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Friday, 23 March 2012

Promotion

It's been a while since I last posted but everything has been business as usual with nothing much to comment on. However, I have recently had some good news. I have been promoted at work and am now a Senior Care Assistant. This means that I will be taking on a lot more responsibility and a much larger work load, but I am determined to make a good job of it and I am very much looking forward to starting in my new position. This new job means that I will have a greater responsibility for the well being of my residents, it also means that I will have staff management responsibilities including planning shifts, mentoring staffs and giving staff appraisals.

This new role is a complete change from what I have been doing at the home since I started. While I have been working at the home I have been working with nursing residents, however, this promotion means that I will be moving wards, I will now be working on an EMI ( Elderly Mentally Infirm) unit. This is a secure unit and is solely residential which means that is is overseen by Senior Care Assistants rather than by nurses as my other unit was, basically this means the buck stops with me for any issues and concerns. We do have a unit manager who is responsible for ensuring that the unit runs smoothly but she herself is only qualified to Senior Care level, so there is no nursing input on a day to day basis, although we do have access to the home's nursing staff to assist us with medical emergencies.

The residents in my care have lesser care needs but are greater in number, while I was working on the nursing  unit I was with the assistance of one other carer and a nurse responsible for the care of 7 residents, whereas while working on the EMI unit I will be in charge of a team of  carers and we are responsible for the care of 21 residents in total.

The residents on our EMI unit have a range of mental health conditions, the majority suffer from some form of dementia, primarily either Alzheimer's or vascular dementia. In addition to this we have a number of residents who suffer with other mental health conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Our residents also have a number of physical health complaints such as blindness, Parkinson's, mobility issues, continence issues, diabetes and cardiac conditions, so managing their health will be quite the challenge, but it is a challenge I feel prepared for and am ready to take on.