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:
- If you’re not doing it for the patients, do something else.
- Never judge a situation until you’re in possession of all the facts.
- Recognise your limitations and always ask for help if unsure of anything, even years after you qualify.
- Remember, an elderly patient was once young too.
- Make friends with your porters, they are absolute life-savers.
- You’re all a team and you need each and every one of the staff beside you.
- Make stepping out of your comfort zone a habit, you’ll be amazed where you can go.
- Aim for the highest paper qualification you can because the goalposts in the profession are always moving.
- Look at student forums for advice, use Palgrave books, revise, take notes, and collect leaflets on placements.
- Make the most of discounts that you’re eligible for to help save you some money.
- 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.
- Be open to ever-changing environments and diverse personalities.
- Listen to experienced staff, but you don’t have to follow them.
- Don’t go on Facebook when you’re trying to write an essay.
- Find the eldest co-worker and learn off that person, you will get to know more than any textbook can teach you.
- There are no such things as difficult patients but patients in difficult circumstances.
- Don’t forget that the curtains in hospitals are not sound proof!
- Work hard and always be willing to learn new things.
- You must be able to hold your own and have good people skills.
- Stop, listen, think, proceed.