Green Health Care Jobs

Green Healthcare Jobs

Anyone who has ever worked in the medical field knows that “green” health services are a bit of an oxymoron. From disposable gloves and laundry services to the amount of paperwork processed on a daily basis, most health care facilities are more concerned with keeping patients healthy than contributing to the environment in a positive way.

However, that doesn’t mean you have to set your eco-friendly scruples aside in order to work in the health care field. In fact, more and more health care professionals are taking matters into their own hands, entering jobs that allow them to reduce their own carbon footprint.

Medical Transcription

One of the best ways to work in a “green” health care job is to work from home as a medical transcriptionist. When you telecommute, you can significantly reduce carbon emissions due to commute times, oftentimes going so far as to eliminate the need for a primary or secondary car in your household.

Telecommuting also lends itself to reduced paper usage, thanks to a heavier emphasis on email and telephone correspondence over memos and in-office documents. Medical transcriptionists take this idea one step further, since most of their work is done electronically, sending and receiving the files and messages in need of transcription over the Internet.

In-Home Care Provider

Although in-home care providers are required to do quite a bit of traveling in order to perform their jobs, the reduced dependence on hospitals and physician offices more than makes up for it. After all, every time a patient is admitted to a health care center, there are transportation issues, paperwork, and initial testing to contend with, not to mention the ecological ramifications of an extended stay at the facility.

By working as a home health care provider, you’re allowing patients to receive quality, consistent care independent of a hospital. This kind of service eases both the administrative and ecological burden on the health care field.

Steps to Take in Any Health Care Field

Although you won’t be able to make changes to the health care field overnight, you can do your part to contribute to the environment in a positive way. You can:

  • Pack a lunch and/or get your coffee in reusable containers.
  • Commute via public transportation, carpooling, or bike.
  • Use the phone or email in place of written correspondence, when possible.
  • Keep lights in the break room off or low when not in use.
  • As it is allowed, use hand sanitizer in place of hand washing.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re working as a physical therapist, a phlebotomist, or a medical assistant – when added together, small steps can make a big impact.

 

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