Week 9 Discussion
After completing the assigned reading and viewing the course lecture, take a moment to reflect on the skills required for a career in healthcare, and then answer the following questions. Are soft skills as important as hard skills in the healthcare workplace? Why or why not? What can a person do to acquire the soft skills that they don’t already have? How does academic literacy relate to both hard and soft skills? What hard and soft skills will you need to develop before you transition to professional practice?
Week 9 Discussion
Are soft skills as important as hard skills in the healthcare workplace? Why or why not?
Yes, soft skills are as crucial as hard skills in the healthcare workplace. Soft skills can be described as the characteristics traits and the interpersonal communication quality a person possesses, to build a healthy relationship with others. This is considered crucial in any healthcare environment because healthcare professionals always have to deal with patients and their family members. Proper interactions with them are very important to convey the intended information and handle them in a professional and inspiring approach.
What can a person do to acquire soft skills that they don’t already have?
We all are aware of the fact that for effective communication, both hard and soft skills are required. The major soft skills which can contribute to effective communication include leadership skills, work ethics, teamwork, problem-solving skills, adaptability, and communication skills (AbuJbara & Worley, 2018, p.249). All these skills are basically incorporated within a child right from the school, family, peers, and other surrounding environment (Majluf, 2021, p.25). If a person is lack any soft skills they can get involved in any voluntary activities or enroll in any courses or programs to acquire these skills.
How does academic literacy relate to both hard and soft skills?
Both hard and soft skills play an important role in the success of the career and academic achievements. Through soft skills, students are able to develop a sense of cooperation, teamwork, problem-solving skills, study skill, writing skills, accountability, and a strong sense of empathy towards others. This skill will also help the students how to deal with new situations and built relationships to give the result of the hard skills to the fullest.
What hard and soft skills will you need to develop before you transition to professional practice?
The most important soft skills which are required for a health care professional include excellent communication skills, patience, empathy, flexibility, honesty, work ethics, and time management.
On the other hand, the most important hard skills which are crucial for a health care professional include computer literacy, analytical ability, application of medical instruments, patient preparation, reading medical reading, and analyzing power.
AbuJbara, N. A. K., & Worley, J. A. (2018). Leading toward new horizons with soft skills. On The Horizon-The Strategic Planning Resource for Education Professionals, 26(3), 247-259.
Majluf, N. (2021). Soft Skills for Human Centered Management and Global Sustainability. M. T. Lepeley, N. J. Beutell, & N. Abarca (Eds.). US: Routledge.