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5 tips for acing your performance review in healthcare


You’ve been working hard all year to care for people, to save and improve lives. Now, it’s time to talk with your boss about all that good work you’ve been doing and what lies ahead.

Performance reviews in healthcare can be stressful, but not half as stressful as working in healthcare. You’ll be fine. We just have a few prescriptions for you. Take this advice to heart and you won’t simply ace the performance evaluation. You’ll push your career forward.

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Be prepared

Whether you’re in the ER, ICU, or a healthcare performance review, the key to success is preparation. You need to prepare to advocate for yourself, of course, but you also need to prepare to guide the conversation.

Consider what questions you’re going to ask, and determine a few topics of discussion you want to cover. For example, what do you see as the future of healthcare in your organization, and what’s your role in guiding it there? What obstacles that stand in your organization’s way when trying to provide the highest quality care to your patients, and what is the best strategy for overcoming them? What healthcare skills does your institution need to work on?

Tackling deep questions in discussions like this can help you develop a closer relationship with your supervisor while showing your ability to look at the bigger picture.

Know your challenges

Like blood in a blocked artery, what obstructions hold you back? Whether they’re internal or external, we all have them. Being honest about what stands in the way of improvement and identifying how your institution can help you clear the path could ease your upcoming year while impressing your boss with your problem-solving skills.



Tackling deep questions in discussions like this can help you develop a closer relationship with your supervisor while showing your ability to look at the bigger picture.

Identify your strengths

Working in healthcare takes a lot of attention to detail. Why not turn that sharp eye onto yourself? Catalog your milestones and accomplishments over the course of the year. You can use this data to quantify what you’ve achieved and how you’ve grown.

You should also think about what sets you apart. Everyone in your organization is probably there because they’re motivated to help people and save lives. What unique healthcare skills do you bring to the table? You need to know what makes you special and strengthen your argument by backing it up with data.

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Accept feedback

After honing your communication skills in healthcare, you’ve used those skills to make a strong case that you’re pretty great. You’ve already diagnosed your own challenges and laid out the remedies, but you’re still going to get some criticism during this performance review.

Your first response to feedback should be a simple thank you. If you don’t quite get it, ask some questions to clarify. Make sure you understand the take-away. This is a chance for you to see your blind spots and improve.

Create an action plan

Your healthcare institution may be strapped for cash, but there’s more to negotiate than pay raises and promotions. What other ways can you advance your career? You’re here to heal people. Your organization can help you achieve that goal, but you need to know what to ask for. Your field is changing every day. Why not ask for more training to help you stay on the cutting edge? Or, maybe you can get support for a project that might clear one of your personal roadblocks at the hospital. If it’s tripping you up, it may be causing problems for others. Take the time to research projects and opportunities that can help you reach your personal goals while furthering the mission of the institution.

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