I currently work as a tech in the emergency department. My role in the ED entails lots of stocking, transporting, assisting, and transferring, with unpredictable acuity, census, and whatever else the emergency department brings. I’m happy to share some things I’ve learned over time that have helped me in my role along the way!
one: ALWAYS BRING SNACKS.
I am usually hungry so I can’t stress this enough. Keep a protein bar in a scrub pocket and eat it when you can step away for 5 minutes! I always keep a snack, a few sticks of gum, and chapstick in my scrub pockets. Drink lots of water, too! (this proves to fight fatigue)
two: THINK COMFORT
Wear something you won’t want to take off as soon as you get home. Good scrubs help – my favorite are Figs (of course). Wear a jacket that you can take off if you get too warm. Wear a long sleeve if you’re always cold. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE COMFORTABLE SHOES.
Find my favorite scrubs here!
When you’re stressed out, it’s easy to take out your frustration on other people; especially those that are requesting your full attention. Instead, smile. Science proves that if you physically force yourself to be happy, you will start to feel happy emotionally. Cheeeeeeese 🙂
four: PRACTICE GRATITUDE.
Thank your coworkers for what they’ve done to help you. Thank your patients for being… patient, and thank their families for their time. Ask what you can do to help anyone around you. It makes your time go faster, and their time more positive while they’re there. Remember, you are working to make some of their worst days better. Be grateful for that opportunity in itself.
five: REMIND YOURSELF WHY.
Chances are, if you have a job like mine or in the healthcare field in any aspect, you have a love for mankind and you have a passion for helping people on some of their worst days. It’s humbling in itself to know that alone. Remind yourself of this. Your job is to better yourself through the service of others, learn as much as your can, and learn to love the process. If that’s not what you’re in it for, you might be better off finding something else that better suits you!
Remember, positivity is key in any scenario! Good luck in every endeavor your future shifts bring to you!