I did not expect to be joining such a holistic, person-centred caring environment. This included every staff member, from those in the kitchens preparing the meals, to the care assistants, the nurses, and the managers. There is a huge multi-agency involvement in a care home environment and the care home works hard to break down the common barriers to communication and knowledge through best evidenced practices.
What has surprised you the most about a Care Home placement?
Just how caring and conscientious the staff were. This wasn’t a misapprehension by any means, but I did not expect to be joining such a holistic, person-centred caring environment. This included every staff member, from those in the kitchens preparing the meals, to the care assistants, the nurses, and the managers. There is a huge multi-agency involvement in a care home environment and the care home works hard to break down the common barriers to communication and knowledge through best evidenced practices.
What has been your key learning experience from your time with GMTH?
Building my communication skills with those who have cognitive impairments, or barriers to effective communication. This has been an invaluable skill to develop and will assist me throughout my nursing career.
How do you feel the residents responded to the presence of GMTH learners within your environment?
I feel that I had a positive impact on the residents with bringing a fresh and open perspective to care planning and person-centred care. Being a student gave me more time to bond with the residents as well and helped me to build a positive therapeutic relationship.
Had you ever considered a career in Social Care prior to commencing on the placement, and how has this experience changed your perceptions going forward?
I had not, simply because I had no experience in this environment. I would certainly consider this in the future. The placement undertaken with the nursing home has expanded by repertoire of knowledge and given me transferrable skills to take forwards in my nursing placements and nursing career in the future
The Training Hub is so proud of what we have achieved with students like yourself, but with confidentiality maintained, what is your absolute proudest moment during this placement?
Managing to always get one particular resident, who had difficulty remaining concordant with their medication, to take their prescribed medication in the least restrictive manner, ensuring to have the patience to talk them though the process step by step each time, making sure to deescalate and reapproach appropriately if necessary. This is by far my proudest moment because this ensured a marked improvement in their condition, simply by taking the extra time and patience with their medication.
If you could change one thing about the current state of play within Primary and Social Care, what would it be?
The misconception that nursing home environments and social care environments are unpleasant or scary places to work. There is certainly a large level of responsibility and knowledge required, however you are not alone in your endeavours and always have a broad multidisciplinary team to consult before any key decisions are made.
And, having completed your placement and continued with your Nursing journey, what do you hope the future holds for you, and where would you like to be in five years’ time?
Only being halfway through my training, it is very hard to say where I would like to be in five years’ time. However, completing a placement in a care home environment has certainly broadened my horizons further, so this is definitely a career option I would consider in the future. If I end up doing something different, I will always be able to use the transferrable skills gained and apply them to a range of settings.