As of 2016, there were an estimated 9,550 biochemistry degrees awarded to graduating college students. If you are a recent college grad and are planning on entering the medical field, you should know that you have a lot of hard work ahead of you. Though medical careers can be tiresome, extremely difficult, and very stressful, they can also be quite rewarding.
From studying as much as you can to introducing yourself to your coworkers, here are some great tips for surviving your first week as a brand-new hospital employee:
- Arrive early — At any new job, it’s best to get there early during your first week. This is even more crucial for a job in a hospital, though, because these buildings are much larger than traditional office jobs. Showing up early will not only help you navigate the hospital and the parking lot, but you’ll impress your coworkers and superiors by showing initiative.
- Bring your scientific notebook with you everywhere you go — The best thing you can do during your first week is listen. Listen to every doctor and every nurse that talks to you or shows you anything. You can’t just hear this valuable information, however, you need to actually retain it, which is where your research notebooks come in. Write down everything you can during your first week and look back at all your notes at the end of each shift to keep that info fresh.
- Introduce yourself to everyone — In order to get the most of your time at the hospital, you should meet everyone you can so you can learn as much as possible. The first week of anything new can be intimidating, but if you reach out and introduce yourself to new people, you’ll begin to feel much more confident and comfortable.
- Take a deep breath — The first week working in a hospital is going to be extremely stressful, no matter what. You’re going to find yourself in high-pressure situations quite often — don’t panic. Take a deep breath and relax. You picked this career for a reason — you’ll get the hang of it soon.
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