I never saw myself loving my job as much as I do. I’m forever filling in my family and friends on the funny and interesting stuff from work, and it was during one of the many work-related conversations that made me realise that yes, I do love my job, because I can’t seem to stop talking about it, even after almost two years!
I believe it has a lot to do with my colleagues though. I work with such a fantastic bunch of individuals who make each day bearable, despite the super intense and stressful days that we often face. I mean, there are also people who make you want to run away and hide too, but which work place doesn’t? 😛
I’ve mentioned it here and there but to summarise, I work in theatres at a hospital in the outskirts of London. I am based in an emergency theatre, which means that I see a variety of procedures from all sorts of specialties being carried out on a daily basis. I do also work in some elective lists, but emergency is my home. When I was assigned to being a permanent member of the emergency team, all I could think of was how much I’ll be able to see, learn and most of all, take away with me if I were to get into med school!
Writing this post a week before handing in my resignation makes me smile at how far I have come. But I feel a sense of sadness too, knowing that it is time for me to move on with the next chapter of my life. I applied for this job in the hope that it would provide me with the necessary experience to make an informed decision as to whether medicine was definitely the career I wanted to pursue.
… It most definitely did!
I have learnt so much, and I know it will be of so much use one day. My understanding of surgical equipment, instruments and how to scrub properly will be so valuable for when I start surgery placement in a few years, and my experiences of working within a multi-disciplinary team will stay with me forever. The importance of team work and bringing in various skill sets to achieve the common goal of maintaining patient safety will always be of utmost importance.
The times when things haven’t necessarily gone to plan have also been eye-opening. The way individuals work together to make a plan for when the bed manager comes in to tell us there’s only one ITU bed for three patients who require critical care post-op, or when there are two equally urgent emergency cases with only one theatre available. Every experience has come with such important lessons.
If someone told me back in 2015 that I was going to take two years out after my first degree before getting into med school, I would’ve been so stressed out. I would’ve questioned whether I have the patience and energy to keep trying.
But today, if you asked me whether I regret the time it has taken me to get into med school? I would say no, most definitely not. Hindsight is a beautiful thing, and I am honestly so grateful that it has taken me this long. Working in the NHS before medicine has probably been the best thing I have done for myself. I know the experiences alone have changed me as a person and I have matured a lot more, as well as developing a realistic understanding of what a career in medicine will entail.
I knew this job was never going to be permanent, but I never knew I would end up learning so much and most importantly, as I said at the start of this post, I did not see myself enjoying a job quite as much as I do!
To the nurses, doctors and other professionals I have met on my journey, I thank you for all that you have helped me realise, and for everything you have taught me 🙂 .