10 Things You Found Difficult When You Started Your NHS Career

Starting any new job is difficult, but when you start your career in the NHS, it’s like no other.

You’re entering into a fast-paced, challenging world, full of ups and downs, long shifts, late nights, frustrations and tiredness – all with an overarching sense of superior pride and unbelievable achievement.

There is no other career like it and you learn things about yourself that you never imagined possible.

But when you’re first starting out, it can be quite difficult adjusting to NHS life.

We asked our Facebook friends what they found difficult when they first started their career in the NHS and we had some interesting responses:

  1. “Dealing with deaths especially children, it was so heart breaking”
  2. “Not understanding the terminology.”
  3. “The whole transition realising the amount of pressure and responsibilities.”Nurse stressed
  4. “The pressure off some senior staff.”
  5. “When I started nursing in 1952 it was the strict code of conduct and discipline. You could not go to the toilet without permission!”
  6. “I had a few bully girls in one of the health visiting teams I used to work in, was awful. Would complain, then stopped for a month or two, then start again, it was a power thing. Glad to say lessons learned by myself and would not stand for it now, was 19 at time and very innocent but 35 and still working for NHS and love my job and the people I work with.”
  7. “None of the above, I chose and always wanted to be a nurse, so I took the good and the bad, learnt from them both, and strove to be my very best, I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, worked hard and played even harder, and have 40 years of memories and experience to draw on, seen the NHS go through many changes, some good, others not so, but I chose this career, and don’t regret it one iota.”Nurse caring
  8. “Dealing with staff/ward managers who can’t have empathy or understanding for you in situations when you need it, yet we’re in a career which is based on empathy and understanding…too many people too big for their own boots, but I love my job. I love helping and supporting people.”
  9. “The people – placements could be awful with several people actually bragging about how horrible they were to students and how they tried to make them cry. Disgusting behaviour, especially when the (at the time) practice educator sides with them. Luckily I’ve now been qualified for just over a year and enjoy making my students time fun and a pleasure, even if the work is hard.”
  10. “I was lucky. None of the above when I first started. I loved every minute”.

Did you find anything difficult when you started your career in the NHS? Let us know in the comments below.

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