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Okay great. I’ve been a healthcare assistant and trained as a nurse in England too, so is there anything in particular you’d like to know?
Oh wow! Just basically what I would do? Can the job be emotionally stressful? Did you enjoy it? Can it lead to any other jobs? Is it hard? And do you think the pay is enough for what you do/ did?
Oh also this is really random but did you wear a uniform?
If you click the link that’ll give you an overview of the job role: www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/.../healthcare-assistantYes the job can be emotionally stressful at times dependent on which area you work in, for example with patients that are less independent he work will be more heavy, and dementia patients will have more needs and monitoring too, but you can work in areas which are less demanding too like with day surgery patients etc. That can be managed though, and I’m going to be completely honest because I think that’s only fair to not mislead someone, the biggest reason it’s stressful is because of how short staffed it is as this means the staff are often being stretched beyond theor limits currently. Now this might change hopefully as things start to improve. But it’s also true that if you’re the sort of person who is compassionate, patient and enjoys working with those in need, you will find it very emotionally rewarding in those ways too. I found it very emotionally and physically draining at times, but I also really loved being able to help people, so it balances out. Here is an example of a code of conduct for HCAs: www.nursingtimes.net/.../5056732.articleThe pay is often minimum wage as a HCA unless you work for an agency like NHSP in the Worcestershire area for example, that will pay a better amount (albeit still not that much for what you actually do, but I think a lot of jobs are feeling this at the moment). However, if you wanted to go into nursing, being a HCA is a very good place to start to get a realistic feel for whether it’s something you’d like to pursue. There is also the nursing associate role that has just been piloted which means some universities and trusts are offering an apprenticeship route now and you only need basic qualifications for that as far as I’m aware.
This is a new role between a healthcare assistant and nurse which means you can do a lot more hands on nursing skills but still don’t quite have the same amount of accountability as a nurse, for example you can take and record vital signs (some healthcare assistants can also do that), give medication, catheterise patients, do ECGs etc (a HCA in A&E will be able to do this but not necessarily on other wards). You can also progress from this into nursing with some trusts as you earn a wage instead of paying to go to university. It’s all new at the moment so you’d need to research the trusts in your area to see what they offer, give them a call, email or go in and speak to them or ask people you know who work in that environment about it if you can. There are some links here that you can click on to read further information about: www.rcn.org.uk/.../uk-wide-information-for-hcas-and-apsAll in all, healthcare is a tough but extremely rewarding role, it’s just hard at the moment because of the way it’s being run from the top managers and current government, but if you’re passionate about it it’s worth sticking with because things hopefully will change for the better soon and there are very rewarding sides to it that you just don’t get in other jobs. A great thing about it too is that there are many roles you can branch off into, so say you became a nurse and got a good degree grade, you could then go on to train as a physician associate in a more medical based role, or become an advanced nurse practitioner where you can do more doctor duties like prescribing certain things etc, you could work in a busy hands on a&e department utilising acute skills often, or you could work in a GP surgery with a somewhat more relaxed pace, or you could do community work.
You can also do agency alongside your normal job so you can still work on different wards of your choosing as each will have different specialities for you to develop skills in, even as a health care assistant, you won’t be able to do as much but you’ll still be learning. It will definitely open a lot of doors for you if you’re passionate about hard work and enjoy helping others. It’s the type of job where you’re always learning new things because healthcare is always progressing and changing. As a healthcare assistant it’s not very hard, aside from being short staffed and tired from long shifts, but you get more days off too if you do 3 12 hour shifts a week instead of 5 shorter ones (most people do long days). And yes there is a uniform, that’s usually dependent upon the trust or agency you work for as to what it looks like though.I hope this helps, if you have anymore questions just let me know 😊 and good luck!
Thank you so much!! This has helped a lot! I think I'm going to go for it, there's nothing better then to help people. I really appreciate all of you help and advice. I'll be sure to check out those links aswell! Again thank you so much!!
You’re very welcome, glad I could help. I’m really glad you think so! 😊 Good luck on your futire career! 👍🏻
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