I am studying speech and language therapy with a view to become a speech therapist once I have graduated. I have been applying for health care assistant roles as I hope it will provide me with great experience to kickstart my career in healthcare, and I’ve been successful in getting a healthcare assistant position at a rehabilitation centre for patients with brain injuries.
I’m really excited to begin this new role as it’s my first position in the healthcare sector. I’m absolutely fine with most jobs I understand I’ll be completing, however the one thing I’m nervous about is helping patients with toileting activities and cleaning after bowel movements. I’m comfortable with most things (vomit, urine, puss, blood etc.) however I know my stomach isn’t very strong when it comes to faeces! In cleaning jobs in the past I have actually vomited from the sight and smell!
I really want to conquer this before I begin my role as I don’t want to embarrass patients by gagging or worse. Does anybody have advice on how I might become more comfortable with this task please? I would really appreciate it as I am very keen about this new job.
Thank you in advance!