Starting your first role is without doubt challenging experience, so we’ve compiled a few tips to help you survive your first year as a Junior Doctor.
Get to know your colleagues
Spend some time getting to know your colleagues and building trust and rapport. You will have to seek advice from them at some point, so make sure you know who you are working with – nurses, domestics, porters, anyone really.
Adjust to shift work
Working long shifts and/or nights can challenging for anyone at the beginning. Don’t be too hard on yourself and give yourself a chance to adjust to a shift work. Don’t forget taking some time to recharge your batteries – communicate with your loved ones and plan your days off so you can maximize them.
Take care of yourself
Happy doctors, happy patients – as simple as that. Time will be extremely precious for you, so always make time to eat and keep hydrated. Perhaps keeping a water bottle with you is a good idea.
Don’t hesitate to ask plenty of questions during your first few weeks. Patients look for reassurance and if you don’t know the answer to a specific question, it’s only natural for you to ask someone with an abundance of knowledge in the building. You won’t know where everything is or what to do in certain situations.