Sharon - Dietetic Assistant
Why did I choose to become a Dietetic Assistant? I wanted a new challenge and rewarding career.
My previous role couldn't have been more different from my current. I have always felt a strong pull, towards working in a hospital environment all of my life.
I used to be a primary school teaching assistant and was in my role for over 14 years. To prepare for my future role, I decided to complete my Nutrition and Health course, and Health and Social Sector course and started to volunteer at Bolton hospital around 4 years ago. This helped to develop my experience and boost my desire, to be able to succeed in gaining a valuable role as a dietetics assistant.
I have been in my role for two years and I learn new subjects every day, and I have never looked back.
My role involves advising patients in the hospital, who require nutritional support and guidance to meet the dietary needs of individual patients. I also assist dietitians with their referrals, help with triage, and liaise with other hospitals, patients, and family members. My role also includes keeping patients' records accurate and up to date.
The best part about being a dietetics assistant is helping patients recover from an illness, injury, or an operation, and knowing my help and support have contributed to aiding their recovery. I find it very rewarding and a privilege.
My favourite part of the role is definitely working in the hospital wards, within a ward environment, I love the hustle and bustle, and enjoy meeting new patients and staff. I really am a people person and this is where my personality can shine.
Why should you be a Dietetic Assistant?
If you are looking for a role where you enjoy working in a wonderful and supportive team, love caring for patients, and enjoy a rewarding and interesting job, then this is certainly the role for you.