How my Experiences at the University of Northern Colorado helped me discover my path of Healthcare

By Colleen Sullivan

Monfort College of Business

Monfort College of Business

As graduation approaches I am excited and eager to enter the workforce; however it is hard to think of leaving the world of a student. I will miss the days being able to walk around campus and run into a friend. I will miss the days of coming to the business school basement and collaborating ideas with other business students. It seems like yesterday when my parents dropped me off at the New South dorms at the University of Northern Colorado.

It would be difficult to describe the lessons that I have learned in at UNC in one blog post however, I have thought of two ways my experiences at UNC helped me discover my path of healthcare.

The Monfort College of Business

After changing my major from nursing to undecided my sophomore year I found myself unsure of where my next path should take me. In the spring of 2012 I took a Foundations of Business thought class. In this class I found that there was no reason for me to say goodbye to the healthcare world. Business has allowed me to explore different fields of healthcare.

Leadership opportunities

My mother told me before I left for college: “I think you will find that you learn more outside of the classroom than inside of the classroom.” I cannot help but think how accurate this statement is. Do not get me wrong I learned more than I have ever thought possible in the classroom, however my experiences out of the classroom taught me more than I ever thought possible.

After being Vice President of Finance in my sorority, I found that I really enjoyed explaining budgets, numbers and how much I loved excel. Yes I get excited when equations you enter into excel works for the entire spreadsheet. Being president of my sorority taught me effective ways to communicate with others. After I approach the workforce I believe that communication is a key to the business world. I hope to one day help contribute the lessons that I have learned as a leader.

I am so thankful for my sorority leadership experiences. I believe that finding a community in college is so vital to growing as learning outside of the classroom. I hope to one day contribute my lessons that I have learned to the healthcare industry.

The Take Away

Staying true to my passion has led me find an interest in healthcare marketing. The Monfort College of Business has allowed me to stay true to that passion and explore different options. As I approach the job force I cannot help but think of the quote: “If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you.” ~ T. Alan Armstrong. I have been very lucky to discover my passion at the University of Northern Colorado


How Twitter has helped me gain Knowledge on Healthcare Marketing

By: Colleen Sullivan 

As a student Twitter has provided so many different opportunities for me to stay up to speed on the healthcare marketing industry. An average Google search does not consolidate information, however Twitter allows me to see what the leaders in the healthcare industry are talking about, and what different tactics are working for healthcare providers.

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Top 5 ways Twitter has helped me gain knownledge on Healthcare Marketing

1. Allows me to get information quickly: As a busy student I really enjoy how Twitter provides me with the opportunity to gain knowledge on different healthcare topics on a daily basis. By creating lists on Twitter I have narrowed down healthcare providers in the Denver area. As the healthcare industry becomes more competitive, Twitter provides me with the opportunity to look at the different healthcare providers and see what they are doing to set themselves apart in the industry.

The Twitter tweets that resonate with me when I follow different sources are Kaiser Permanete and Centura Health. Kaiser and Centura both share new developments in their hospital, however they also offer nutritious facts, and inspirational messages for their followers which I’ve noticed sets them apart from their competitors.

Kaiser Permanete Twitter page

Centura Health 

2. Twitter is the Nucleus of Social Media: I like to think of Twitter as the nucleus of social media. Twitter connects users to various social media platform. Keeping up with the many different types of social media can get overwhelming, however I have found that Twitter can be used as a home base for social media.

I have really enjoyed how YouTube complements Twitter.  When I was doing research on effective healthcare messages I found a very helpful video YouTube video. This video explains how complicated healthcare messages do not resonate with patients. With the use of hashtags and at mentions Twitter allowed me to share this information quickly and effectively.

Effective healthcare messages

3. Twitter allows healthcare providers to connect with their consumers: Just like any business, healthcare providers look for ways to improve customer service. Twitter allows businesses to directly connect with dissatisfied customers. Twitter provides businesses the opportunity to position themselves as a personal and relatable.

As a student I am interested in learning how companies respond to negative customer experiences. Comcast is an example of how they have used Twitter to connect with dissatisfied customers.  Even though Comcast is not a healthcare provider, they have created a twitter account to respond to negative customer experiences to humanize their brand.

Comcast Cares Twitter Account

Twitter Brand success stories

4. Gains my knowledge on healthcare marketing: Before creating a Twitter account I had basic resources to search for information on healthcare marketing. With Twitter I have had the ability to follow influencers and read about various marketing tactics.

Creating lists allows me to separate healthcare providers in Colorado and Digital Marketing which has helped me gather information more effectively.

How to create lists on Twitter

5. Twitter has provided me with a unique selling point: As I embark on my job search I have found that Twitter has provided me with a unique way to demonstrate what I am continuously learning. Twitter has the ability to connect with various social media platforms that allows me to share my blog posts, articles on healthcare marketing and so much more.

Take-away: Twitter has been an excellent source for gathering information quickly and effectively.  Twitter helps me sync with different social media platforms. I have learned how businesses use to Twitter to connect with consumers. It has helped me gain knowledge on healthcare marketing, and finally it provides me with a unique selling point.

Set up your own Twitter today!  How to set up a twitter account