Security professionals play a vital role in maintaining a safe healthcare environment. Whether it be greeting patients, staff, or visitors at the entrances, way-finding, or providing high-risk patient watch services or emergency department security, there are so many areas in which security can make an impact.
If you want to find out more about the duties and responsibilities of a healthcare security officer, check out this blog. But if you’ve already cemented your career in healthcare security and are looking to advance, read on to discover tips to help you achieve your goals.
Developing Your Career in Healthcare
Obtain the Necessary Education
A high school diploma or GED is typically the minimum requirement to work as a healthcare security officer. However, having an advanced degree in security management, criminology, or a related field can be beneficial and may help you advance more quickly in your career. Consider pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree in security management or a related field to gain a deeper understanding of security operations and management.
Earning relevant certifications can demonstrate your expertise in the security field and help you stand out to potential employers. The Associate Protection Professional (APP) and Certified Protection Professional (CPP) certification offered by ASIS International are widely recognized certifications that demonstrates a high level of knowledge and expertise in the security field. Additionally, the Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator (CHPA) credential offered by the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) is a specialized certification for those working in healthcare security.
Starting as a healthcare security officer is a great way to gain valuable experience and knowledge of the industry. Look for opportunities to take on additional responsibilities and leadership roles within your organization, such as becoming a shift supervisor or training new hires. This will help you develop the skills and experience needed to advance in your career.
Seek a Mentorship
Finding a mentor in the security industry who can provide valuable guidance and support as you work to advance your career. Look for experienced professionals in your organization or industry associations like ASIS International or IAHSS who can offer insights into the skills and experience needed to advance in your career. Consider attending networking events, virtual seminars, and conferences to meet other professionals in the industry while expanding your network.
Ongoing training and development is essential for advancing your career in security management. Attend seminars and workshops (in-person and virtually) to stay up to date on the latest trends and best practices. Read industry publications to learn about new developments in the field. Consider pursuing additional certifications or taking courses to develop new skills and knowledge.
Building a strong network of contacts in the security industry can help you access new opportunities and advance your career. Attend industry events and join industry associations like ASIS or IAHSS to meet other professionals and access resources and training. Consider joining online networking groups or forums to connect with professionals outside of your immediate area.
Work Your Way Up
Look for opportunities to advance within your organization or seek out new opportunities at other companies. Aim to take on more responsibilities and leadership roles, such as a security supervisor or manager, to gain the experience needed to become a security director. Be proactive in seeking out new opportunities and be willing to take on new challenges to continue growing in your career.
Opportunities for Advancement
Overall, building a career in security management requires a combination of education, experience, certification, mentorship, ongoing learning, networking, and a willingness to take on new challenges. By following these steps and remaining dedicated to your career development, you can work your way up to becoming a security director in the healthcare industry or any other industry.
PalAmerican has a promotion from within philosophy where employees can plot their career paths within PalAmerican. Our goal is not just to fill shifts; it’s to nurture careers and professionalize the security industry.
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