Earlier in the year I reported on how third year student, Hannah Kearsley, had embraced the world of Twitter and Social Media to network with other professionals. Now, having qualified, she’s back again sharing her reflections on how it feels to be a fully-fledged radiographer.
My transition from student to newly qualified radiographer
After being qualified for two months I thought it was an appropriate time to reflect on my transition from a third year student to a fully fledged radiographer.
The experience has been daunting to say the least; having to justify X-ray requests and accept my own images. I also decided to leave the hospital where I trained and start at Warrington and Halton NHS Foundation Trust to have a fresh start; this meant I also had to learn lots of new departmental protocols and meet lots of new people.
Having trained at the University of Salford, I felt fully prepared to enter the world of work and X-ray a whole range of patients using a variety of equipment. Although the reality of walking around with a mobile machine on unfamiliar wards is still slightly daunting, however I am learning to enjoy working by myself and making my own decisions, as opposed to relying on other radiographers. I am still nervous about theatre but I feel as though my confidence will grow significantly in the upcoming months.
“my favourite part of being a radiographer so far is being able to work with students”
I think my favourite part of being a radiographer so far is being able to work with students. I feel as though I can really relate to them and really enjoy teaching and supporting them. It is a great to see how far I have come myself in the past three years and that I can now pass on things that I have taught to others. I am looking forward to working closely with the Clinical Tutor and creating tutorials with the students; I believe this will also help with my CPD.
After reading Baruch’s “5 tips for new rads” I understood that all newly qualified radiographers felt the same and that it takes time to settle in. The staff at Warrington Hospital have been very welcoming and it was great to start alongside 4 other new Band 5 radiographers. I believe that leaving the hospital where I trained has allowed me to build more confidence within myself and my radiographic skills.