Being an English teacher, I obviously believe that writing well is important, but my telling this to people–students in particular–is NEVER going to be as effective as having professionals who work with the language in their everyday jobs explain it.Rhonda Staats, program chair for the health care management degree (HCM) program and former professional in the health care management field, said, “Writing well is important because it is preceded and often followed by clear thinking. The number one quality HCM Program Advisory Committee (PAC) members prize in prospective and current employees is the ability to present a proposal, argument, or project clearly, succinctly, and logically. This enables HCM professionals to form current and cogent arguments around which to recruit and mobilize support for any project or course of action.”
Clinton Kanieski, information technology (IT) program chair and former network administrator said, “[Writing well] is vital in the IT field. Technical reports need to be concise and understandable. If they are not, the creation of a network, or maintenance thereof, is extremely challenging. Additionally, there are plans that need to be developed in case of a specific event. Disaster recovery plans need to detail where, what, how and when the network will be copied, stored and maintained.”
Faith Bergen, administrative assistant at Globe University-La Crosse, expressed that writing is important in all fields. “Writing skills parallel your appearance and the person you present in the work environment. The fear factor associated with writing can be re-aligned to reflect the skills you are willing to possess to be successful in your field. I have found when I let go of the fear of writing, I was able to reflect the professional manner which the writing skill deserves!”
According to Aimee Miritello, former chair of the Massage Therapy program, and Dean of Students at Globe-La Crosse, writing is important within the field of massage therapy because therapists will be communicating with other types of providers such as doctors, physical therapists, or chiropractors. Without the ability to clearly and professionally articulate with other professionals, the client/patient might not be getting the full benefit of the treatments and therapies being provided.
Stephanie Schultz, an adjunct professor and radiology technologist, expressed that writing in her field was vital as well. “Writing in the medical assisting field is critical. Each medical assistant has to write in patients’ charts about lab results, patient complaints, vital signs, and various other things. If a medical assistant is not able to write in a comprehensible manner, then the physician would not be able to treat the patient properly. Medical assisting students need to know how to be good writers so that they can communicate the patient’s illness properly with the doctor and other appropriate staff. Without good writing, medical mistakes are made.”
Each quarter, students ask why a college-level composition class is necessary. I attempt to show that in each of their fields, there are many times when a comma, period, or dash can make a gigantic difference. For students actually seeing the “million dollar comma error” or medical dosage error in a real-life situation, makes language preciseness immensely more meaningful.
This post was written by Ree Nae Roberge-Greene. Ree Nae is the Student Services and Online Learning Coordinator at Globe University-La Crosse. She has been employed in at Globe University since January 2011. She moved into the role of Student Services Coordinator in August of 2011 and loves it! Ree Nae Roberge-Greene blogs for Globe-La Crosse, and she is enjoying the challenge of finding a new and exciting topic to write about each week.