Working In Health and Social Care
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Working In Health and Social Care A - Introduction For this assignment I have been asked to research two contrasting job roles. The two roles I have chosen to research are an Accident and Emergency Children's Nurse and an Occupational Therapist. I chose to research these as I would like to work in A+E nursing once I'm qualified and I thought it would be good to get a valuable insight to how this type of ward operates. With the Occupational Therapist I was interested to research this to find out more about it as it's not an everyday job you hear about on the news, whereas nursing is. A+E Children's Nurse This branch does not just involve nursing what people might think are "miniature adults". Children have needs different from most adults and as they are children, they have different ways of letting someone know what is wrong with them. Sector A+E nurses usually work within the statutory sector and may sometimes work in the private sector, but the majority work in the public sector. They are employed by the NHS who are funded by the taxpayer and managed by the Government. The NHS is the responsibility of the Department of Health which provides health services for the public through the NHS. http://www.nhs.uk/England/AboutTheNhs/History/Default.cmsx Role of an A+E Children's Nurse To be successful in this role it is important to have various skills that will enable a nurse to face challenges that need key elements such as family care and support. As an A+E children's nurse, most of the time the nurse will be dealing with distressed children and their relatives. This means there are going to be special demands that the nurse will have to exceed. The ability to interpret behaviour and reactions from young children is going to be a key factor in delivering effective care for patients. Because there will be many distressed parents on an A+E ward, it is important that the nurse shows intuition and immense reassuring abilities.
* attending multidisciplinary case conferences to plan and review ongoing treatment; * organising support and rehabilitation groups for carers and clients; * training students and supervising the work of occupational therapy assistants; * managing your own caseload and prioritising needs; * completing client and patient records, budgetary records, equipment reviews and other administrative tasks. Because of the strong person-centred approach and the broad range of service users, occupational therapy offers an extremely wide variety of potential work activities. The key functions of assessment, treatment and review, however, are always central to the role. In broad terms, the interventions supported by OTs may cover: * everyday activities, such as washing, preparing and eating meals, shopping or transport; * the use of equipment or adaptations to help with daily living or getting around inside and outside the home; * leisure and social activities; * coping skills, such as relaxation techniques, assertiveness or positive thinking; * social skills in dealing with others; * work and study skills. Examples of typical service users include: * people suffering from a physical condition (eg, stroke or heart disease); * people recovering from operations or other hospital treatments (eg, hip replacements or burns); * a wide variety of physically disabled people (eg, wheelchair users or people who have suffered head injuries); * people suffering from mental health problems (eg, anxiety, schizophrenia); * people with learning disabilities who have difficulties with activities (eg, handling money or relating to other people); * substance abusers who have difficulty controlling their own behaviour. http://www.prospects.ac.uk/cms/ShowPage/Home_page/Explore_types_of_jobs/Types_of_Job/p!eipaL?state=showocc&idno=114&pageno=1 Status Some people see occupational therapists as pointless. I believe that they have a very low public approval. Some people think that they are just there to teach people how to live, and to people who don't know much about the job occupational therapists are looked on lower than nurses. Newly qualified OTs and nurses both start on the same pay band and range therefore not making them any better or worse than each other.
Although a nurse may carry some autonomy, professions which work alone are likely to be more autonomous. Working as an OT might be very lonely. Working as a single unit without many colleagues round might be good for someone who likes to do things alone and not in a team. OTs are able to build trusting relationships with the clients as they see them on a one to one basis regularly. Nurses on the other hand, especially in the A+E department, treat a patient and then they are moved to another ward, next patient gets treated and so on. They can only really form relationships with other members of staff as they are the people they see the most. Subsection 2 Because I am responsible, hard working and caring I believe that I am more suited to a nursing role. Although I don't think that I would be suited to work with children as I prefer to work with adults and elderly people. I don't think that a job as an occupational therapist would suit me as it wouldn't fulfil my need for social contact. I think am a very out going and lively individual that loves to have people round her all the time. It is quite likely that after my A-Levels I will study adult nursing at degree level as I feel that I have much to give within the nursing profession. I am considerate of the needs of others and I am sympathetic and empathetic when I need to be. I also have excellent communication skills. I want to meet many different people from different places and I think if I was to work as an OT this would bore me because of the lack of social contact. I am a fair team leader and given the chance to lead a team within the nursing profession I think I would strive for the autonomy and level of responsibility I will receive. I enjoy reading the Nursing Times to keep up with the nursing news and also enjoy watching documentaries on healthcare. ?? ?? ?? ?? Leanne Ho 1
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