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Career Paths

Many people want to pursue a career in healthcare; however, finding the healthcare career path that is best matched with your interests and skills can be challenging. We have designed the following career paths for our current and prospective employees to use as a guide when seeking advancement or employment with Columbus Regional Health.

Our hospital also offers educational funding assistance to employees pursuing academic degrees which benefit the organization, including tuition reimbursement that is granted at the beginning of the semester, and scholarships/loans through the hospital Foundation.

Nursing

Would you like to join an excellent nursing team? Through leadership and collaborative practice, the nursing division at Columbus Regional Hospital provides cost effective, patient-centered interdisciplinary care. The professional registered nurse is an integral component of the total health care team and the principal agent by which the therapeutic and diagnostic modalities are delivered to the patient. Nursing care is provided in a decentralized system of departments and programs allowing the registered nurse to manage the delivery of patient care services from admission to discharge.

Nurses who choose to practice at Columbus Regional Hospital can expect an individualized orientation program that includes classroom instruction and a preceptorship which links a new nurse with an experienced staff nurse as a partner. In addition, a Clinical Enhancement Program offers opportunities for recognizing and rewarding nurses for professional growth and development of clinical expertise in their area of practice.

Emergency Services

Do you enjoy fast-paced situations that are always changing and providing new challenges? Being part of our Emergency Response team or Emergency Department requires the ability to adapt to chaotic circumstances while maintaining a calm demeanor and providing practical solutions as part of a team effort to relieve the crisis.

Emergency professionals have outstanding customer interaction capabilities, coupled with an internal drive to stabilize the pressing needs of the patient's medical situation. This field has enormous growth opportunity for persons of all education levels, and adds variety to everyday work with options to be stationed in the air, on the roadways, or in the hospital.

Surgical Services

Surgical team members can include Orderlies, Techs and Nurses. As a member of the surgical team, they work in collaboration with other health care professionals including the surgeon, anesthesiologist, surgical assistant, and other assistive personnel. The perioperative crew provides care to surgical patients before, during and after surgery.

Being part of the surgery team requires a unique, highly developed set of knowledge, skills and attitudes. The surgical field of study has a different type of patient interaction than on a nursing unit, as these patients are usually seen on an outpatient or one-time basis, and are unconscious during most of their time in the surgery areas. However, there is still a strong need for calm, direct communication skills to work with both patients and families, considering that surgery is often the most stressful piece of one's medical stay. There is great opportunity for growth and development, and a wide variety of fields to circulate through, including orthopedic, cardiovascular, bariatric, cosmetic, gynecologic, urologic, neurological, and general surgeries, plus many more.

Pharmacy

If you enjoy working with people, excel in math and science, and would like a rewarding career in healthcare, then Pharmaceutical studies may be the right career for you. There has never been a better time to consider a career in pharmacy. The demand for trained pharmacy professionals has dramatically increased in recent years due to the rapid growth of the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, especially for the growing elderly population. There is also an increasing need as pharmacists become more actively involved in drug therapy decision-making for patients of all ages. Hospital-based pharmacy personnel can enjoy the benefits of working directly with the physicians and nursing staff, as well as interacting daily with patients and families, providing education and direction on prescription drugs and possible interactions. Strong attention to detail, combined with superior communication skills, allows the pharmacist to succeed in the team effort to provide a healing atmosphere for our patients.

Radiation Therapy

Working with patients and families who are being treated for cancer can be extremely rewarding. Employees in this field get satisfaction out of building close relationships with patients and their loved ones. The delivery of Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy requires education with regard to the treatments as well as management of the side effects related to the disease and treatment. Support staff and Cancer Center staff work together as one team to meet the needs of the patient as well as one another.

Therapists must have excellent communication skills in order to successfully educate and inform the patients and their families through the treatment process. Strong attention to detail and a solid education provide the building blocks for a thriving career in this compassionate field.

Information Technology (Support Techs and System Analysts)

Columbus Regional Health offers a broad range of careers in information technology. Several career tracks have been developed to encourage internal advancements and job satisfaction. Information technology in healthcare is one of the top careers today. Our commitment to quality and safety through state-of-the-art technology is reflected in the Most Wired National Award that CRH has received for three consecutive years.

As an information technology professional you will have the pleasure of working with many skilled and dedicated healthcare workers in a great environment. Teamwork, enthusiasm and positive attitudes are key characteristics of our information technology team. If you enjoy working closely with computers, you may enjoy our support path. These positions require constant attention to details and a high level of integrity. If you enjoy working with customers such as clinicians and other professionals, our analyst path may be more appealing. Although this path also requires attention to detail and high integrity, it also demands excellent communication skills to ensure positive interaction with customers.

Laboratory/Medical Technology

Do you have a love for science, cells, bacteria, and microscopic analysis? If so, a career in the Laboratory sciences might be a great fit for you. Our lab employees must like challenge and responsibility. They must also be accurate, work well under pressure and communicate effectively. Most laboratory employees do not work directly with the patient, but instead "behind the scenes," analyzing and testing specimens. However, phlebotomists do have a great deal of patient contact and must create an atmosphere of trust and confidence with patients while drawing blood specimens in a skillful, safe and reliable manner.

All positions with laboratory services require the individuals to work together as a team. All of the work done in all departments of the laboratory is directly related to our ability to provide the patient's physician with diagnostic information. The laboratory employees must work well together to meet the needs of their specific departments. The laboratory must also work well with other hospital departments to provide results in a timely manner. Successful employees have high attention to detail, minimal absenteeism, and must be able to work independently. We train on the job and send employees back to school who wish to advance in our service line.

Rehabilitation Services

Be part of a team that makes it possible for people with physical, mental, or developmental problems to live more independent lives. Rehab professionals help our patients master everyday tasks such as speaking, hearing, walking, driving, cooking, cleaning, and dressing themselves.

People working in the field of rehabilitation have numerous prospects for challenging careers that allow for variety, mobility, advancement, and self-fulfillment. Creativity, patience, and problem solving skills are essential in this profession, as every patient requires an individualized treatment plan that fits his/her abilities and lifestyle. This career can be truly rewarding as the therapists have the unique opportunity to strengthen the quality of everyday life for the person who is recovering from a debilitating illness or injury.

Health Information (Medical Records)

Health Information professionals play a critical role in maintaining, collecting and analyzing the data that doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers rely on to deliver quality healthcare. They are experts in managing patient health information and medical records, administering computer information systems and coding the diagnosis and procedures for healthcare services provided to patients. If you have an interest in healthcare and information technology, this field may be the right career choice for you, as it is where the expanding arena of healthcare meets the cutting edge of technology.

Extensive computer skills, analytical abilities, and knowledge of medical terminology, combined with an investigative personality and a desire to work on policies and projects as part of an overall team effort are the qualities needed for the successful candidate.

Respiratory Therapy

Most people take breathing for granted, but not our professionals in this field! Respiratory care practitioners are the health care specialists who evaluate, treat and care for patients from newborns to senior citizens who have breathing disorders. Therapists measure the capacity of a patient's lungs, draw blood samples to determine gas content, and treat patients by providing therapy that will help them recover their lung function.

Our successful Respiratory team members are able to work both independently and as a team, enjoy a fast-paced environment, enjoy math and science and possess excellent problem-solving skills as well as an ability to make split second decisions. Therapists must have a strong attention to detail, with a motivating desire to help people by using the latest technology in breathing equipment.

Dietetics

Does nutritional science sound interesting to you? Or maybe you enjoy serving others and interacting with patients and families in a non-clinical setting? If so, consider a career with Food and Nutritional Services! We have positions for those who enjoy working with the public or patients in service-oriented areas, or positions for those who prefer to work in a more task-oriented setting with very little patient/public interaction.

Working with the patients and the public in service positions requires patience, compassion, and a desire to please, along with basic computer skills. Our task-oriented positions require fast-paced responsibilities, attention to details, and an ability to prioritize and adjust your work to the demands of the moment.

Neuro Diagnostics (Sleep Lab)

Have you ever wondered what happens while you sleep, and why some people can snore the night away while others toss and turn? Neuro Diagnostic techs assist Neurology/Sleep science physicians with understanding and interpreting the sleep patterns and complexes of our Sleep Lab patients. In addition to assisting specialists with the careful evaluation of patients, they score patient tests and ensure our patients employ the proper use of therapeutic interventions.

Successful techs possess tact, patience, and compassion for their patients, and have strong backgrounds in biology, human anatomy, mathematics, and grammar. Many techs start in another area of the medical field, then use their experience and knowledge to gain a position and be trained in the Sleep Lab on the job. Because of these professionals, somewhere tonight a sleep disorders patient is about to rediscover what it means to really sleep.

Radiology

The radiological technologist assists the Radiology physicians in obtaining images of the patient's internal structure so that a diagnosis can be made. Technologists operate diagnostic radiographic (X-ray) equipment to produce these images. This involves outstanding communication skills and a reassuring demeanor to explain procedures to the patient and obtain cooperation while positioning the patient on the examining table, and adjusting immobilization devices to obtain optimum views of specific body areas.

The technologist may also operate mobile x-ray equipment to obtain images in the emergency room, operating room, or at the patient's bedside. With additional training, a technologist can specialize and work almost exclusively with specialized radiographic equipment including computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and ultrasound (US). Dependable and self-motivated persons flourish in this specialization.

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