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carol

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Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:02 pm

Im just about finished my Cert 3 in Aged care and commence work placement. Today they showed us how to change a colostomy bag and a urine bag on a dummy and i felt faint and had to go sit on the toilet. This is after working on a DUMMY! I never realised what a weak stomach i had and now im all anxious about how im going to cope at placement. I think it was the thought of doing it on a real patient that made me all anxious. Its going to be embarrassing if i need to excuse myself every time i see something that makes me feel faint.

Has anyone else done placement and felt a bit nauseous or faint in some situations? And how did you deal with it? Im starting to think the job wont be for me.

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Feb 16, 2011, 06:07 pm

Carol, dont be put off. It is perfectly normal to have that reaction and it was probably more anxiety than anything. I'm sure you will be fine once u get out on placement. It can be a bit daunting at first.. but its def something u can and will get used to. :) Best of luck on placements.

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Feb 20, 2011, 01:02 am

Welcome aboard... Gosh you are lucky was you shown in your class how to change a colostomy bag.. I have been working now for 12 months .. As yet no idea on how to change coloscopy bag.. Utube many times watched... I would like to know if this was taught in Tafe even an understanding of blood pressure readings.. Yes If so That is why I am so down on fast track courses... You will be fine believe me.. Carry some Vick's nasal stick. After years of smoking and now an ex smoker of ten years my sence of smell has gone thank goodness that does help.

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Feb 20, 2011, 10:28 am

Thanks guys:) Too be honest there's a few things bothering me a bit..like changing 'nappies' etc. I dont want it to show to the resident that im put off by it as that wouldnt be very nice for them.

Gizjiz, its a short course. It is actually easy as to change. Im not sure what the smell would be like though. I did watch some youtube video of a young guy with one and he mentioned how bad it could smell sometimes when changing.

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Feb 20, 2011, 06:13 pm

I don't know whats going on hit the submit post and nothing coming up.. All I can say and offer suggestions from carers I have worked with. You do get over the smell of feces. I think we all have something that is built in us to overcome these things.

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Mar 18, 2011, 08:50 pm

Hi guys..just thought id update that i did my placement and I was fine. There were a few moments when the smell made me feel a bit grossed out but for the most part i enjoyed the experience. Where i did placement offered to put me on as a casual but had to have a medical first. I did that today and the physio said my pulling strength is a bit weak, so now im worried the home wont take me:(

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Mar 19, 2011, 12:46 am

Before I commenced my work place I had to under go a medical. And yes I was anxious because of my age etc. I know my weakness is my knees I cannot squat down like I did 15 years ago. At the medical physio said yes you have tightness of the knees My blood pressure eye test all tested On that day blood pressure was normal on the day, my eye sight is not the best I wear glasses . . I still was excepted. OK I don't squat down like I am suppose to do to save my back... Back is not a problem to me .. .. For your problem you say physio said you had weakness in pulling strength . When you did your manual training did you have problems there, are you aware of weakness in shoulders etc.

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Mar 19, 2011, 08:55 am

Hi

I didnt have any trouble with manual handling. I do know im not very strong,im pretty small but yeah didnt think it would be a problem. I manage the slide sheets etc ok. There were a few residents i found a bit harder to get up as they felt like dead weight ie werent really helping much to get up.

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Mar 29, 2011, 06:01 pm

Seems i failed the medical. They said they'd speak to HR but that usually they wont let you be employed if you dont pass. So disappointing getting this far and missing out on a job because of this. My pushing and pulling strength let me down. Stupid really as i clean for a living now and am pulling heavy loads of washing downstairs and carrying heavy linen up 2 flights of stairs etc. To determine my pushing strength they had me push something against a wall...cant think what the pulling one was.

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Mar 31, 2011, 08:41 am Last edited Mar 31, 2011, 08:41 am update #1

Sorry to hear this Carol. Very disappointing. Not sure if it standard practice for medicals.I know my first job in age care I did not have one, that was early last year Then the second place I did. Anyway I am feeling for you. Have you thought about other areas of age care to work in.

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Mar 31, 2011, 01:04 pm

Thankyou:) but got good news yesterday, they offered me a job anyway. just have to do some exercises and do medical again in 3 months. I start next week. At least they gave me 3 month to improve my strength.

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Mar 31, 2011, 04:39 pm

Oh that's great news, start lifting them weights girly...

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Apr 17, 2011, 04:28 pm

Just to update, i didnt even end up starting. I got a call the day before i was meant to start saying they made a mistake. She got it wrong, and i wasnt allowed to start. Now i have another medical for a different aged care home next week,better pass this one i badly need the work.

Think it sucks though they left it a day before i started to do that to me. I had told my current employer i had got another job and would be leaving soon. So she employed someone else. Thats left me with barely any work and struggling to pay the bills. I need a job badly:(

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Apr 17, 2011, 04:32 pm

This other home are offering PPT. Whats the payrate on permanent? I know you recently got a payrise though probably small..

When i was on placement there was a lady talking to us in the staff room saying they were fighting to get carers a certain % payrise. She said they just received one but they were fighting to get at least another $2per hr. i must say after doing work experience i think carers deserve more for what they do. i dont know who she was though or where she was from.

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Apr 17, 2011, 09:42 pm

Oh Carol.. What can I say this is absolutely disgusting, to be offered a position and then at the last call tell you nay.. And when you have given notice to your present employ.. I only wish I could advise you more..I did join a union again I got caught up with the fifgt for wage increase for PCs.. In QLD are at the of rate of aboutf $18.50. hourly rate for casual Is $22.70 an hour.. With the penalty rates... If you live in the south east of QLD .. I can try and help you out..

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Apr 17, 2011, 10:49 pm

Thanks gizgiz, i agree poor form. They told me to ring when i feel ready to do that part of the medical again. Hopefully next weeks medical goes ok and i can start at the other place. I must say its a bit frustrating how slow the recruitment process is, it was 2 weeks after the interview before i got word that they wanted me to do a medical and it was me that had to ring them trying to find out the outcome of the interview. I hope if the medical goes ok they start me fairly soon.

Im in Adelaide, i wonder if the pay rate is much different? I guess ill find out soon hopefully. Thanks for yr feedback:)

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Apr 17, 2011, 11:24 pm

Anyway love be strong, You know now what to expect.. Some may perform medicals differently. As I mentioned in previous posts I have made.. Good luck..

carol

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