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    Ronald L’Heureux
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    All of the quality-improvement positions in healthcare I have come across require an RN or similarly extensive healthcare experience.  How does a certified Six Sigma Black Belt with many years of quality and process-improvement experience in various service industries, switch over to the healthcare industry without the required healthcare experience?

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    #59984

    Gustavo Garcia
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    Hello, I will try to give you an answer, that may be will help you and others to understand how it is possible. When you became a belt you are a process belt not  healthcare,car manufacture or electronics belt.  This is how I understand the role of a belt.  
    Thank you.
    Gustavo 

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    #59985

    Terry
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    It’s called networking. Healthcare is full of “old boys networks” and certification requirements. This will change over time and they find themselves less and less able to handle the needs of customers. And they will look more and more to proven methodologies, like six sigma, to help — as well as bring in qualified people from the outside as they realize that their work is just a set of processes that can be defined, measured, analyzed, improved and controlled (just like any other process).
    Having said all that (and back to my original post), if you have a network of influential people within healthcare they can help you get job(s). Try to attend as many conferences as you can. Network and share ideas with people in industry. Try to wow them. You will need to “get in” before you can prove yourself and that may require some action on your part to do so. Once you’re in and with proven experience, they won’t care so much that you aren’t originally from their industry.
    Good luck!
    Terry

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    #59986

    Ronald L’Heureux
    Member

    Thank you, Terry, for your excellent response.  If it’s to be it’s up to me.

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    #59987

    Terry
    Member

    You are very welcome. Happy holidays.
    Terry

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    #59992

    David Oakley
    Participant

    Ronald
    What I am trying (which hasn’t worked yet) is to volunteer at a hospital. In six months I have had two positions and will start a third next week. Each assignment has gotten me closer to the job that I’m trying to get. It is also giving me an increasing number of people that are working trying to get me hired. I am getting a lot of hospital experience if I ever land a health care job.
     
    This particular health care organization has a quality and cost improvement program. They only accept experienced RN’s to work on the program. They’ve had openings that they couldn’t fill for over six months and won’t change the requirement. I think that this is pretty common.
     
    David

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    #59997

    Schuette
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    Hello,
    I lead the Six Sigma deployment of a major health plan in the NYC area and I can tell you that out of the 15 Black Belts and 30 Green Belts I oversee, only 3 of these professionals are clinicians. My advice to you is to look at other organizations involved with healthcare such as laboratories, pharmaceutical companies and health plans. They won’t reject talent based on clinical credentials alone. Good luck.
    Jim

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    Ronald L’Heureux
    Member

    Thank you, Jim, for your helpful response.

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    #60327

    boettler
    Member

    Ronald:
    Just to let you know you’re not alone.  I’ve been leading IT quality/performance improvement projects for years, but have wanted to get into healthcare.  In the last few year, I’ve been able to land two projects for the Laboratory Services department of a local, 140-bed hospital.   I too think building a network is the way to go, but I would encourage you to accelerate the process by marketing yourself directly to quality departments as a consultant.  I think it’s also helpful to formalize your experience on a web page that you can include links to showcase your work (e.g., http://rwillif.home.comcast.net/ss_examples.html) which is part of my larger web site: http://www.rwilliford.com.

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    #60331

    boettler
    Member

    Ronald:
    Another few points in addition to my other posting in this forum:
    1) While clinical problems in healthcare perhaps are more exciting, don’t forget the claims processing, billing, etc. end of things.  Plenty of opportunities out there, and they don’t require RN licensure.
    2) I’m a firm believer in obtaining letters of recommendation from previous employers/clients.  Draft one for your recent work and provide it to your customer to edit and print on his/her company (hospital) letterhead.  Then include the letter as a scanned image on the last page of your MS Word resume that you float around.  It’ll distinguish you from all the “lemmings” out there.   This is a general technique that I would suggest to anyone out there job hunting.  The resume that I circulate actually has 2 letters of recommendation as scanned images on pages 3-4 of my resume.  I have continued my work a local, 150-bed hospital, but they can’t keep me busy full-time. 
    Hope these ideas are helpful.
    /rw

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    #60350

    Advimed
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    All of the quality-improvement positions in healthcare I have come across require an RN or similarly extensive healthcare experience.  How does a certified Six Sigma Black Belt with many years of quality and process-improvement experience in various service industries, switch over to the healthcare industry without the required healthcare experience?
    I picked this string up from a year ago and it struck a cord.   I originally came from the clinical side (RN), and for the last ten years pursued six sigma and a BA in business management because I saw such a quality gap not being fulfilled by clinical/professionals internally in hospitals.
    My suggestion: give your dog and pony to hospital executives, not initially to the clinical execs, it will not matter what your credentials are..  There is a difference in the interpretation of quality and process at the clinical level and unfortunately hospital operations tend not to get involved in what they see as clinical issues.  When internal healthcare process improvement does not effectively improve hospital bottom line six sigma solutions will become more highly regarded and your credentials will be an asset. Hospital competition, changing marketplace etc. will assure of that.
    Sad, though to hear out of 45 black/green belts are clinical.  As with any other corporation/business if six sigma is not embraced and understood in the workforce,  its all uphill. 
    Good luck,,,,,
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    #62517

    boettler
    Member

    Pitch yourself as an indepent consultant (even if you’re working now), contact hospital department leads, and offer to do Lean Six Sigma work on a pro-bono (free) basis.  That’s how I broke into healthcare/hospital work 8 years ago. 

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