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Characteristics of a Health Care Provider

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Health care providers may be employed by hospitals, clinics, retirement homes or other health care facilities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 14.3 million jobs for health care providers. There are key characteristics that a health care provider must have to be effective.


Health care providers may be expected to attend board meetings that may include senior doctors or nurses. This requires the provider to be professional in collaborating with others, working as part of a team. The provider should be able to create a professional environment to help assure the patient that the health care facility’s services are trustworthy and reliable.

Emotional stability

Health care providers should be able to handle stressful situations, such as caring for terminally ill patients. Other factors may also contribute to stress, such as dealing with the death of a patient. The provider must be emotionally stable and not allow these types of incidents affect job performance.

Sharp appearance

Health care providers should be neat in appearance. Most employers expect providers to be well groomed. In addition, many employers don’t allow heavy jewelry and accessories to be worn with the health provider’s uniform.

Good communicator

Good communication skills are essential to a health provider. Providers should have the ability to communicate with patients and families about care plans and hospital policies. The provider should also be a good listener when addressing a patient's concerns or needs. Providers may be required to communicate with other employees to help provide patient care.


Health care providers usually deal with patients who are severely ill. They must provide a caring and warm environment to help ease the patient’s discomfort. The provider should be compassionate and able to speak kind words to the patient.


Health care providers, specifically those who work in hospitals, may be required to work long hours that include weekends and holidays. They may be required to be on-call in the event of an emergency. Providers must be flexible and willing to arrange their work schedules to meet their employer's needs.


Health care providers should follow directions carefully to help avoid errors, specifically when administering a patient’s medication.


Nichelle Coleman began writing professionally in 2005 and has contributed to professional sites, including and LIVESTRONG. With a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and a master's in technical communication, she helps software companies create training documentation. She specializes in technical, educational and business topics.

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