From doctor to assistant

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Good morning dears, from this site HEHE Dr. Ola. From the results of the survey on suffering insta it is clear that you are most interested in specific people, that is, the topic of how I managed to find my current work and how it looks.

When I left Polish I wasn't a complete go-to, because I had been working remotely in a completely different industry for a few months now. I worked as a social specialist for one of the largest universities in Poland and not only that this job was perfect for that moment due to covid and responsibilities at home, but it also gave me the opportunity to demonstrate in something that I felt for years quite volatile and agile.It was a great job, you know, in a young and dynamic team, just well, damn, because of its remoteness, there were no chances for these famous fruity Thursdays. So I worked myself remotely, on the occasion of moving out taking time off only for a flight and a few days acclimatization in a new place. I planned to continue working remotely during nostrification until it was completed.

But I was quickly struck by how bad I felt when I converted every dollar into dollars. It was not new to me, but it was no longer a holiday trip during my studies, but something that was to become more or less permanent. I also knew that if I didn't go back to veterinary medicine quickly, or even get even more divorced and weeded out in another industry, Maybe I would never even become such a real doctor. So the decision was made to terminate the company, close down the business and start a search on the American labour market.

I was ready for weeks, if not months, of searching. Quite quickly I got a pretty promising message on linkedin, on which I was present because of my previous work. The doctor told me to come from the clinic to look around, but somehow the correspondence broke off to us around the New Year. In addition to LinkedIn, I was also looking on indeed, where I found some interesting announcements that I shared with you, such as those with pay in cents per hour or one where one of the requirements is the ability to kneel for a long time. Spoiler alert: this is what I got and after a month I skumałam, what cho with this long kneeling …

I knew in advance that I had no chance of any internship or employment as a doctor, so I applied for the positions of technician and assistant. I knew that to work as a technician you had to have a license, but I didn't think it was very strictly respected in New York. I also had to have a cover letter on standby, in which I explained what it was about, that I was a drug user, but I was looking for a job in another position that I needed to get a nostrification and a license, and that I wanted to get to that by learning from scratch how American clinics work. Antek checked it out to me 3 times and along with my CV, the apps went into the world.

What still amazes me, whatever answer I got from only one employer – so it's not hard to guess that this is where I got my job. An additional interesting fact is that there I just applied for LVT, so after sending the application I got an automatic e-mail invitation to solve the test. There were turbo obvious questions, but also such that I edched on the bank on the muzzle, although I never met the result. There was, for example, a question about rescue spray, which I had no idea what it was. I googled it in the second card, something jumped out about the calming spray for dogs, and it turned out that it is a veterinary cleaning agent, which I now use non-stop … There were also questions about some surgical instruments for sterilization, something about parvo, well generally nothing that would be taken from space.

Maybe two days after sending this app, I received an invitation to a video call. During this conversation, a very sympathetic doctor, who owns the clinic, told me directly that he could only offer me the position of assistant at the starting rate, but he also asked about my plans for nostrification. It turned out that he himself graduated from outside the U.S. and had to do partial nostrification. We agreed that the next day I would come to the clinic for half a day so that I could see how it worked and whether I would still be interested in working.

I have been working in this clinic for almost 3 months now and in truth, I could not have hit better. I learn a lot every day, and my unusual situation is met with a lot of forbearance. I ask a lot of questions, and although I know it can be tiring, it makes me work more efficiently every day and know more. The clinic is really big, more than 50 people work here today. I have to commute to work every day on the highway, but thanks to this I got a little overdue with this car ride.My job is that I usually help doctors to receive patients. By corona we do not let the owners inside, and instead pick up patients in the parking lot, where we also do a quick interview, collect preliminary approvals for, for example, blood tests and vaccinations, and leave the iPad to communicate with the doctor. After bringing the pet, I weigh it and if the doctor is ready for the examination, I summarize to him the entire history of the disease. An important element is also that I am responsible for wiing animals for research, blood collection and smaller treatments. In addition, from nursing activities I clean and prepare cages in the hospital, measure the temperature, sometimes I manage to do TPR, that is, in addition to temperature, also measure heart rate and breathing. I also passionately cut my claws.Of the more serious things That I do, say, "extracurricular", for example, I make staining from the ears, which I then stain and evaluate under a microscope (the assessment is to determine whether I see chopsticks, streptococci or maybe yeast, and at the end – I greet microbial spruces <3), ale zawsze na koniec musi mnie sprawdzić technik. Once it happened that I administered fluids subcutaneously, once I also caught puppies straight from the caesarean. All these are things that assistants are unlikely to do, but the risk of them being pushed is at the same time so low that senior people can prove themselves to me, of course, still under their supervision.

It also happens that I work in slightly different positions. This can be, for example, in a hospital where I am assisted by technicians, because interestingly, there are visits to technicians for things that do not require a doctor's assessment and presence, such as claw clipping, some vaccinations, dressing changes or a blood check-up.Sometimes I go to surgery, where I am then responsible for cleaning equipment and preparing instruments for subsequent operations. I also prepare anaesthesia machines, dental equipment and an operating room.

I work full-time, but it's played on 4 days of work and 3 days off a week. With my nostrification plans, this is the perfect layout, because I am able to elegantly plan my studies and responsibilities at home. It can also sometimes be very tiring, such as working 11 hours on surgery, where there is not even when and how to sit down. I always rush home after such a call to go out with a dog, which unfortunately stays alone at home.Well, I would forget! I clean a lot. Not only do I sweep and mop floors, clean cages, poop, sijki and spilled blood, but I also wash the walls and disinfect the door handles. I will admit that although I absolutely know that this was supposed to be the turn of things and everything goes better than planned, however, these moments with a mop in my hand motivate me to press this nostrification as soon as possible. 😉 That's how working with doctors in the clinic works for me too – we have a really great team and I hope that someday I will have at least similar knowledge and skills.

Of the more interesting things from the life of the clinic, my top 1 is that quite often we get lances from grateful owners of our patients or from representatives of companies. Sometimes it can be too much. :D

And so I work myself, I earn so decently that I can put something away, and thanks to work like this from the ground up of the food chain, as the smallest veterinary hurdle, I can learn a lot. Well, like Andrzej Duda, I learn all the time, I learn everywhere, I learn at home, I learn in breaks… but I hope that soon I will be able to tell about something even more demanding than the work of an assistant. 🙂

I think I've exhausted the subject as far as I've been, but if I've missed something, it's safe to let me know. Kisses!


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