U.S. Army Healthcare
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“Great platform to launch from as a healthcare professional. An Army medical officer career has high highs and low lows. ”
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I have been working at U.S. Army Healthcare full-time (more than 8 years)Pros
I was a Nurse Corps Officer and there were/are many opportunities for personal and professional growth. Apart from my "job" as a nurse, I was afforded many opportunities at a young age to take on special projects, lead Soldiers and civilians, and just do otherwise neat stuff. I got to travel the world many times over, meet exciting people, and make life long friends. Overall, the compensation and benefits are great compared to your civilian peers.
If you're willing to take on some personal hardship and lifestyle changes, joining the Army honestly may be the best thing for you. It totally changed my family tree.Cons
The Army Medical Department is very slow and cumbersome. We use antiquated, 1980's-era charting systems and techniques for the delivery of our care. Common sense solutions that are available off-the shelf right now can't be used in medical facilities (IT software, charting, billing techniques, referral procedures, etc.)
Although I'd like to believe that the people in the Army have a higher set of values, sadly that's not true. There are a lot of people who lie, cheat, and steal. Adultery, verbal abuse, hostile work environments are common.
You will move often. That was fine when I was young and single. But as a father and husband, it has been murder on my family. I missed the birth of my first child because of jerk leaders without souls.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Mission first, people always. It's not just a saying, it's our way of life. I wish more than 25% of you actually believed in this and demonstrated ethical leadership. It's sad to have to watch all the good ones go because of their frustration.RecommendsNeutral Outlook