7 Qualities of A Good Healthcare Professional

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If you are going to be visiting some kind of hospital or clinic for a disease or condition that you have, you want to make sure that the people who are taking care of you are professional and high-quality. Right? That’s the basic requirements that every medical establishment should be providing for patients. That there are highly-qualified healthcare professionals who are working there to take care of them. However, the qualifications of a healthcare professional go far beyond just their educational credentials and how many references they have. It also goes into the qualities they have and what characteristics they embody. There are so many great qualities that a good healthcare professional should have, but we’re going to go through the top seven down below. Keep reading to learn more and make sure that you have these qualities if you want to go into a healthcare profession.

1. Communication

Communication is probably the most important quality that a healthcare professional can have when working with patients. If you’re not able to properly communicate with a patient about their diagnosis or what you require of them, then this isn’t going to be an easy ride for either of you. Patients just want people to tell them the best way of going about things, what medications they should be taking, and what risks might be involved in what is going on. If a medical professional isn’t able to clearly communicate these things, the patient is not going to be very happy with their experience.

However, communication is not just about speaking. It’s also about listening. A great healthcare professional is going to be able to listen carefully to what the patient says and what their concerns are. Then, he or she will be able to respond in turn and make sure that they get answers to their questions. Active listening to crucial in the healthcare profession to have a happy patient.

2. Empathy

Of course, a healthcare professional has got to have empathy if they want to be successful. Without being able to put yourself in the shoes of your patient, there is no way that a healthcare professional will be able to understand where he or she is coming from. All a patient in a hospital or clinic really wants is to have someone who understands the fear that they may be experiencing or the pain that they are in. When a healthcare professional shows empathy to a patient, he or she is going to be much happier with the experience and will get out of there faster.

3. Passionate

One of the most important ways that you are going to be successful in the career of healthcare is to have passion. This is a pretty tough career field to be in. There are so many stressful days and sleepless nights that you might have to go through. And that’s just the name of the game when healthcare is round the clock, without a stop. That’s why it’s crucial that you remember why you started providing healthcare in the first place. Why did you get into this field? What makes you passionate about providing healthcare to those in need?

When you remember the answers to these questions, you are going to remember what made you passionate about healthcare in the first place. And patients are going to be much happier with healthcare professionals who are happy with their job and passionate about healthcare. If you’re a dentist, annoyed that you have to keep disinfecting the dental chair, just remember that you got into this field to help people.

4. Forthright

Patients don’t want to waste time with all of those fancy medical terms that they don’t understand. And they don’t want to sit around waiting for you to get to the point of everything. If you are a healthcare professional, then make sure that you learn how to be forthright with patients. You should be able to explain everything that might be wrong in the quickest way possible without confusing them with complex medical terms. When you do this, and go down to the patient’s level, he or she is going to be much more satisfied. All they want to know is what’s going on with them and what can be done about. Short, sweet, and simple.

5. Professional

Of course, being professional is one of the most important parts of being a medical professional. Other professions might not have a strict definition of being “professional”, but it’s pretty clear in the medical field. Patients want someone who is going to be professional with their confidential information and ensure that no one has access to it. They want someone who is going to be there for them at all times and do everything possible in their profession to solve their medical problems. But they don’t want someone who is going to fool around and not take things seriously – that is where professionalism stops for patients.

6. Respectful

There are life lessons medical schools do not teach. It can be tough for medical professionals to treat every single patient like an individual, rather than just a number on a piece of paper. However, that’s exactly what every single patient wants. Every patient in a hospital or clinic wants their healthcare professional to provide them with care that’s special to them and to show them that they really care. The patient is going to be in the hospital for a while, after all. That means that they’re going to want someone there who will take care of them and ensure that they get on with their lives as soon as possible.

7. Knowledgeable

And lastly, but certainly not least, patients want a healthcare professional who knows what he or she is doing. They don’t want to be dealing with someone who doesn’t have the proper knowledge to make sure they get out of the hospital ASAP. If you don’t have the proper education to be a medical professional, then it’s best that you get that knowledge before trying to go into this career field.

And there you have it! These are the top qualities that every single healthcare professional should have before moving into the medical field. Do you have them?


A traveller by day and reader by night' is how I would sum up my life. My wanderlust led me to quit my cushy job at 28 and finally embark on a journey around the world. Since then, I have lived in many countries and soaked in as many books as possible during my travel journeys. Among them, the "Book of Mirdad" is still my personal favourite and holds a special place in my heart. My progression towards writing was inevitable and happened quite naturally. I have been writing for a few years now an...

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