As part of their day-to-day job descriptions, hospital IT employees typically have a number of different responsibilities. Most of those responsibilities can be filed in one of two categories: “new project implementation” or “support-type functions.” If you prefer one area over another, you probably can’t image how anyone could like the other area. Many people like the “new project” side because of the satisfaction they get from beginning something new, having a timeline to follow, and seeing a fresh solution implemented within their organization. People who like the “support side” derive satisfaction from working on an immediate problem-fix as well as being a go-to person who keeps things running smoothly. Some people like the variety of having a long-term project on which to focus while, at the same time, dealing with support issues that allow them to have a day-to-day sense of immediate accomplishment. Either way, there’s a multitude of variations out there to keep team members challenged.
However, for people who enjoy the “new project” side of things, it can be difficult to complete a big project if your organization doesn’t have a new one on the immediate horizon.
After organizations complete large-scale implementation, they tend to dedicate a significant amount of time to training, support, and continued optimization before embarking on another large-scale initiative. It’s at this point that people who enjoy these projects begin to feel a decrease in job satisfaction and may begin to look for something new. Due to limited options for healthcare IT professionals in any given local market (as we’ve discussion in other posts:Should you Explore a Career as a Health IT Consultant?), they may begin to explore options available to their skill set and area of expertise in consulting.
Numerous organizations will look to outside consulting firms to augment their staff for large-scale projects or for projects that have aggressive timelines for finite periods of time.
Many organizations are headed in the same direction when it comes to implementing pharmacy IT and pharmacy informatics solutions. If you’ve found that you really enjoyed a project completed within your organization, chances are there are multiple other organizations that will be implementing the same or similar solutions. These organizations could very well benefit from the experience you’ve gained by being part of a similar project.
If you enjoy working on new projects or initiatives, this could be a great opportunity to explore the demand for your skills and knowledge within the pharmacy IT and informatics marketplace.
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