By Cole Schafer
“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Making the choice to work in healthcare allows you the opportunity to have a lifetime filled with incredibly rewarding experiences. Ralph Waldo Emerson probably wasn’t talking about healthcare when he scribbled down the words above, but he might as well have been. Careers in healthcare rank among some of the most selfless in the world, and that in and of itself is something to be proud of.
With that said, this doesn’t mean you aren’t going to face a few bad days and tough moments — after all, anything rewarding in this world is also challenging.
This list is chock-full of inspiration in the form of blogs and Instagram accounts to help you get through those moments of adversity and to remind you of why you got into healthcare in the first place.
Before you continue, be warned — you might just fall in love with your career all over again.
Inspiring Healthcare Websites & Blogs
Aspiring Docs Diaries provides both inspiration and resources to anyone aspiring to be a physician. Each blog post is written by practicing physicians or med students aspiring to become physicians. This blog is packed full of wonderful inspirational insight, blogs like Remember Why You Started provide great insight to help you stand back up after a rough day, helping you realize that you are not alone, and that many healthcare professionals just like yourself experience similar struggles.
Doctors Without Borders was founded in Paris in 1971 as both a non-profit and self-governed organization. Their mission is to “help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from healthcare.”
Doctors Without Borders also has an amazing blog available for any individual in healthcare looking for a little bit of inspiration on a rainy day. Blog posts are written by both staff and patients, providing a great mix of content and perspectives. "Sierra Leone: When Children Laugh Again" is a great place to start for anyone looking to dive deeper into this blog. While yes, it is considerably more heavy than the others on this list, its valuable insight and vulnerable perspective provide for some excellent take-aways.
At first glance, The Applied Neuroscience Blog doesn’t appear to be anything you'd consider "inspiring," but delve deeper and you will see that the age old adage "never judge a book by its cover" holds true.
This blog differs from the others on the list in that it has a greater concentration on mental and emotional health. While it isn’t directly focused on healthcare, it has a wealth of knowledge pertaining to the science behind success, positivity and living the optimal life.
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As a healthcare professional, much of your life consists of thinking about how you can improve the lives of other people. While this is admirable in so many ways, it is important to remember to take care of yourself. It is much easier to provide care for other people when you are feeling healthy mentally, emotionally and physically — this blog helps you do just that.
Inspiring Instagram Accounts
Why on Earth would a former NFL player be pursuing a career as a neurosurgeon? That is a great question and one that can only be answered by scrolling through Myron Rolle’s instagram account. Rolle played three seasons as a defensive back at Florida State University and had a short stint in the NFL before doing a complete 180 and enrolling in medical school at Harvard University. You can follow this young man’s amazing journey on Instagram — it is packed full of daily inspiration.
When you hear the word "cancer," the thoughts that normally come to mind are anything but pleasant, but the American Cancer Society's Instagram will lift just about anyone’s spirits. Filled with wonderful pictures and survivor stories, this account is sure to inspire anyone in healthcare … and actually, anyone in general.
The American Cancer Society’s Instagram helps remind healthcare professionals of the people they are fighting for and all the lives they are improving.
Inspired By Nurses is an Instagram account that focuses on both humor and inspiration, and sometimes after a rough day, healthcare professionals could use a good dose of both. While this account is obviously focused on nurses, anyone in healthcare can find some humor on their page!
A career in healthcare isn’t easy, but it most certainly is worth it. Not unlike many professions out there, you’re going to experience a healthy mix of both good and bad days. With that said, your positive impact on the lives of others will help make those rough days a little bit easier.
On those days that feel extra heavy, bookmark this list and refer to these healthcare blogs, websites and Instagram accounts for an added dose of inspiration!
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