Housejob Chronicles- 7 Rules For The Naija House Officer!

DISCLAIMER: Shebi you know I’m barely “3 weeks” into this Housejob thing? These are strictly self-made rules o! You don’t need to take them “hook, line and sinker.” Thanking you!😅


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Dear New Naija House Officer,

Congratulations!

I’m so glad you made it.

You worked so hard to get here, spent countless late nights studying in medical school and slaying all the GIANT exams along the way. 

However, there are new hurdles to cross and your “Housemanship” is one of them.

As a newbie Naija house officer, I’ve put together some really simple suggestions to help you get started and maximize the Housejob experience.

1. Apply yourself. I can’t over emphasize this one. 

And it’s a phrase one of my consultants used while having a conversation with me.



Don’t just count your days, make your days count.

Housejob can be so stressful that you’re in a hurry to complete it. If you’re not careful you’ll just keep counting each day that comes without making the most of it.  

2. Don’t be a fraud i.e. Avoid synthesizing stuff that don’t exist. 

Sadly, I have been a victim and it wasn’t funny. The pressure to impress the “Ogas” can be so real, that you begin to generate values for your patient’s vitals, randomly state their clinical status and so on. 

Don’t say/write what you don’t know, even if it makes you look stupid sometimes. Trust me, you will find yourself in such shoes someday. Let your MOTTO be: “Integrity over Impression.”

Whatever you do be you, but always be a PLUS wherever you go.

{Tip: Have a small notepad and a wristwatch to document everything you do for a patient even when you don’t have access to the case note.}

3. Know your lane and respect others.

You’ll meet many nurses, lab scientists, attendants etc and often the respect you give them, is the respect you get back.
Forget the stereotype rumors you’ve heard. There are nice people (doctors, nurses, security etc) everywhere. And nobody is out to get you if you do what you ought to do well.

4. There’s such a thing as “Hierarchy syndrome.” Don’t be caught in the web.

It’s safer to be on the sidelines. Don’t let anyone belittle or intimidate you. Respect your seniors, but don’t fear them. It only destroys your self-esteem.
Sometimes you really want to help your patient but you can’t do much, because you have some “Ogas” at the top that are ready to ridicule you whether for doing nothing, doing too little or doing too much.

5. Learn all you can, while you possibly can.

From unit posting to unit posting, you’ll be surprised at how quickly the time flies. If you don’t make a conscious effort to learn, you won’t learn a thing. The goal of Housejob is for you to gain a level of independence in medical practice. And achieving that goal largely lies on you.

6. Remember, PATIENTS first. They are the priority of any healthcare institution, and they should be your priority too. 

That’s the reason you’re there in the first place.

So in whatever decision you make, ask yourself “what are my patient’s needs and how can I help to fulfill them“?

7. Just chill, in the end you’ll be alright.

Oh, there’ll be tough days but there’ll also be the not-so-tough ones. Don’t let anyone trick you into believing that everyday you will be called upon to resite IV lines at 1:00 am or to prepare a patient for surgery at 10:00 pm. 

There are days you’ll have few to no patients on the ward, canceled surgeries, missed appointments and so on. When such days come, enjoy them! 

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As a closing thought, here’s an adapted thought from a fellow blogger (Omooba):

“Don’t let yourself get distracted. FOCUS is a slippery thing. You are going to live long. You are not going to spend even up to a quarter of your life doing HouseJob. Give it your time, and mind. The less things you entertain in your life at a time, the better the overall quality.”

I’ll be honest with you, there are things you love that just have to give up for a while, to be able to maximize this new phase. It might hurt at first, but it’ll be worth it in the end.
So don’t forget the first rule, APPLY YOURSELF!

Here’s wishing you an “extension” and “extra call” free, housemanship year.

Cheers!

:::requ1ne:::
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Housejob Chronicles- GOALS!

Hey folks,

So since starting this housejob thingy, I’ve been working roughly 12-15 HOURS a day, for 7 DAYS a week! (no kidding)

But I am not complaining, because FOR THIS JOB, I prayed. Haha…

Thankful this is NOT my portion…loool😂
Btw, Lokoja is a lovely place to live in, minus the “hot weather” and the “water-rationing” (one of the things I miss about home)…haha.

Everywhere I go, people have been kind to me. From my Uncle’s family that currently hosts me, to random people giving me rides or buying me snacks. Even most of the nurses, doctors and patients’ caregivers I have met have been nice.
Also I’ve met some of my Kinsfolk (one from Magongo, two from Ogori)and what a joy it was to communicate in our local dialect.

Anyway, as per Housejob, I was told that my department (surgery) is the toughest so to speak (followed by ObGyn, Paeds & Int Med- I suppose), and my unit (Paediatric Surgery) is relatively a “soft-landing” i.e. we are in an off-season atm, with only about 20% of our patients requiring critical care. 
My first call was smooth. I was summoned just twice (one case of AUR, one case of Fever) so I grabbed a couple hours of sweet sleep.

I’m thankful that I still have “windows of time” to do the things I really enjoy doing-Reading, Blogging, Spanish tutorials, Music and the likes.

Because not every time work, sometimes flexing.

I’m learning to make the most of the opportunities I get to relax and be as productive as possible rather than just while away on social media or with random gists.

I love this phrase:

So I’ve come up with a number of goals that I hope to achieve by the end of my housemanship year. (Thanks to one of the speakers at the ARD house officers welcoming). Here it goes: 
5 Deliveries 

– 5 NGT Insertions

– 5 Skin Suturing

-10 DREs

-15 VEs

-15 Urinary Catheterizations

-20 IV line setting

-25 Venepunctures

Total Procedures: 100.

Succeeded in : 0😂

Attempts: 2 Venepunctures, 2 IV lines (flat veins syndrome), 1 urinary catheterization (assisted), 1 skin suturing (no stamina to push in the needle😭).

I’m sharing this, because at the end of my Housejob sojourn I’d like to compare notes and see how far I’ve gone. 
And I hope to write more about the Housejob as it progresses.

So help me God.

My Housejob face…lol
Cheers!

:::requ1ne:::

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A November To Remember: New Beginnings.

Hey People,

GOD is good.

It’s a new SEASON.

And I have a new SONG.

I remember almost too clearly, this time about 10 years ago.

I was through with secondary school, and seriously stressing over gaining an admission into the University.
Nigerians living in Nigeria, can relate to this.

First, I had to sit for the “Almighty” University Matriculation Exam known as JAMB, which I thankfully passed at one sitting, after much prayers…lol.

Next came the Post-UME exam (to streamline the number of candidates applying to a particular institution). My dad traveled with me and we spent the night at a Family friend’s place.

On the day of the exam, I was so nervous on seeing the THOUSANDS of candidates that came from all over the country for it.

I kept praying and praying and praying…lol.

We Nigerians pray about anything and everything, because every Success is a Breakthrough, be it Academic, Marital or Financial.

To cut the story short, I was admitted that year (although for a different course than I applied for), but I was thrilled nonetheless and so was my family.

It was as if I’d won a LOTTERY…lol.

Again, only in Nigeria.

Anyway, I had to move to a new city which was a whole new experience for my “young and naive” self, especially those first few weeks on campus.

I literally gawked at everything happening around me, exhibiting the typical “Freshers’ Syndrome” 😂

So Many Fears.

How will I cope with this or that? I thought.

But not only did I survive, I thrived. The rest, they say is History.

10 years later, I find myself in a similar situation but on a grander scale.

My dream of getting a HOUSE JOB finally came to pass. And I feel like a “Fresher” all over.

I had to move to a new city, and leave everyone dear to me (Family, Friends, Church) several miles behind.

My parents are the real MVP.

They were as involved now as they were then. They took the pain to get the necessary contacts to ensure I settle down on time.

While I’m emotional about the big move, I’m thankful for this opportunity and I anticipate all the adventures that come with it.

Thanks to everyone that prayed, advised or encouraged me while I was “hunting” for a job..lol.

Your prayers have been ANSWERED.

God bless you!
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So the song for this season:

You’re Love, You’re Light, You’re LORD over everything.

And here’s one of my favorite scriptures of all times:

“I rely on your constant love; I will be glad, because you will rescue me. I will sing to you, O LORD, because you have been good to me.”


(Psalms 13:5-6 GNB)

Currently Reading:

– The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People (Stephen R. Covey)

– Understanding the Purpose and Power of Men (Myles Munroe)

– The Meaning of Marriage (Timothy Keller with Kathy Keller)

New Read:

– The Purpose driven Life (Rick Warren)

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“When you get what you want, be sure you want what you get.”

This is my Story. This is my Song…lol.

Naija Housejob wahala has finally started. 

There’s so much to do and to learn. And these first few days have been challenging. 

But I know God will order my steps and grant me the wisdom to deal with every circumstance that comes along.

So just in case I am MIA,  know that I’m in that phase of life where I am barely trying to place one foot in front of the other.

I know that this too will pass.

Again God is good.

Cheers to a great November,

Throwback to med school days!
:::requ1ne:::
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