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Surviving on calls

Post date: 01/04/2015 | Time to read article: 1 mins

The information within this article was correct at the time of publishing. Last updated 19/07/2018

Top ten tips to survive those dreaded on calls

  1. Don’t rush – Work steadily and prioritise appropriately. You’ll get faster.
  2. List the tasks that you were given – Mark them off when they have been completed. Including times is helpful.
  3. Stand your ground – Get a CT or an x-ray if it’s needed.
  4. Show gratitude – It’s better to have the colleagues onside than against you.
  5. Keep calm and carry on – This will help you tackle any challenge that comes your way, even when the bleep goes off incessantly.
  6. Smile – If you’re happy to be there so will your team
  7. Ask questions – Don’t be afraid to ask, ask, ASK!
  8. Take breaks – remove yourself for short bursts and you’ll become more efficient and perhaps less grumpy?!
  9. Eat – Make sure you’ve got hidden supplies for those moments when it dawns on you that everything is closed.
  10. Create an on-call bag – With your Oxford Handbook, a jumper and snacks for your walks around the ward.
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