Interesting tips from Dr Harlina Siraj for our freshly graduate juniors:
Tip no. 1 – Set your intentions right. It’s neither about the money, the highly respected position and the power. It is about PUBLIC SERVITUDE, serving those who are in need of healthcare. Only after you have served well, then only you could deserve the rewards, privileges and rights allocated for medical practitioners! Welcome on board!
Tip no. 2 – Have the right attitudes. Being the most junior officer in the team, you really have a lot to catch up and learn. Never pretend that you know all. Never hesitate to admit that you do not know, to ask questions and assistance. Respect those who are more experienced than you. People with the right attitudes are welcome wherever they go, always…all the time!
Tip no. 3 – Put on your best smile and outstanding manners. Greet everyone with a cheerful salam. No matter how busy you are, don’t forget to move your temporo-mandibular joints and carve out a big smile. It will stimulate a fountain of endorphins in your neuron synapses, and aha…the feel-good feeling will set in. Don’t believe this? Just try….just do it.
Tip no. 4 – Work extra hard to convince people that you are reliable, responsible, accountable and able to complete tasks and meet expectations – within the first two weeks! Once people know you’re committed, you’ll gain their trust, respect & cooperation. Just mark my words!
Tip no.5 – Refresh your inner self with daily, constant and effective spiritual input. For Muslim, don’t ever neglect your 5 times daily prayers, no matter how busy you are. You really need that 5 -10 minutes regular breaks. It acts as a cooling oasis for you to rejuvenate.
Tip no.6 : Mend your bruised heart and dented self-esteem, quickly and effectively – each time you received unpleasant reminders of your incompetency & shortcoming from your seniors. It’s a part and parcel of the job. Admit your mistakes, but PLEASE, try hard not to repeat them. To make an error is human, but to keep doing the same error is a major blunder!
Tip no.7 : Keep in touch with your loved ones – parents, spouses, close friends, teachers etc. Don’t shut out your life, which mainly linger around your wards, call roster and private room now. There is more to life out there than just work or crashing into bed to recover from sleep deprivation.
By Dr Harlina Halizah Siraj ( alumni HO ; General Hospital KL – August 1991 to July 1992)