This article is the second in a series on the important of different character traits for working as a certified medical assistant.
In this article, I will discuss perseverance, and why this trait is especially important for those who wish to work in this field. Without this trait, you will find it a very frustrating job. However, it can be learned with some practice.
Perseverance is the ability to not give up when something doesn’t work at first (or at second, or at third). It basically means the ability to not give up and to keep working at something, at least to the point where it becomes completely irrational (when it becomes stubbornness). It is a very important trait in part because it is tied with patience, the ability not to be frustrated by obstacles. It is a lot easier to persevere if you are patient and a lot easier to be patient if you value success.
Perseverance is very important to medical assistance because you will be working with other people and with other technologies that won’t necessarily work (or call you back) right away. Without perseverance, these tasks would simply get set aside and would ultimately pile up. Perseverance allows you to continue to pick at tasks that otherwise might become overwhelming and even the generous medical assistant salary cannot make up for that.
Moreover, perseverance allows you to deal with some of the overall frustrations involved with medicine. Not everything will work and not every patient will even survive. While this is more of a concern for physicians, you will encounter it yourself, especially if you are working closely with patients over time in a smaller clinic. Medicine as a craft doesn’t always work. In fact, it doesn’t even usually work. It is important to keep trying anyway.
Perseverance, then, is very important to medical assistants. It allows them to deal with the more frustrating aspects of being an assistant, but also helps with the overall frustrations of medicine.
by Lindsay Schloss