Hospital Jobs-How to Ease New Hospitalists into Their First Workplace

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All first jobs require a certain period of adjustment, and hospital jobs are no different. In fact, it can be argued that new hospitalists have a harder time easing into their new workplace due to the fast pace of the nature of the job, patient volume, the toll it can take to their psyche, and having to balance the business aspects of practice. New hospitalists can easily become overwhelmed and burned out.
To avoid that, you can follow the tips below to make the process easier on them:
  1. Provide an informative orientation to new hospitalists-Arming new hospitalists with information will serve the facility best in the long run. If they are made aware of the demands of the job early on, they will be able to set goals for themselves and subsequently meet them. Prepare them for the fact that they may have to do a lot of work without as much support as they had gotten used to during their residency period. By doing so, you can avoid shocking them once they get into the thick of it.  Be clear about what their responsibilities will be.
  2. Prioritize the health and wellness of new hospitalists-Fatigue and exhaustion can occur when new hospitalists are pushed to work long hours, and this may lead to illness. Ill hospitalists have no business providing patient care, critical or otherwise, so make sure that the duty hours are reasonable and provide a healthy work-life balance to allow new hospitalists to rest and recover from long work days. If possible, provide your new hospitalists with vaccines to combat common illnesses, such as the flu. This ensures that few new hires will miss work due to being out sick.
  3. Bridge the generational gap-New hospitalists tend to be on the young side, and have little to no training on the business side of medical practice. As much as possible, provide teaching opportunities for new hospitalists, starting from analyzing a contract. Also, it may be beneficial to learn how to democratically settle differences between established physicians and new hospitalists, who may treat them like residents due to a difference in generation. Establish a workplace that encourages open communication so that all issues can be addressed fairly.
  4. Give adequate feedback to new hospitalists-Providing adequate feedback is an effective way to steer new hospitalists through the perils of the job. At the same time, encourage new hospitalists not to be beaten down by negative feedback, or to be afraid of asking questions. Promote a harmonious working environment focused on the patient and the appropriate care to be administered, and don’t allow feelings to get personal and in the way of the work that needs to be done. Established physicians and higher-ups should also not be afraid of providing feedback to new hospitalists, so long as it is being done in the interest of improving patient care.
  5. Provide a detailed training program-During this training program, residents transitioning into new hospitalists should be taught the essentials, such as how to accurately bill a patient, and learning different types of compensation models. They should be given as much autonomy as possible, so that they have a sense of what it may be like out on the floor when there is little support available and finishing paperwork and discharge summaries is still necessary. This prepares them for their career as hospitalists by putting them through the gauntlet, so to speak. They should also learn how to anticipate, prioritize problems, and manage care transitions which they will be responsible for as hospitalists.
In sum, providing support through education and training, as well as in-house medical programs will be a great help to new hospitalists just starting out.

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