Biggest AIN fears for placement

15 Jun 2015 10:50 AM
Biggest AIN fears for placement

As another DPT course finishes and the students head off to placement, it's time to look at the top five AIN student fears and how to overcome them. Learn more.

As another DPT course finishes and the students head off to placement it's time to look at the top five AIN student fears and how to overcome them.

1. Smells This topic always comes up in the first week of the course and sometimes lingers (pun intended) right to the end of the course. It's a big fear for some but for students who've been parents its generally not an issue - parents have been there done that. For others a handy tip is to put a lavender scented tissue in your pocket and have a regular sniff or put Dencorub under your nose to stop any smells. See this DPT students response after 3 weeks of placement re. smells. View here>>

2. Hurting a resident The elderly may look fragile and frail but many are tough as nails and have been through a lot of hard times. Dealing with a new AIN student nurse will be a delight for them as you will be a fresh face. Let them guide you as to their 'handling' of any injuries, mobility etc. Also pay attention every handover as you will be updated on a persons condition. Many do have fragile skin and painful swellings and joints but if you are gentle and communicate well then you will have no problems. Always ask your buddy for advice if unsure.

3. Being bullied This happens in every workplace in every industry. In nursing it's a bit more up front which is good as you can stop a bully from your first shift by telling them - "sorry that is not a nice way to speak to me I'm new and would like to learn from you" or something similar. Like smells- do not let any bullying linger- nip it in the bud.

4. Being a casual worker It's the reality of nursing that no matter where you work you will start in a casual pool. This means being a fill-in for other nurses who are off sick or on holidays. You generally will get some notice but sometimes you won't. Just do a good job every shift and you will get a chance to ask for more shifts or shifts that suit your life. After you've done 200 paid hours you can apply to an agency and pick up more work there. Agencies may want a referee which is tricky but get along with everybody and you can ask for a referee and do agency work on the side. It's quite accepted to do this but best to keep quiet.

5. Handling the physical side Students will get an idea through the practical sessions in class how physical the job will be but these sessions are limited in number. Working, on your feet, for 7 hours performing manual handling tasks on residents with different impairments and medical conditions is a challenge. Students need to be in good shape and fitness to handle the pressures. So if you have any past injuries get them fixed before placement starts so you are the tip top form.

All the best from your trainers and DPT. See also Survival tips for placement blog