?

“Your profession will be in high demand”

“Because of the shortage, you’ll have no problem getting a job after school”

“You can expect relatively high wages for this career path”

I see many newly graduated Therapists, Medical Coders, RHIA’s, RHIT’s, and even nurses join the Clear Medical Network on a daily basis, and many of them are having a hard time finding the type of employment they were expecting after school in this economy.

Not the right pay.  Not the right specialty.  Not the right type of facility.  At least not until they have experience. 

What does this mean?  For those of you who are graduating soon or have just graduated, it’s important to realize that everyone is paid in two ways:  money and experience.  It seems that in this economy, sometimes grads have to work (sometimes for less pay) to earn experience before they will earn the higher pay others with more experience are earning.  

Even RN’s I know that want careers in a specific specialty (L&D, ED, etc.) or type of facility have had to volunteer (yes, for free) at the type of place where they want to work, all the while working in a clinic/unit that they don’t get excited about.

Reality?  I’m afraid so.

For those of you still in school or deciding on a career, please know that careers in nursing, medicine, therapy, coding, and so many other healthcare positions will indeed be great careers in the long run.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that we’re looking at a 22.5% increase in new jobs in our industry by 2018.  Combine that with Baby Boomers starting to retire, and it’s obvious that there will be a shortage.

Just don’t expect it to feel like it right now. 

If you’re looking for mentoring, advice, or career opportunities, we started the free Clear Medical Network to bring experienced healthcare professionals together with new grads and students to help bridge the gap of experience. 

Hang in there, it’s worth it.  It’s a wonderful career to care for your neighbors when they need it most.

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About the Author:  Aaron lives in Milwaukee, WI with his wife and two children and is the President & CEO of Clear Medical Solutions.  When he’s not leading new initiatives, he periodically takes on interim leadership or consulting projects.  He also enjoys teaching, speaking, writing, and sharing his passion for people and their healthcare. 

Thank You for Your Sacrifice!

Getting called in at 3:00 AM for an emergency…working double shifts when the unit is short…verbal and physical abuse from ungrateful patients…pushing yourself further and further…and further yet. 

For what?

Outsiders would say that it’s for the money, but I find that amusing.  If someone is smart enough to go through all the years of school (and get into that particular school in the first place), they are smart enough to get a very well-paying job that doesn’t have people suing them, barking at them, waking them up, or exhausting them for their entire career.  On top of that, when you take out student loan interest, taxes, and malpractice insurance, the outside world looks even better.

That’s why I believe it is a sacrifice. 

But it’s not just physicians, nurses, or other clinical people.  It’s many others in our industry, as well. 

I know CFO’s and CEO’s working till 9pm regularly to make building projects happen.  I know surgeons that leave home for the OR around 4 AM many days, get home at 6 PM, and then get called back later that day when they’re on call.  Not just for a week, but for a career. 

I know nurses covering double the normal patient loan when the unit is short, and it’s short a lot.  I know specialists that skip sleep after a night of responding to emergencies, just to make sure they get their clinic visits fit in.  I know Agents at Clear Medical Agency who have worked for days (and sometimes weeks) on little to no sleep in order to support these same people during their tough times.

I’ve seen the leadership challenges.  I’ve seen the exhaustion. 

I’ve seen the sacrifice.

For many people around the world, this time of year (Passover and Easter) is about Sacrifice.  I think it’s a great time to thank you for your sacrifice to others.  Pass it on!

For those of you who have to work on Easter.  Thank you for yet another sacrifice.  For those who get the day off, enjoy a well deserved break!

Thank you!

 

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About the Author:  Aaron lives in Milwaukee, WI with his wife and two children and is the President & CEO of Clear Medical Solutions.  When he’s not leading new initiatives, he periodically takes on interim leadership or consulting projects.  He enjoys teaching, writing, and sharing his passion for people and their healthcare.