Are your ready to be an AIN?

18 Apr 2015 11:58 AM
Are your ready to be an AIN?

Have you signed up for a new course in the Health Aged Care or Disability sector (HACDs)? Here are 5 topics to consider now you have begun your new journey.

Have you signed up for a new course in the Health Aged Care or Disability sector (HACDs)? Here are 5 topics to consider now you have begun your new journey.

1. What is your motivation? Is it to care for others? If yes then you're on the right track. If it's just a job or for the money than think again. An AIN needs to be committed, be responsible and have endurance and patience by the bucketload.

2.Are your personal skills the right fit for the HACDs? The common skills across all these sectors are good communication skills and a strong work ethic. This means using clear and concise language in a calm manner with everybody you deal with. There is no down time in nursing it is go from the start of your shift to the finish.

3, Can you think on your feet? Yes? That's good because 1. you are on your feet all day and 2. the job requires initiative and problem solving. A previous blog here>> gives more tips on this topic but it's about being confident which will evolve as your course unfolds.

4. Is change a challenge or a chore for you? There are many nursing career options but the common theme is the ability to handle change. Changing residents medical and behaviour conditions, changing workplace from ward to ward to low care to high care to dementia unit and changing work colleagues too.

5. How will your new job impact your family or lifestyle? Consider the impact of shift work. 6am starts or finishing at 10pm is normal for nursing. Weekend work too, which can affect your social or family life. Being on call when you first start is possible although you will be given shifts 1 to 2 weeks ahead but you may be asked to fill in as well. You may be tired after a lot of shifts so looking after yourself with lots of sleep, eating well and regular massages or physic if needed is vital. Please comment below