Overall, polls reveal that healthcare is a satisfying career choice compared to other jobs. According to studies conducted by the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators and TINYPulse, healthcare workers report an increased level of happiness. However positive this news may sound, it’s still important to ask yourself the question:

Are you satisfied with your job in healthcare? 

It can be daunting to ask. You’ve developed a career based on selflessness and the appreciation of others’ well-being. You may have grown accustomed to putting others’ happiness over your own. We’re here to tell you that it doesn’t always have to be that way.

Being honest with yourself about your job satisfaction allows for growth. If you answer is, “No, I’m not satisfied,” you can work toward making a difference in your career and ultimately your life.

Why are you unsatisfied?

There may be a sole source of your unhappiness, or you may be unhappy for several reasons. Perhaps you have gone as far as you can within the company, or maybe you are not being challenged enough in your present position. Being unable to see a future that encourages growth will likely lead to an overall feeling of unhappiness.

Other factors that may impact your satisfaction include:

  • Pay
  • Work environment
  • Too much/not enough work hours
  • Coworkers
  • Management

If you feel as though you are not getting as much out of your job as you are putting in, you may feel unhappy.

Determine your next steps.

After evaluating your job and the reasons for any dissatisfaction, try to keep an open mind. If your issues lie within the company, having a frank but still professional conversation with your boss may help. If your unhappiness boils down to your career path, exploring alternative job opportunities in the healthcare industry may be the solution.

Don’t be surprised or panicked if you find yourself needing to search for a new job. In fact, consider teaming up with a healthcare recruiter like RNa Partners. It is the job of a healthcare recruiter to match you with job opportunities that fit you, your career goals, and what makes you happy.