Thoughts and opinion from the wards
Setting down roots
With a week to go before I start my new job I start to wonder if it will ever be possible to set down roots. I've now worked in 5 NHS trusts in the 4 years since I graduated and have worked as part of 12 different NHS teams / firms. Moving hospitals often also means moving house to spare the excessive commute And therefore life never really feels permanent.
Usually leaving a firm is only met by a simple goodbye from the nurses and a few mutterings that they will have to "break in" a new batch of doctors just as they'd got you "properly trained". It is also customary for junior doctors to take in thank upon cards and tins of chocolates as thank-you for the ward staff on leaving.
Conversely when nurses leave a job, even those who have only been on the ward a few months, there will be a collection and we are all asked to contribute. Never having met the person who is leaving as they only worked 1 day a week doesn't seem to be sufficient excuse to say no to adding your money to the envelope.
Last time I changed jobs was an odd experience as I'd been in a community setting the consultants and secretaries organised a lunch time get together and even leaving cards. I felt like I had been appreciated as part of the team and that they were genuinely sad to see us go, rather than just annoyed at having to start from scratch with some new doctors.
Over the years I have become resigned to the fact that I will be moving on regularly to new pastures and that I will only be missed by nursing colleagues if my successors are not as efficient as I was before I left.
Perhaps the ability to adapt to a new ward within a few days and to move house with only weeks notice should be considered a positive quality but I long for a sense of permanence, the chance to set down roots and the day when I will be missed as a person, not just as an efficient SHO, when I change jobs
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