Hello everyone, Alex here to talk about career satisfaction within the HELP program at Highland and the relationship it has to Joan and I's future careers in Geriatrics. Through the HELP program satisfaction comes easy. It is not a internship in which we have to wait for meetings or supervisors to congratulate us; its the patients who give us our satisfaction. Which can easily be transferred to nursing home patients or assisted living in which our future career paths may lead us to.
I can easily say for Joan and I we gain our satisfaction through seeing patients get discharged back to their homes; getting better from whatever illness they came in with and from family members telling us that we have lifted spirits and made a difference. It's not everyday that you get told that you have made someone happier, or brightened their day. I believe the satisfaction is knowing that we are helping someone to get better and therefore satisfies our need of knowing we're important. Many people cannot say that on a daily basis they make someone smile, or laugh. We are told numerous times we are loved and have made some people forget they are in the hospital due to illness. Therefore the key to our success in our careers in making a difference!
As two individuals with experience in Geriatric settings, I do not believe this is a new realization or surprising. When you are working with people, part of the goal is to help them and make them at ease. We are working with these elders, not because we have to, but because we want to prolong legacies and watch them get healthy. It is not a career in which you can be selfish. I can say for the both of us that this experience has made us realize what our society needs to take notice of as the geriatric population is growing and that people just want to be noticed and know that someone cares. Some of these patients have out lived their family members and look forward to our visits as time to talk and have a sense of a family relationship. There is not much more I can say, I believe the point is obvious. Satisfaction is just being with these individuals!
As I said before, these are important values and attitudes in our careers in that we must "be the change we wish to see in the world" and we can only do that by helping what is already in place. We are not only helping the patients currently at Highland, but expanding a program that could be beneficial to other hospitals and help families realize what their elder relatives need. Satisfaction is a given when you work with such an amazing population!