Throwback Thursday: Your First Day On the Job

Starting a new job can be a lot of pressure. It can be overwhelming since you are meeting lots of people, learning new things and trying to make a good first impression all at the same time. Do you remember your first day or week at Johns Hopkins? Did a coworker say something that sticks with you until this day, or was the whole experience a blur to you now? Share your story on today’s Hopkins Happenings’ Throwback Thursday.

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mvelasco October 20, 2013 at 4:50 am

My manager and Head nurse gave me a hug on the first day meeting them and made a warm welcoming impression. I felt at home already from the very start!!!


Melinda Thomas October 18, 2013 at 9:59 am

My first day at Johns Hopkins M&C was a memorable one! I started work as a temp and I was really nervous as anyone would expect. It was the week before the Christmas holidays so most of the staff were out. I felt fortunate that the first person who greeted me was the then Director of Internet Strategy. He offered a very friendly hello and after our intro. he said "welcome to M&C" and I knew then that I had made the right decision to work here. Having the holidays to gradually meet everyone did calm my nerves a bit.


Anita October 11, 2013 at 2:41 pm

I remember waiting in the lobby of the emergency room. Then the supervisor came out, very nice. We walked through a back room ...and I said to myself, uh-huh...I'm getting checked out. All smiles though. I assume that was an approval. It has been good.


Holly October 10, 2013 at 5:08 pm

My first day at JHH was my 22nd birthday in 1980. I got a job in the CVDL, on CMSC 5, and was thrilled to be working here! At that time, there were a lot of students and other young employees living in Reed Hall, across Broadway, as I was at the time. I moved here from Kentucky and lived in Reed Hall for the first 2 months that I was in Baltimore. I had met a nice girl that morning, while getting my brand new ID made. It was her first day at JHH too!! I told her that it was my birthday, so after work, we met in Reed Hall, and she bought me a drink from the little bar that was in a closet on the first floor!! Little did we know that 33 years later we would still be great friends; her with a PHD from JHU and I've enjoyed several different positions along the way, and have returned to working in the Cardiac Cath Lab, where I started, all those years ago!! Seems like yesterday...


Lori October 10, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I was so excited to get my dream job back in summer of 1979. NICU was a tightly packed unit in the back of CMSC5. The Orientation was excellent and the Nurses were very helpful. Some of the great Nurses are still there: Laura Miller,Susie Robbins, Pam Scheff! Steve George ran the ABG Lab. He is now a Rheumatologist. Ed Scherer and Louise were the best Unit Clerks you could ask for! We had birhthday celebrations, showers, weddings,etc. Started and ended the day with a walk past the majestic Jesus statue,lightly skimming the feet with my hand. It gave me strength every day.


Valerie Mazza October 10, 2013 at 10:11 am

After fifteen years at another university, I came to Hopkins with much trepidation. I will never forget the kindness of the staff members in my office and others in various departments who helped me navigate and learn the Hopkins' way. I celebrated my thirteenth year in April and without their help, I would not have lasted a week 🙂


Ella Mae Haber October 10, 2013 at 10:02 am

Moving into a new bulding and boxes everywhere, some very heavy. I saw a tall strong man and asked him to please put box in one of my rooms. Later I found out that this person was the CEO of JHH.


Donna Vogel October 10, 2013 at 9:15 am

What I remember most was hearing something - repeatedly - that I had not heard in my 25 years in the federal government: "We're so happy you're here." What I love about my job is not only what I actually do, but also being able to work with terrific people.


Alexander Gineitis October 10, 2013 at 8:10 am

Back in August of 2010, I started by new job as new nurse on Weinberg 4C. I remember walking onto the unit anxious and scared and then meeting my new smiling preceptors, Clari and Maria. They made me feel at ease by taking me under their wings and making sure I was supported throughout the orientation process and even after. On top of that, I was working with an amazing manager and first class staff. I was lucky to begin my nursing career here at Hopkins!


kymberly jones October 10, 2013 at 7:40 am

I remember my first day on the job in the Anesthesia/posting department and how nervous I was. I remember looking at the desk and the experience of personnel that surrounded me. Everyone was pleasant but still tight lipped. At the time I was not sure how I was received. As I got comfortable and looked to my right the most friendliest person I ever met said Hi my name is Wanda, if you need any help let me know. Her smile greeted me and confirmed me in my job and with the hospital. To this very day Ms. Wanda Alston is one of my very best friends and I remember her often for her smile and welcoming spirit to me and to everyone she meets.


Laura Gandy October 10, 2013 at 7:25 am

I became a Hopkins employee by take-over. Everyone at the practice suspected something was going on, but we had no real idea of what would happen to us. It meant a lot of change - two computer systems in two years, more people, more rules, and lots of patients to reassure. Everyone that helped us transition over was very nice, and very patient, which made things easier.


Lindsay Rothstein October 10, 2013 at 6:21 am

I will never forget the kindness of Bernice (Bunny) Edmonds on my first day as a staff writer in what was then the Office of Communications and Public Affairs back in 2000. It was intimidating coming into a workgroup of much older, very seasoned writers, and in the cubicle maze environment we were in back then (550 Building, 11th floor), it wasn't very easy to meet people. Bunny came over to help me get my voicemail set up and spent a lot of time with me making sure I was comfortable and knew how to get around. She always checked in on me and sort of adopted me. All these years later, I don't sit in the same building with her anymore, but I still consider her a very dear friend. She still brings me her famous mac and cheese and always remembers my birthday.


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