Part time nursing
Michelle Anderson was initially doing it for the money but soon found she was getting more than she'd bargained for
- By: Michelle Anderson
It's 6 30 am on a rainy Sunday morning in November. I should be in bed fast asleep, having rolled in just a few hours earlier from a Saturday night out in the student union. So why am I on a bus preparing myself for an eight hour shift in the orthopaedic wards at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee? I'm not on an orthopaedic placement; in fact this trip to the hospital has nothing to do with my medical course.
Like many students I have discovered that to afford shopping trips and nights out I need a job to supplement my income. I work as a nursing auxiliary. An auxiliary is a grade A nurse, at the bottom of the ward hierarchy. We help nursing staff to care for patients, and we can gain further qualifications to become healthcare assistants, who are trained for basic nursing duties, such as measurement of blood