Top Tips to prepare for a shift
Whether you’re a newly qualified or highly experienced Locum here are a few pointers before you start a shift:
- Clarification of duties.
It is important to take it upon yourself to clarify your duties at a workplace. This can be discussed either by a meeting, over the phone or even via email just to confirm what is expected of you.
- Pay rate confirmation.
All you have to do is make sure you receive the pay rate confirmation email and that your timesheet has been signed by the attending consultant.
- Up-to-date paperwork.
It is essential to make sure that all your professional papers are up-to-date and have not and will not expire during the assignment.
- Preparation is key.
Have a good night’s sleep to prepare for the early starts, you want to be fresh faced and full of energy for your first shift. A nutritious breakfast, light exercise and plenty of water will help to hydrate and prepare you for the day to come.
- Be Proactive.
It’s always good to be proactive. Don’t leave it until last minute to search for your route to work, check the route and the estimated arrival time the night before, allowing you plenty of time to get there.
Waking up a little earlier to make sure you arrive on time, is also a great thing, this will create a great first impression showing you are prepared and ready to start work.
- Confidence is important.
Don’t be afraid to be confident, ask questions and speak to your recruitment consultant about the place that you’ll be going to.
Ask employees of the best places to eat and drink as well as how they find working there to get an insight of what it will be like for you.
- Introduce yourself
Make sure people know who you are and what your job is whether you are working for days, weeks or months. You will need to work with your colleagues so building a good relationship with them is a great way to start.
- Last but not least…Be flexible and irreplaceable.
Make yourself the hospital’s preferred locum. Being flexible by volunteering to cover or do extra shifts will show that you are reliable. Hospitals will want you to work with them because you put in the time and effort to support their needs.