What's it like to be a Clinician?
A Clinician may be a general practitioner, therapist, nurse, pharmacist or other type of healthcare professional. The main function of the Clinician is to help alleviate the effects of a sick person’s illness on both themselves and their family.
Tasks and duties
- Gathering diagnostic information on a patient’s condition.
- Recommending appropriate treatments to a patient such as writing prescriptions and establishing prevention strategies.
- Promoting healthcare measures.
- Managing a patient’s disease and its impacts.
- Helping patients to determine and manage the risks that are associated with their condition.
This field of medicine isn't necessarily about diagnosis or finding a cure, it is more about managing the patient and their illness, and reducing the impact of the illness on the patient's life. It may involve managing medications but it also includes guiding the patient with techniques such as exercise, diet and lifestyle changes.
Because Clinicians focus on the patient, building and maintaining the Clinician-patient relationship is crucial. Being a good Clinician requires not only gathering diagnostics but listening to the patient about the problem, the progress of treatment and making adjustments accordingly.
What can I earn as a Clinician?
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How to become a Clinician
- Complete a bachelor degree in a relevant field such as a medicine, nursing or physiotherapy.
- Sometimes a Clinician is required to hold a master's degree for example, in counselling or a related field. A master's program typically covers advanced topics, such as assessment techniques. These courses will prepare a student for clinical experience in their chosen field.
- Complete the required number of hours of supervised clinical experience, or an internship.
- Obtain a license to practice in your chosen field.
- Undertake continuing education in order to maintain licensure.
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