okay well i understand how ive come out as a bit of an idiot in this thread but thanks for the info. I think ill either accept it or wait a bit and see if i can get a different job in A&E or something...
I work as a support worker and it involves some personal care. I'd got a little bit of experience through volunteering for Vitalise, but when I started work I was nervous about the personal care side. But once you've done it a few times you get used to it and you just get on with it. Chances are that the person you are helping is used to it, so try not to worry about it. On a practical level, talking to the person while you are helping them distracts you both from what you are doing and is a good strategy to put them and you at ease.
I've been shortlisted for a HCA job in a hospital, on the wards. How will this job differ from the care home job? The hours seem a bit daunting though and ive got exams to do but ill ask them if they are flexible in anyway. Its on an orthopaedic ward 'dedicated to emergency admissions, for people who have fallen or had an accident'. The salary is 13-16k pa, which seems okay, but its listed as 37.5 hourse a week!!! i need to ask for specific details before i go for the interview.
In terms of personal care an orthopaedic ward isn't likely to differ hugely, because they'll be quite a few people who have back problems and need assistance. However, if its emergency admissions it might be a short stay ward (ask) then there wont be as much personal care because people wont be around for long. Also if its emergency admissions there may be some errand running for x-rays/ tests etc. Also you're a lot less likely to get people who aren't able to communicate properly (as may be the case in a care home) which would make your job easier. The hours might be a problem, you can't do a full time job while studying, you wont be able to keep up and you'll have defeated the point of strengthening your med application because you probably wont be able to achieve the grades.
A list means nothing, it's what you experienced that matters.
Just. Wear. Gloves.
Now stop fussing and get to bum-scraping!
lol @ toffee kid... Yeah i guess doing the interview will be good practice for a medical school one, although if this is a full time job wll there be a contract involved? hence if i start work and then closer to exams i need time off which they cant give me, quiting becomes hard to honour the contract? although im going to keep looking, it isnt my local hospital and requires a blast up the motorway for 20-30 mins every morning when i could just go with dad, i asked him to put in a gd word for the application i made to his hospital.
You're right that a list isnt important, but i tried to do as many different things as possible so i can say i've learnt different things not just the same. Long term experience shows commitment, does it not? but then obviously working as a HCA in a ward would teach me a lot more then a weeks work exp where i dont see much....