There are many reasons why working in a hospital can be a satisfying career. Whether you are a doctor or a nurse; every hospital worker must have 3 important qualities: a kind and caring attitude, the ability to respond to emergencies promptly and efficiently as well as a professional bedside attitude. In this guide, we will discuss how a newbie in this profession (who has just embarked upon a hospital career) can work well in this rewarding profession.
1. Always dress neatly
There are chances that you might have to work long and odd hours at least in the beginning of your career. It is very important that you dress well and wear clean uniform always, no matter what. This can increase your patients’ trust in you while making you popular with your peers and teachers. Sharp dressing, proper well trimmed hair and good hygiene are the key to succeeding in this field.
2. Protect yourself from hazards
Hospital duty often involves hazards in the form of strenuous lifting and other heavy duty work. It is important that you know how to use equipment safely for yourself as well as those around you. Wherever you are required to handle very heavy machines or lifting senior/injured patients, it is best to take help from other teammates.
3. Keep learning and enriching yourself
This tip is useful for students in any field and not just the medical field. When you continue to enrich yourself and learn about advancements and new technologies you are not only encouraging promotions, but also increasing your scope and confidence while dealing with difficult cases. Additional courses can also help you improve your know how to further your career. When you show a thirst for learning, you will become popular with your superiors and also become a valuable employee in the facility.
4. Learn to work well in a team
Medical careers in hospital settings always need one to work in a team. When you are able to handle working with people of different temperaments and ego issues, you will be considered a thorough professional. The entire team makes a difference in the life of the patient and s/he is counting on all of you to get better. Whenever possible, try and fill in for other co-workers when they have a personal issue or take up shifts that are inconvenient for others. This will make you a popular person with your teammates and also help you advance in this field.
5. Hone your interpersonal communication skills
A hospital job involves communicating with patients as well as colleagues. Always try to maintain a smile on your face but also be upfront about things you are not clear or are unhappy about. Speak clearly to avoid misunderstandings. Repeat things where needed. Take notes in clear handwriting to avoid errors and discrepancies.
6. Place yourself in your patient’s shoes
As a patient, one is naturally very overwhelmed by the hospital setting, the strong smell of the disinfectant and the syringes and needles. The fact that one is entirely at the mercy of the nurses and doctors is also not a good feeling. So, try to put up an excellent bedside manner in order to make the patient feel comfortable. Speak clearly (with a smile) to make the patient feel comfortable. Hold his or her hand and make him feel cared for. These little things help go a long way in making things better in otherwise depressing circumstances. This is one of the most important tips for anyone looking for ways on how to work in a hospital.