Each time violence occurs at a medical facility, such as today's tragic shooting at the Western Psychiatric Institute and clinic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, we are reminded just how dangerous some healthcare careers are. Many brave men and women put their own lives on the line to provide medical treatment in certain high-risk settings.
There are many healthcare workers who risk their lives regularly, all in a day's work. Some of the most dangerous medical jobs include:
- Careers in Emergency Medicine - EMTs, ER staff, etc.
- Military Medical Careers (depending on the assignment)
- Mental Health Careers
Even pharmacists are increasingly finding themselves facing dangerous violence, as prescription drug abuse becomes more pervasive in society, and desperate addicts turn to desperate measures to acquire their next fix of pills.
In an effort to reduce incidences of violence on medical campuses, many medical facilities are increasing security measures on site and providing training to staff on violence prevention. While no safety measure can be 100% effective or prevent all danger, it seems due to recent events such as today's clinic shooting, that many hospitals and clinics need to increase safety and security on the property.
What other careers would you add to this list of dangerous medical careers? Would you consider working in a healthcare career that endangers your life or requires you to work in a potentially dangerous or violent environment? Why or why not?