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Nursing Beyond the Vital Signs

Nursing is so much more than simply popping a thermometer in a patient's mouth or recording a blood pressure. In my time as a nurse, I have participated in life saving efforts when time was critical, I have held a mother's hands when her newborn baby was being prepped for surgery, and I have looked into the terrified eyes of an elderly person in pain. Nurses literally go into battle, serving in military operations all over the world. They also learn and implement the latest in medical technology. This blog is to highlight nurses and prove that they deserve respect and appreciation for all that they do.

Exploring Non-Patient Facing Career Paths In The Medical Field: Medical Director

When people think of careers in medicine, they often imagine doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals working directly with patients. While direct patient contact is certainly a large part of the medical field, there are also numerous non-patient-facing career paths to explore. For students interested in the medical field but uncomfortable with patient contact or for those simply wanting to explore all their options, these career options can provide a fulfilling and rewarding path. One such career path is that of a medical director. Here's what you need to know.

What Is a Medical Director?

While most people are not aware of the position of a medical director, it is one of the most critical parts of the medical industry. A medical director is someone who oversees a medical facility's operations. They plan and strategize daily operations, predict the future needs of the facility, and ensure patients receive the best possible care.

What Does a Medical Director Do?

Medical directors serve in a variety of roles within a medical facility and are responsible for many different tasks, including:

  • Manage the administrative staff, including nurses, doctors, therapists, and other personnel
  • Oversee budgeting and staffing decisions
  • Develop policies and procedures that ensure the most efficient operations possible

What Skills Does a Medical Director Need?

Medical directors must possess a certain set of skills to successfully manage the operations of their facility. These skills include:

  • Leadership. A medical director must be a leader who can motivate and inspire others to provide the best care for patients.
  • Strong Communication. Medical directors must be able to effectively communicate their vision and plans to their team.
  • Strategic Planning. A medical director must be able to strategically plan for the future needs of the facility and anticipate possible challenges. 'Big picture' skills are a must for this position.

What Education Does a Medical Director Need?

To enter the non-patient-facing side of the medical field, you need a bachelor's degree, preferably in a health- or business-related field. As you work your way up to medical director, you will need to continue your education and earn a graduate degree, like an MBA or a more specialized MHA (Master's of Healthcare Administration).

Medical directors provide crucial support and guidance to the rest of their team. The medical industry offers many career paths outside of direct patient contact, and it's up to the individual to find the one that fits their interests and passions.