Do you want to know how to become a nurse aide in Zimbabwe? Are you one of the people who have a passion to be in the medical field but you don’t have the starting point?
HOW TO BECOME A NURSE AIDE IN ZIMBABWE – AN INTRODUCTION
Probably you have no O’ Level subject passed? Probably you passed O’ Level but you have been seeking for a nursing place with failure? Maybe you are a school leaver and out of ideas. Here are some tips on what to do to become someone. Your journey begins today.
WHO IS A NURSE AIDE
A nurse aide is a trained person who takes care of the sick. In hospitals, private surgeries as well as dental practices a nurse aide is the one who assists doctors and nurses in taking care of the patient. A nurse aide can also referred to as a caregiver.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS OF BECOMING A NURSE AIDE
Firstly you prepare yourself inside remember you will be dealing with human lives which is essential, nursing is like pastoring it is more of a calling than a job.
When you feel that you want to be involved in helping others considering the main aim of assisting the sick to get better and be able to perform activities of daily living.
Secondly, you have to select the training centre which you want to go to. Training centres differ depending on location, how big is the institution, what is in the module (learning materials and equipment available) and the chances for getting a job quickly after training (exposure).
So you also have to consider the factors mentioned above before you select a training centre. Above all the training fee is not the same you have to look around and compare prices if you do not have enough money. Be economic and also make a wise decision.
Thirdly you get enrolled and start your training, you will start with the theory where you will be in the class with a teacher in front, the theory part takes from weeks to months depending with the institution.
Some centres require you to learn for 3 weeks depending on the module, others require you to be in class for six weeks.
With technology now, some institutions have moved to online teaching, where you get enrolled and have your learning materials while you are at home. You will write an examination at the end of the training.
Don’t worry the exams are not difficult, nobody fails, you only need to read and understand the module.
Now you will be required to go for a clinical attachment. The training centre will provide attachment place but if you have somewhere you wish to go you are also allowed.
Attachments are done at hospitals, clinics, homes. You will spend three months doing attachment.
Graduation is the last process. After completing your attachment and the sister in-charge recommend that you now qualify to work with patients, you then graduate and get your certificate from your training centre. You are good to go.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME A NURSE AIDE
You need to have a national identity card
Be able to read and write
Be the age of sixteen and above
WHERE DO I WORK AS A NURSE AIDE
Hospitals- (private hospitals e.g Avenues, Trauma Centre, government hospitals e.g Parirenyatwa, Harare Hospital)
Clinics- ( private clinics, council/City clinics)
Homes- Old people’s homes, homes for the disabled, children’s homes
Personal homes – You can work at an individual’s home taking care of home-based care patients, palliative care patients.
Private Surgeries- You can work at doctor’s surgeries/rooms
ARE JOBS FOR NURSE AIDES EASILY AVAILABLE
Jobs are always available. Some training centres they even offer you a job. Some they do not offer jobs then you will need to look for a job on your own however it is not difficult, I will give you tips on how to get yourself connected in the next article.
You also have to look for adverts on social media and newspapers. You can also join agencies to make it easier.
WHAT ARE MY DUTIES AS A NURSE AIDE
As a nurse aide you have do’s and don’ts;
Up assisted bath.
Offering bedpans and urinals.
Feeding of patients.
Monitor intake of medication.
Perform an operation.