Taking the Plunge
I recently made a decision to attend the HCA program at Selkirk College. Around six months prior to sending in an application I decided that my path needed to change, realizing I wanted to help others I pursued an interest in health care. My application time running short I quickly submitted all the necessary paperwork. To my surprise a couple weeks later I received an acceptance letter from the college, I got to work finding the funding and preparing for my CRT (College Readiness Tool). I would be a student again after 13 years.
Transition to College Life
In the months that follow I buried my nose to the books, relearning how to study. It took a bit of elbow grease but slowly with the help of my teachers, I became efficient and organized. The HCA course taught me a lot about who I was and what was expected out of me as a healthcare professional. Learning about self care, emotional stability, and how to present ourselves professionally in the workplace. The teachers provided us with their insight as fellow health care professionals, aching the importance of empathy towards our clientele. I credit my success to the positive atmosphere amongst faculty at Selkirk.
Finding a Valued Career
I have been a registered care aide for 8 months now, I work in long term care as well as some home support. I love my job, it is both challenging and rewarding, every person I care for is unique. The skill set that I practice contributes to my overall wellbeing, it will benefit me in my next pursuit; becoming a registered nurse. The HCA course teaches skills in organization, basic care techniques, compassion, and an understanding of those suffering from degenerative disease. I was blind to this suffering when I first entered the school doors. Leaving with a sense of compassion for my fellow humans; regardless of the troubles life throws at us. This view will contribute to my future as a nurse. the qualities learned will resonate in my practice, hopefully inspiring others to realize the compassion within themselves.