Tomorrow is July 1.
And, while most people are figuring out their holiday weekend plans, a subset of the population is figuring out how not to poop their pants tomorrow.
Or, at least that was me on July 1, 2013.
I picked up pagers at 7:30 am and remember thinking they might have to call a medical response team on me if they went off before my seniors got there because I had not the slightest clue as to what to tell anyone if anyone asked me a question. I felt like a huge fake; I didn’t even know how much motrin we usually gave patients! And, that’s an over the counter medicine. How were people calling me doctor when I didn’t even know how much of a non-prescribed medication you give?! I felt a lot lot Bambi wandering around in the forest…
Spoiler alert – the pagers do go off, you do figure out how to answer them, and you learn how much motrin to give someone.
So, dear interns, I survived….and you will, too!
Just don’t drink too much coffee on day one – your heart rate will already be high enough and you’ll be shaking even without it.
A couple of things to read about internship, July 1, and “the July effect:”
http://danielleofri.com/july-first-part-one/ [definitely listen to this one!]
My top tips for surviving July 1 as an intern:
- Be organized
- Ask questions. No one will fault you for not knowing. In fact, they expect you to know nothing.
- Be nice to nurses, scrub techs, PCTs, etc.