Congratulations on starting your new role! We know starting a new role is not only an extremely exciting time, but it naturally can be quite daunting. We want to give you our top tips for making sure your first day as a healthcare worker runs as smooth as possible, and remember we are always here to offer you any guidance or support you need along the way.
1. Invest in Comfortable Footwear
As a healthcare worker, you are likely to spend a lot of your shift on your feet, which means comfort will be essential. So, before starting, spend some time looking for comfortable reliable shoes and make sure you wear them in for a few days prior.
Being on your feet for long periods at a time can lead to discomforts such as lower back pain, painful feet, swelling in your legs and much more and ill-fitting shoes will only worsen these pains. With correctly fitted footwear, you can reduce the likelihood of these issues occurring.
Firstly you need to find shoes that offer support, shoes that are flimsy and flat will not properly support your feet and ankles and therefore will lead to potential injuries.
Breathable, lightweight materials are a must for preventing your feet from overheating and reducing the likelihood of infections.
Protection is key. On hot days it can be tempting when you know you have a busy shift ahead of you to wear open toe shoes to keep your feet cool, but these will not protect against potential falling objects.
Easy-to-clean – you need shoes that can easily be cleaned for if any spillages occur whilst working and to prevent cross-contamination when leaving your shift.
2. Prepare the Night Before
There is nothing worse than rushing around in the morning 30 minutes before you need to leave for your first shift, whether you have an early morning or late night shift, prepare yourself the day before. Make sure you have any documents/paperwork you need to take in and that you have the correct uniform and it is washed and ready to wear.
You may also want to consider any break time snacks, or lunch, if you are doing a long shift you don’t want to go without food. If you are unsure on whether you have everything you need for your first day, contact your recruitment consultant and they will be more than happy to support you.
3. Plan Ahead for Travel
Make sure you know exactly how you are getting to the location, if you are driving, which route will you take, how long will it take you, where will you be parking etc. Alternatively, if you are using public transport, are you aware of what time you need to be leaving to catch the bus/train, are there any changes you need to make? Consider leaving slightly earlier to factor in for any mishaps or travel issues, it’s better to arrive slightly early than late.
4. Don’t be Afraid to Ask Questions
Remember that everyone has been in your position at some point, so if you are unsure of where something is, or how something should be done, always ask. We have a great relationship with our clients and that is down to them being great communicators and compassionate, so they will always be happy to help.
5. Enjoy it!
Last but not least, enjoy. You are doing an extremely important and rewarding job, enjoy every moment.