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A Guide To Surviving Your First Shift At A New Placement

Congratulations on your new placement in healthcare! Whether you’re a nurse, doctor, or allied health professional, the first shift at a new facility can be both exciting and daunting. However, Greenstaff Medical is here to help with a straightforward guide to ensure your first day is your best day, and every day thereafter. 

Plan Your Route 

Before heading to your first shift, ensure you know the exact route and how long it will take to get there. Factor in potential delays and aim to arrive with time to spare. This preparation can save you from unnecessary stress and ensure a punctual start. 

Prepare Your Greenstaff Timesheet 

Make sure to bring your Greenstaff timesheet with you. During your shift, seek feedback on your performance and get your timesheet authorised before you leave. This ensures your hours are accurately recorded and feedback is fresh and relevant. 

Pack Like a Pro 

Think of your shift as an adventure, and every adventurer needs a well-stocked pack. Include essentials such as a stethoscope, numerous pens, a small notebook, a water bottle, and snacks. A well-timed granola bar can be invaluable when you’re running on low energy. 

Dress the Part 

It is essential to adhere to the dress code. You are required to wear your Greenstaff Medical tunics, lanyard, and badge, which will be provided by the Compliance team. Comfortable shoes are a must, as you will be on your feet frequently. Remember, pockets are invaluable for carrying your necessary tools. 

Arrive Early 

Arriving early allows you to familiarize yourself with the facility’s layout. Locate important areas such as the break room, restrooms, and supply closets. This extra time can significantly enhance your sense of preparedness and confidence. 

Be a Sponge 

Your first shift is the ideal time to absorb as much information as possible. Ask questions and take notes. Introduce yourself to your colleagues, who will be your allies. There are no silly questions—only silly mistakes from not asking. 

Communication is Key 

Clear communication is vital in healthcare. Double-check patient details, clarify orders, and don’t hesitate to repeat instructions to ensure accuracy. Establishing good communication habits from the beginning will create a strong foundation for your entire placement. 

Embrace Teamwork 

Healthcare is a collaborative effort. Offer assistance to your colleagues and be prepared to work together. A positive attitude fosters trust and camaraderie, and teamwork often leads to learning new skills and techniques that can be highly beneficial. 

Stay Calm and Confident 

It is normal to feel a bit overwhelmed on your first day but remain calm and confident. Trust in your training and remember why you chose this profession. Take deep breaths, stay organized, and approach each task with confidence. 

Reflect and Recharge 

At the end of your shift, take a moment to reflect on what went well and what could be improved. Celebrate your successes, no matter how small, and avoid being too hard on yourself. Self-care is crucial, so unwind with activities you enjoy, such as reading a good book, taking a hot bath, or chatting with a friend. 

Final Thoughts 

Your first shift at a new placement is a significant milestone. By being prepared, communicating effectively, and embracing teamwork, you will not only survive but thrive. 

Welcome to your new adventure in healthcare!