Low Man on the Totem Pole
I'm a new hire, and a new grad on top of it. I try not to cross any lines at work. There are situations and policies I disagree with (strongly), but I bite my tongue and convince myself there will be a better time to voice my opinion. The people I work with have been there longer than I have, and been practicing longer than I have, so they probably know more about these things than I do, anyway.
However, there are some instances when it really, really sucks being a new hire.
1. There is no reason why my vacation requests are less important that yours. I suppose that it must come down to something, so seniority is the judge.
2. I don't enjoy being spoken to as if I was incompetent of higher-level thinking. An RN belittled me in front of a patient and family members when I asked how to clamp an NG tube. I'm not an idiot, I just haven't done this before.
3. Learning the "unwritten rules" of the therapy department- what topics are/are not appropriate for lunch, which people get along and who doesn't...what does all the non-verbal language from my supervisor really mean?
4. Hierarchy. Isn't health care about teamwork?
5. There are some subjects I know a lot about because it's fresh in my mind- (ultrasound parameters, contraindications to e-stim) that some of my coworkers don't remember. It's not a bad thing, in acute care the focus isn't on using ultrasound for pain relief, but it does come up. In these situations I have to remind myself that I, too, will forget all these details with time, and it doesn't mean my coworkers are less skilled than I. In fact, many of my coworkers are much more experienced than I and are able to teach me a lot about working in this acute care setting.
6. Time. My productivity is often lower than my coworkers because it takes me more time to find supplies and equipment, or RNs or charts. I am still learning the physical location of these things, and some of my time is wasted trying to gather everything I need before a treatment session.
Next week I will be writing about all of the reasons it is GREAT to be a new hire! Stay tuned.