Considering A Health Career? Here’s What You Need To Know
While staying healthy and keeping ourselves alive for as long as possible have been a natural instinct since the dawn of time, there are way more opportunities for healthcare professionals these days. We have technology to thank for this, of course, as well as science and the healthcare sector is moving forward at a rapid pace.
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That’s why you have so many choices in terms of choosing a career in healthcare and you should go through all of your options before you decide on something final. This article focuses on the challenges of working in the medical field, specifically, and should be applicable to anyone considering a career as a nurse or a physician.
Here is a handful of the most important things you should know about before starting your first day as a hospitalist so that you can feel a bit more confident about your decision – and perhaps even ace your first few days on the job.
First: You need to prepare for the night shifts
Any nurse would be quick to tell you that the night shifts are hard on the newcomers. We’re not really made to stay awake during the night and sleep when the sun is up so it’s no wonder that you’re feeling a bit light-headed and out of touch after your first couple of rounds.
There are, luckily, a couple of ways to make those graveyard shifts a bit easier on you. Remember to stay hydrated and try to avoid that coffee if you’re able to; the caffeine will only make you crash after a few hours and you’ll struggle with falling asleep when it’s time to head back home.
Keep your blood sugar up by snacking throughout the shift and try to choose something that contains a lot of water as well. It just makes it a bit easier to stay hydrated and full while working.
Prepare your bedroom as well, by the way, and get some high-quality blackout curtains so that you’re able to actually fall asleep even though the sun is up. Without these curtains, it’s going to be very difficult – and you’ll need the energy for when it’s time for the night shift again.
If the regular shifts and the absence of flexibility put you off from heading into the healthcare sector, you might want to consider the other options of being a hospitalist in terms of choosing locum tenens.
Next: Ask for help
More than anything else, new nurses are scared of making mistakes. You will make a few hiccups, though, but don’t be afraid to ask the more experienced hospitalists for help; they remember how it was to be new at the job and should be more than happy to help you out.
Getting to know the other people you’re working with will also help you to settle in a bit sooner and feel happy at your workplace. Make sure that you take advantage of the others’ expertise and experience and it will be way easier for you to avoid those dreaded mistakes.
As long as you’re able to stay friendly and humble when asking for help and able to accept their knowledge, those older hospitalists will definitely help you to both climb the career ladder and ensure the safety of your patients.
It’s the kind of stuff that makes it a lot easier to get through challenging and hectic shifts without losing your cool.
Remember to continue learning
Just because you’ve completed your residency and landed your first job doesn’t mean that you’re outlearned. In this field, there is no such thing as ever being done with your education – and the more you remind yourself about this, the humbler you’ll remain.
Someone who is eager to learn and willingly accepts new information will definitely be the kind of employee your boss prefers, though, so make sure that they know just how much you enjoy learning new things. With time, you might want to further your education and specialize in something, for example, and it’s important that you’re able to work this out together with your boss.
You can start by having a look at this article to learn all about some different fields you might want to dive deeper into, by the way, and make it a bit easier for you to pick a specialization when the time is right.
Being new at the hospital is definitely not easy – but as long as you bring your focus back to what’s important, namely caring for the patients, you’ll make the right decisions, in the end.