20 Top Tips to Make You a Better Healthcare Student

Healthcare students, you’ve chosen a career path that will help so many people, save lives and make a real difference every single day – good for you!

A career in healthcare isn’t for the faint-hearted and it can certainly be overwhelming at times.

But don’t worry. Take a deep breath. You’ve got this!

We asked our faithful army of experienced healthcare staff on Facebook for some pearls of wisdom to help you get off to a flying start in your new career.

This is the top 20 inside tips that will help to make you a better healthcare student:

  1. If you’re not doing it for the patients, do something else.
  2. Never judge a situation until you’re in possession of all the facts.
  3. Recognise your limitations and always ask for help if unsure of anything, even years after you qualify.
  4. Remember, an elderly patient was once young too.
  5. Make friends with your porters, they are absolute life-savers.
  6. You’re all a team and you need each and every one of the staff beside you.
  7. Make stepping out of your comfort zone a habit, you’ll be amazed where you can go.
  8. Aim for the highest paper qualification you can because the goalposts in the profession are always moving.
  9. Look at student forums for advice, use Palgrave books, revise, take notes, and collect leaflets on placements.
  10. Make the most of discounts that you’re eligible for to help save you some money.
  11. Remember every event no matter how small is a learning opportunity. It doesn’t matter if you’ve done it before, you can still learn from it.
  12. Be open to ever-changing environments and diverse personalities.
  13. Listen to experienced staff, but you don’t have to follow them.
  14. Don’t go on Facebook when you’re trying to write an essay.
  15. Find the eldest co-worker and learn off that person, you will get to know more than any textbook can teach you.
  16. There are no such things as difficult patients but patients in difficult circumstances.
  17. Don’t forget that the curtains in hospitals are not sound proof!
  18. Work hard and always be willing to learn new things.
  19. You must be able to hold your own and have good people skills.
  20. Stop, listen, think, proceed.
Are you enjoying your studies so far? Are you about to go onto your first placement? We would love to hear about your experiences, get in touch:


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