Working as a healthcare assistant
Working as a healthcare assistant while at medical school could make you a better doctor, as well as helping to pay off your student debt. Robert Annan explains why
Have you ever thought about working as a healthcare assistant or an auxiliary nurse? The titles really mean the same thing. Five years ago I decided to work as a healthcare assistant and have spent the greater part of my holidays in several hospitals and homes in and out of London over the summer, Christmas, and Easter months. Not only did I find it financially rewarding, but I also learnt a lot from the many patients I looked after, which I believe has considerably developed my interpersonal skills and my understanding of disease from the patients' perspective.
So what does the job involve? Your boss is the senior staff nurse or the sister on duty, who will tell you what they want you to do.
You are on hand to help the staff nurses in whatever they do on the wards. You might assist in the bathing and washing of