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    I did work as an apprentice HCA about 2 years ago for 6 months - it was in a geriatric ward, so involved lots of hard work, including washes, feeding, toileting, etc. Now I'll be working in a completely different hospital (Derriford, in Plymouth), in different wards, etc... and I'm really nervous especially since I know staff usually have different expectations of bank staff. I'm terrified of making a mistake that'll compromise patient safety, or (unintentionally) being a nuisance to staff (and receiving complaints). Most of all, I'm just worried I've forgotten how to do all the things I was trained to do years ago. I haven't been able to book a shift yet because I'm just so nervous about everything!
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    (Original post by asilverlining)
    I did work as an apprentice HCA about 2 years ago for 6 months - it was in a geriatric ward, so involved lots of hard work, including washes, feeding, toileting, etc. Now I'll be working in a completely different hospital (Derriford, in Plymouth), in different wards, etc... and I'm really nervous especially since I know staff usually have different expectations of bank staff. I'm terrified of making a mistake that'll compromise patient safety, or (unintentionally) being a nuisance to staff (and receiving complaints). Most of all, I'm just worried I've forgotten how to do all the things I was trained to do years ago. I haven't been able to book a shift yet because I'm just so nervous about everything!
    Have you had any training since taking on this role as a bank HCA? Havign a go at some manual handling in the safety of a classroom may help calm your nerves a touch. Working on a ward as a HCA is pretty much the same on most wards, as your previous experience was on a care of the elderly ward why not try a shift there first.

    If you're worried about doing something wrong, the best thing to do is ask before you do it. As a nurse, I'd be more annoyed if someone had tried to do something when not knowing and getting it wrong than them coming and asking me as they were unsure. I know some nurses (and HCAs) can be a little bit unapproachable, do you know anyone working on any of the wards at all that you could maybe team up with?
 
 
 
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