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The first day of any new job is unsettling. It doesn’t matter how many years you’ve been working as a locum offender health nurse. You’ll always have butterflies on your first day. After all, will the role reach your expectations? Will you be professionally satisfied by the new challenges? Will you like the people you’re working with?

Setting into a new team is always difficult, but when you’re working in an offender health setting, you may find more challenges than other healthcare scenarios. As well as building relationships with colleagues and staff, you’ll have the added pressure of working with inmates.

To help you settle into your new role quickly, we’ve asked our dedicated recruitment consultants to share their advice, making the transition of your first few days easier than ever. Let’s here what they have to say…

“Embrace the change”


All working environments are different. If you are new to working in a secure setting, then you may find your experience completely different to what you are used to. It can be easy to think to yourself “that’s not how I usually do this…” but we would recommend embracing any differences. You may find that you are ideally suited to new ways of working.

If you find that you’re getting stressed, then don’t ever be afraid to ask someone to help you. Everyone will be working together for the same goals, so if you don’t know how to do something, then just ask.

“Show that you’re a key part of the team”


It can be easy to feel on the outside when you’re working on a short-term contract. But if you want to really fit in with your colleagues, then you need to show that you’re an invaluable part of the team. Where possible, get involved in as much as you can – if there are any team social events taking place, try to attend.

By the end of your first few weeks, you’ll have a clear idea of who you will be regularly working alongside. Take the time to work with them and establish how your strengths can complement theirs. Finding a way to improve patient care will certainly help you feel like a valued member of the team.

“Can you find a mentor to guide you?”


If you’ve been working in your new offender healthcare job role for a few weeks and you’re still feeling unsettled, why not ask a colleague to act as a mentor? Having someone on-hand to show the ropes or help you to integrate with colleagues could help you feel happier and provide you with more confidence. In exchange, you can share your own knowledge and understanding with your mentor, helping you to work together collaboratively.

Are you looking for a new offender health nursing job role? If so, why not take a look at the wide range of vacancies we have available? As well as recruiting throughout the whole of the UK, we offer both short term contract and permanent positions. For more information about any of our roles, why not submit your CV and one of our trained consultants will call you back.
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