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Nicole Irvine

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  • Nicole Irvine
  • Nursing Assistant, Park Manor Care Home, Dunmurry

What attracted you to become a Nursing Assistant?

I studied Health & Social Care during my time at college. I had to go on various placements in different settings.  One of the settings was elderly so this meant I had to choose a nursing home.  I spent 2 weeks on my new placement and I knew this was what I would love to do.  I met some amazing people during this time, and witnessed how hard the job can be and how dedicated all of the care assistants were to the resident’s needs.  When I was 17 I applied for the job and here I am nearly two years later still in love with my job and the residents I care for. 

What do you enjoy most about your role?

What I enjoy most about my role is that no day is the same. My main role as a care assistant is to provide support to a person in need of care and seeing that change resident’s lives by simply doing day to day tasks is what I really enjoy.

As a nursing assistant, I am able to meet different people from different backgrounds. I enjoy getting to know each resident and their family members as I feel it creates a great relationship between you and each resident.

Tell us about your most memorable moment in your role.

The most memorable moment was in fact the other day. Our residents love listening to music so myself and one of my seniors thought it would be a great idea to do a dance class.  As soon as the music started and we started clapping and singing, everyone joined in.  You could see each and every resident’s face light up with laughter and it was an amazing feeling just to see everyone enjoying themselves.

How do you see your career developing as a Nursing Assistant?

At this moment, I am more than happy to stay as a Nursing Assistant as I love what I do. I don’t have the urge to move on just yet but maybe in a few years’ time.  My granny is a Nursing Assistant and has been for over 30 years.  When my father became ill, each day she looked after him, bathed him, helped him out with anything he needed and I could really see how much my dad appreciated and loved her for doing all of that.  Seeing the difference I make to a person’s day is the ultimate reward and at the minute I don’t want to change or develop my career.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career as a Nursing Assistant?

For someone who is considering a career as a Nursing Assistant, I would tell them that they will really be making a difference in a person’s life. Some days can be tough and some days I go home and think that I could’ve done more that day and it does really get to you.  Meeting each resident, making them smile and laugh and feel comfortable is an amazing feeling.  It can be a difficult change for a person moving into a home, especially when coming into a different environment surrounded by strangers.  It’s nice to be able to make change easier for that person and to make them feel welcomed and comfortable as this will be where they will be living from now on. I strongly advise anyone who is considering a career as a Nursing Assistant to go and pursue it as this is an incredible profession.

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