05 August 2015

Working Girl

Two days ago Kay started her first ever real job (not counting Saturday jobs as a teenager or the hospital placements as a medical student). This is her first ever paid "proper" job and her first as a doctor. After two days handover with the outgoing junior doctor, she is on her own from today.  Apparently her Consultant and Registrar are both on two weeks' annual leave, which means she is effectively on her own with any of the problems that could arise (God help her). She's already signed her first prescription. She's doing 12 days on the run before she gets her next break (she's on-call over the coming weekend). Welcome to the World of the Workplace!

(Added 24 hours later. On her first day, with no senior staff or peers, she single-handedly looked after 28 patients. She did a 13-hour shift with a 7-minute lunch break. That's what I call a baptism of fire and very bad rota planning.)

8 comments:

Ellen said...

Good luck to Kay in her new role. You must feel so proud of her! I remember August at Bart's Hospital, where I worked as a medical secretary (many moons ago), when the new SHO's would nervously begin their new careers. I do feel for her, starting with the two most senior members of her team on holiday. I hope she has helpful registrar to take her under their wing.

Graham Hunt said...

I'm sure she'll be great. Actually the best ever induction I had at a company was a small software developer that was writing dealing room systems in the middle of the 80s city big bang. I arrived Monday morning, was shown my desk, coffee machine etc. Given a demo of the system I was to be involved with. Given some manuals to read in the afternoon. 9am Tuesday morning they pointed to a phone on a desk told me to sit there and answer the phone, fill in a ticket and try to then resolve the problem. 10 mins later a large investment bank called shouting and swearing that their system wasn't working. I quickly got to know everyone in the company and who knew what and where to find stuff out and where the issues were. By Friday I was a bloody expert!

Flowerpot said...

Blimey - best of luck to her and I bet you are incredibly proud! X

Kit Torrance said...

Ugh! Now that sounds horribly familiar!

I am keeping everything crossed that she does not get disheartened by it and that things improve pretty bloody quickly.

nappy valley girl said...

That sounds very similar to my husband's first days of work back in 1997! I remember him saying that August was a really bad time to be ill, because of the changeover and everyone being on holiday. As for rota planning - forget it!

K Ville said...

Doctors always look so tired. It is wrong to expect so many hours of them when their brains need to be in 'good working order'. They may be well(ish) paid but is truly a vocation, not one to be in it for the money.

hyperCRYPTICal said...

A baptism of fire indeed and definitely abysmal rota planning. That said, I am certain Kay will do fine. (I am certain she has inherited your spirit and determination.)

You must be so so proud! Best wishes to dear Kay!

Anna :o]

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

How proud you must feel Addy and yet I expect you still worry about her! All good wishes to Kay in her chosen profession. A x