What Makes an Enjoyable Medical Job?

Amber Mashuta, MS, CPNP


July 05, 2022

What makes an enjoyable medical job?

In medicine, our jobs can be stressful but also highly rewarding. Things like a living wage, advancement opportunities, and paid time off are crucial features of the job for most people; however, let us take a look at what other aspects are essential.

In this post, I have shared a few things that I think are important, but please let me know in the comments what you think makes a job enjoyable. I have included questions for you to consider at the end of each paragraph that I would love to hear your thoughts on.


Feeling as though we can truly help our patients and positively impact their lives gives us a greater sense of purpose. If we feel as though we cannot make a positive difference (this could be for any number of reasons), that sense of purpose could diminish.

  • What do you think can contribute to or diminish the sense of purpose you might feel while at work?

  • What job did you have that you found to be most purposeful or meaningful? Why?


Most people would agree that time is of the essence, especially when working in the medical field. I think we all struggle with the clock, at least sometimes. Whether it is making a critical diagnosis quickly or seeing all of our patients in a timely manner, time can seem like it is constantly getting away from us. To this, I would say having enough time to get everything done to do our jobs well is an essential ingredient for a great medical job.

  • What is the most challenging aspect of managing time while you are at work?

  • What could help make it better?


The people we work with can change our entire perspective of a job. If, with our colleagues, we create an inviting atmosphere, our workflow can be changed for the better. A team of people that genuinely want to work together is key to success. I find myself increasingly thankful for the people around me who help make my day a little better with their contributions to taking care of our patients.

  • How have your colleagues helped to make your workplace better?

  • What do you appreciate most about the people you work with?


Work-life balance is significant because it gives us time away to recharge and refocus. When we have a suitable work-life balance, we can enjoy both our work and time outside of work more. It also allows us to lead healthier lifestyles and be more productive during work hours. I try to make time in my week to attend a yoga class or read a good book.

  • What does an excellent work-life balance look like to you?

  • How do you think you can achieve it? If you have achieved it, how do you maintain it?

Now, it's your turn! Let me know in the comments what your favorite job is or was and why.

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About Amber Mashuta, MS, CPNP
Amber Mashuta is a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner with a vast array of experience in acute care inpatient settings. During the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, she was a frontline provider in New York City, where she treated both pediatric and adult patients. After moving out of New York City, she completed a 700-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail from New York to Maine. She is also an avid writer and chess player.


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