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Join an Association — and Find Strength in Numbers

  • Article by:Health Career Center

Helen Keller once said, “alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

Was she explaining why healthcare professionals should consider joining a professional association? Honestly, we doubt it. But when you look at the many upsides that association memberships offer, her words ring truer than ever. 

After all, a professional association membership gives you a variety of opportunities to further your career goals and enhance your personal development. And there are so many options – a quick online search is likely to yield multiple national, state and regional chapters in your area. 

With a job market that’s growing at record rates, it’s vital that you start distinguishing yourself from your competition now. Becoming a member of a respected association in your field could give you just the advantage you need.

Still not convinced? Here are a few more reasons why you should consider joining a professional association today. 

Instantly gain a bigger, better network.

From the moment you join a professional association, you’re put in touch with the most influential thought leaders in your field. You also gain entry to a wide array of seminars, conventions, and other events where everyone in attendance is in a unique position to help you. 

Opportunities to meet and network with influencers like these are priceless to people in any industry – but few get to enjoy them on the scale that healthcare association members do. Why not start taking advantage of them now? 

Get more chances to give back to your field.

Beyond the obvious benefits of networking, associations also give you the tools you need to develop your leadership skills and guide younger members down the path to success. You can share wisdom in person at one of your chapter’s member events, or participate online in discussion boards where everyone can benefit from your experience and expertise.

If your dream is to make a difference on a civic level, many associations promote community efforts and social initiatives. Because every once in a while, we can all use the change of pace that comes with caring for people in a non-hospital setting. 

Access a wide array of exclusive resources.

Many health systems target associations for job openings, so you’ll only hear about them if you’re a member. These associations may also offer exclusive seminars on industry trends and resume-writing support, which give you even more advantages when it comes to landing your dream job.

Last but not least, you can’t put a price on knowing that an entire organization is there to support you. Healthcare is a demanding field, and few others heap as much responsibility on its workers. When you feel the pressure – as we all do at some point – it feels good to connect with others who know exactly what you’re going through.

If you want to join an association, is a great place to start. As one of the original founders of the National Healthcare Career Network (NHCN), we have strong ties to more than 300 professional associations and societies, all working to connect healthcare professionals with great job opportunities.

Together, there’s nothing we can’t accomplish. See the associations that are part of the NHCN here and explore the opportunities for membership and networking.