5 reasons AIN newbie fears could get you that job

4 May 2015 6:08 PM
5 reasons AIN newbie fears could get you that job

Having fears is natural if you are new to nursing, but face them down, take these tips and you may get that job you want.

Having fears is natural if you are new to nursing, but face them down, take these tips and you may get that job you want.

1. Will I get work after placement? From a recent survey by The Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council, Only 14% of respondents agreed that by 2025 the community services and health workforce would have the number of workers required. From the same survey 61% said they found it difficult to recruit staff. So in reality there is plenty of work and the best way to get work is to ask during placement. Also many Aged Care Facilities (ACFs) employ newbies as they can train them in their methods. Tips: Be an excellent worker during placement, get a good referral from your trainer - then ask.

2. Smells and bodily fluids There is no avoiding these topics. You will not notice ‘them’ after a short while as they are just part of your job. Be professional and deal with it. Make no comments during a clean up. You are dealing with a real person and it is more awkward for your resident than you. Be respectful - it will be noticed.

Tips -Deal with smells by carrying lavender soaked tissue with you during your shift, put a smudge of Dencorub under your nose or mouth breathe.

3.Bullying - Widespread in every workplace and industry. But as a student or newbie you are at the bottom of the food chain. So stand your ground right from the start. Ask the person not to speak to you in that way. Tell them you are new and still learning so would appreciate some help. Then smile sweetly. If it continues, go to the RN or the manager. Every workplace has bully policies that should be followed. Tip Vent here at this forum http://www.nursecentral.com.au never in the nurses lunchroom.

4. Being a casual shift worker It’s a fact -you will start off in the casual pool and may remain that way for up to 6 months. You can work in different ACF’s at once if you can juggle your life. Another option for more work is to get your 200 hours up and join a Nursing agency. There is lots of AIN agency work if you are flexible, professional and can handle anything. Tip Being flexible and reliable will move you up the food chain quickly to gain the shifts you want.

5. Working with Dementia patients Many students and new AIN’s are hesitant to work in the dementia unit. Luckily there is better education and lots of resources to allay these fears. In an ACF you will be rotated around all the sections so talk with your buddy for advice.

See this recent program from SBS Insight here>> http://www.sbs.com.au/news/insight/tvepisode/dancing-dementia

Tip Care for the person not their condition or disease. Dementia patients respond well to a gentle voice and touch. This too will be noticed with brownie points to help get the work you want.