Starting my first day at my first big girl job made me nervous, excited, and a little anxious. Sure I had first days of school, first day at Michaels, Cold Stone, and jobs at work, but there was something different about this. I worked really hard to get my medic, and I hadn’t worked in a year. Did I remember everything I learned? Do I still have the basic medical knowledge needed to complete my job? Were my coworkers going to like me? What was it going to be like getting to work by 5am? There were so many emotions and questions that were going through my head.
As I got up at 4am to go to my first day of third riding, riding with an already staffed crew to learn the ropes, I just had to tell myself to be confident. Pack your stethoscope, some pens, and a notebook, most importantly a lunch, and get ready to learn what people are willing to teach you. Being on the NET/Interfacility side it gives me time to truly figure out the medicine aspect, and not just the trauma aspect of EMS.
When I got to work it was different because I knew no one, did not know who I was going to be riding with it, where to go, what to do, I just had to smile and wait to figure it out. As soon as I figured out who I was working with the day got a little less stressful. It turns out I like my coworkers a lot, and it did not matter what questions I had even if I thought they were really dumb, they were willing to answer, and I wanted to ask because as soon as I got my own truck I didn’t want to get caught with my pants at my ankles.
When it comes to first days the best thing to do is to take a deep breath, and remember that others have had first days as well, and they know that you are nervous. No one is going to make fun of you, but you will look silly if you do something wrong, and you didn’t ask about it. Ask questions about everything! Until next time,
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