I started the new job yesterday and am pleased to say it was a great experience, and I left with a smile on my face. I’m at one of the Netcare Stork’s Nest clinics.
It started off with some detective work. I had never used the staff entrance or parking before – all I knew was they were somewhere at the back of the building. So, on my arrival, I had to engage stealth mode and find people to follow in. I eventually found my way into the building but then had no clue how to get to the clinic. So I walked around (and got a little lost) but eventually found my way.
I was given my own set of keys at reception (fancy), and went to open up. Everyone who works in the clinic is currently on leave (except for me of course), so I was sort of thrown in the deep end. I discovered the light switches, and explored through cupboards to see where everything was and then started with the routine. I joined the handover in our Labour Ward to find out which patients were there and what their stories were. On entering the ward, the staff all greeted me with a hug to welcome me. How sweet is that?!
After that, I compiled a list of all the babies that needed their first vaccinations (Oral Polio Virus or OPV and Bacillus Calmette–Guérin or BCG). I did all the paperwork and then got ready to start the vaccinations.
Now, with vaccinating babies, there is a ton of health education and information to give to the moms and dads so that they know what you’re doing with their newborns, and know what to expect. With my luck, thanks to flu and an over-zealous New Years Eve celebration, I have lost my voice. So, for over an hour, I squeaked and squawked trying to explain everything. Needless to say, a couple people had a good giggle and just called me a party animal, because clearly I must have lost my voice from celebrating.
After that, the girl who I am replacing at the clinic (she’s moving down to Durban) took me for lunch for us to get to know each other better. It was so refreshing to have someone interested in me, and friendly, and talkative. All along, I had thought there was a problem with ME! Not so.
After lunch, I went to help out in the labour ward some more until 3PM came which meant HOME TIME! Perfect hours.
There is A LOT to learn in this job, which I love. The people are awesome, the work is interesting. Needless to say, I’m very happy.