Challenging setting, but extremely rewarding.
Pros: great learning environment, decent wages, and good holiday entitlement
Cons: long hours on your feet, and not every patient had a happy outcome from their stay. long hours, but work/life balance was a continually improving area of work
No two days at work were very the same. Each day could and very often did bring it's own set of challenges and problems to solve.
My employment in the NHS taught me always to expect the unexpected, to keep calm under what could sometimes be extremely challenging or upsetting circumstances.
I learned valuable customer service techniques, how to handle – more... difficult clients, and how to diffuse tricky situations. I also learned to think outside of the box in my approach to solving problems. The obvious choice isn't always the only choice!
My life's motto is to always treat people with the same kindness and respect you would expect to receive.
I learned basic life saving skills which are always very useful.
Management were always very supportive, and personal development in the workplace was actively encouraged.
The hardest part of my job would have to be dealing with sadness or grief, and the long hours, a lot of that time spent on your feet.
Working with highly skilled people, who value the efforts from everyone in the team. Facing each day never knowing what to expect, and being to rise to each challenge with the support of a great team. Knowing that the work that each person puts in, is what makes a difference to a persons stay in a hospital environment is it's own reward. – less