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Waking up half an hour early and spending at least 10 GBP currency - To get scrubs from a scrubs dispenser cos the NHS is so fancy(!)
Running into ward round with no time for a coffee - Who am I kidding, we have no mugs or milk for patients, let alone me
I am called to assessment where a man is bleeding out of his nose. In fact, so bad is the nose bleed that he is actually bleeding out of his eyes too. Reminded of a scene from a Netflix horror movie I take him to resus – firstly as this is a massive bleed and he will need intervention and secondly so that the other patients around him don’t have nightmares.
Everyone has piled into my room. My notes are spread everywhere, I ask the husband to get changed whilst trying to reassure them both that this influx of people and quick fire questions is normal. The scrub nurse brings me back to reality with asking what latest Hb is... I literally have no idea. Cue eye rolls and tuts.
Start time most days is 8am, but every week we have a meeting between the entire Cardiology and Cardiothoracic surgery teams and subspecialties which starts at 0730, though I’m running slightly late for that, not that I have much part to play as an SHO, other than to listen and hopefully get an idea of what our inpatients may or may not have happen in the near future.
By Zahra Essackjee
“Straightforward patients on the list. Are you happy to just get on with it? I’ll stand in the corner of the anaesthetic room.” I’m about three months into my training. I know my basic doses for simple induction and emergency drugs, but there is a whole world of things that I don’t even know that I don’t know.
By Zana Martin
One of the biggest challenges I’m sure every FY1 faces is learning to trust your clinical judgement and having the courage to implement a plan for a patient. Things like prescribing laxatives will induce panic, as will the thought of being around a patient with a EWS of anything more than one.