Becoming a Better Caregiver to the ElderlyThose who succeed in a career in medicine and gain the most fulfillment, enter it with a certain set of intangible qualities and personality traits.  It is a booming industry, but before you decide to enter this world, do you know if you have what it takes to make healthcare a successful career?

Communication Skills

Great communication skills include not only speaking and but listening. You need to be able to follow directions without problem and easily and effectively communicate with other healthcare practitioners and patients in order to understand and explain treatments and needs.

Detail Orientation

Being an organized, detail-oriented person is crucial for someone in the healthcare field.  In fact, attention to detail can (in many instances) be a life or death matter.  Assessment, medication, procedures and documentation all rely on very specific information, with little to no margin for error.  Being able to double and triple-check will serve you well.    

Emotional Stability

A medical worker needs to be emotionally stable.  Healthcare is a stressful job.  You will see many traumatic situations, including the joy of birth, the pain of catastrophic injury and the agony of suffering and death. You need to be able to work without internalizing the stress and allowing it to cause personal harm.


If you cannot care about the people you are serving, you will probably not succeed in this field.  You will be caring for (not only) the sick and injured but interacting with their worried family members on a daily basis.  You need to able to put yourself in their shoes and empathize with their situation if you are to truly provide high quality of care.  However, empathy is different than the emotional instability.  The best medical workers are able to empathize but not internalize others’ emotional and physical pain.


No day is quite like the next, so you  need to be able to adapt to circumstances. People have different personalities, which can be difficult enough, but under duress they can become unpredictable.  So a typical workday will require a high amount of flexibility and adaptability.

Team Player

Treatment is not done on a one-on-one basis.  Everyone – from doctors to nurses to therapists to nutritionists, etc. – all need to work together in a cohesive unit to meet the patients’ needs.


A career in healthcare can be extremely rewarding if you have the right set of personality traits and intangible qualities.  These 6 characteristics are meant to offer you a glimpse of the qualities you will need to bring to the table when working in this field.  If you think you have what it takes to make it a success, Snelling Medical Professionals wants to hear from you. Contact Snelling Medical Professionals today, or locate your local office where we can start the process to finding you your best-fit medical job.