God led me to an exciting career in health care when I began my clinical training to become a healthcare chaplain.
The career health care employees I worked with gained my admiration because of their compassion for the patients they served.
From my perspective as a health care chaplain, it seemed health care job opportunities were increasing. Those observations have been confirmed by news reports concerning the growing healthcare industry.
In my employment as both a hospital chaplain and later, a hospice chaplain, I thoroughly enjoyed working with those in various medical fields, people whose purpose was to bring healing to those they served. I noticed that health care jobs were filled with purpose driven people with a passion for meeting the medical needs of whose lives had been impacted by illness and pain.
My great respect for these dedicated health care employees came about as I observed them serving in the jobs that the various health care facilities provided.
Whether in hospitals or medical clinics, skilled nursing facilities or working for hospice organizations, health care job opportunities have given purpose to literally thousands in medical careers throughout the world.
For those of us who worked in hospice organizations, the jobs in health care truly provided us Careers With Purpose. We were surrounded by fellow workers in the medical field who had dedicated themselves to that same purpose, caring for those at the end of life.
Now you would think that those of us who work with the elderly, the sickest of the sick, would be depressed and disheartened because we serve those are so close to death and dying, but such is not the case.
For example, before I retired as a hospice chaplain, the workers at Care With Dignity Convalescent Hospital, located here in San Diego, California, were a joy to be around.
Like many other skilled nursing facilities, what I first noticed was a great attitude in the staff. Later I learned that some of those health care workers had worked at that specific facility for over 20 years!
Who are these dedicated medical professionals? They are your friends and mine working in health care careers, some our own family members who responded to health care job opportunities, called to serve us when we need them most.
In my particular niche as a health care chaplain, I worked closely with these whose jobs brought me into the healthcare world. To me they were unsung heroes, doing work that is so necessary for life and health.
In my role as hospice chaplain and spiritual care provider, as I visited patients in hospitals, assisted living facilities, and homes, I continually praised God for the privilege of working with these special compassionate caregivers who had chosen to serve in health care careers.