5 Reasons Why HCAs are Essential to the Healthcare Industry 

We all know how important the role of a Nurse or Doctor plays in the healthcare industry, but unfortunately all too often the role of a Health Care Assistant (HCA) is overlooked. Health Care Assistants aid, support and direct personal care to patients and residents in a variety of institutional settings, such as hospitals, clinics and nursing homes. It is a role which requires a lot of knowledge, energy, and compassion.

In Ireland, hospitals are constantly in need of reliable Health Care Assistants, making it one of the most in-demand roles in 2022. As an HCA, your services will be highly valued by a variety of medical organisations in Ireland, and you will often be working alongside other healthcare professionals. While your duties may vary, you will always be a vital part of the hospital team.

The past few years have shown, more than ever, that healthcare workers are a vital part of our society and will always remain so. Although it can be a challenging profession, the rewards will make it worthwhile.

Why HCAs are so essential:

  1. They spend a majority of their time with patients – When you are visiting a family member or loved one in a hospital or healthcare setting, the person that will likely spend most time with the patient is a HCA. They are there to look after their patients, and make your stay more comfortable whilst you are in the hospital. They also act as an important support role for families and loved ones.
  1. They do important day-to-day tasks – Whether you are in a hospital, care or nursing home, patients will need to receive person centered care. Looking after one's daily needs is an important part of the role of an HCA. These tasks offer valuable experience for those beginning their career within the healthcare sector, and allow you to understand your role very well.  
  1. They form important relationships – A stated before, HCAs will spend a majority of their time with their patients and are therefore more likely to form valuable relationships with them. Unfortunately, this can be both positive and negative for the HCA, and is one of the more difficult aspects of the job. Overall, these relationships make the patients feel more comfortable, and know they are safe and being looked after. It is also important to make your patients feel at ease by discussing topics that they are particularly interested in, even small talk can help alleviate their loneliness.
  1. They are there in a time of need – If a patient wakes up in the middle of the night quite uncomfortable, unable to move or has suffered an accident, the role of the HCA is to tend to their patient's needs. The HCA will often be the first point of contact for patients, and another reason why relationship building is so important. It is also important for the patients family to know their loved one is in safe hands.
  1. They learn patients' individual needs – HCAs often learn the needs of individual patients and are therefore able to provide person centered care. Maybe one person is only able to drink water, compared to another who has a fear of needles. These are issues that HCA's will come to learn on a personal one-to-one basis, and often try to accommodate as best they can. 

How to become a Health Care Assistant in Ireland?

If you would like to start your journey of becoming a qualified Health Care Assistant - then Dorset College Dublin is here to help you! Our Health Care Support and Nursing Studies programmes equip our learners with all the knowledge, skills, and competence to work in a wide range of sectors throughout the healthcare industry. You will experience a friendly student-centered learning environment with industry professionals to support, mentor and guide you.

In terms of career progression and employability, healthcare stands out above many other professions. Healthcare remains one of the best career options in terms of both current job prospects and future industry growth.

If you would like more information about any of our healthcare courses, or where to start on your HCA journey, please email [email protected] to speak with a Sales Advisor.

The Road to Kerry (Student Diary)

Danaé Danycan was a Semester Abroad learner over from Epita, one of Dorset College Dublin’s partner schools, who spent time studying in Ireland. To make the most of her Irish experience, Danaé and three friends decided to leave behind the bustling City Centre for a long weekend to discover another beautiful part of Ireland – the county of Kerry. This is how their trip went...  

Thursday:  

We took to the road at 11 am as it is only a three-hour drive between Dublin and Tralee, in Kerry, where we have reserved our Airbnb for our trip. We took a break in Cashel to visit The Rock of Cashel and have a walk in this lovely city. 

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Arrived in Kerry!
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Friday:  

We began our journey on the road to Valentia Island, this is where we saw beautiful landscapes with great cliffs. Our destination was Valentia Island and port where we tried to see Valentia's cliffs. Unfortunately, it was very rainy so we didn't see anything.

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Saturday: 

Our destination of the day was Killarney. There are so many great things to do in this place. We chose to visit Ross Castle and have a walk in the park before going to Killarney's national park to see Muckross Abbey. It was a very nice and mysterious place where there wasn’t anybody and it's possible to go into the Abbey and climb the stairs.  

After that we went to see Torc Waterfall and we drove on beautiful roads to come back to Tralee. 

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Always exploring!

Sunday:  

We had to return to Dublin on Sunday as we had our classes on Monday morning. On the way we took the time to go to Limerick and visit Bunratty Castle and the lovely reconstituted village. 

Over the four days of our trip, we had paid €100 per person overall for the house, food, car and entrance fees, which we felt was very resonable.

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Money Jar Partnership with Dorset College Dublin

Dorset College Dublin are proud to announce a partnership with Money Jar, the 100% Irish owned alternative to a banking current account. Money Jar is your digital current account which provides an Irish IBAN (International Bank Account Number) with every account. Through the Money Jar app, Dorset College learners will get an Irish digital current account to help manage your money hassle-free and avoid any financial surprises. 

Money Jar is a safe, secure, and simple to use Digital Current Account for day-to-day banking requirements. The app comes with Mastercard and supports both Apple and Google pay. Dorset College Dublin students can open a Money Jar account today without any fees for 6 months. International students can open an account with Money Jar and obtain an Irish IBAN, allowing you to pay bills, send and receive money from other accounts, make mobile and online payments and improve money management. Within minutes, students will receive their Irish IBAN number by providing an Irish address. Unlike Revolut, Money Jar can be used to prove the money request for Visa purposes.  

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For Dorset College students to set up their Money Jar account, all you need is a government approved identification document (from any country), an Irish postal address (temporary accommodation, hotel, hostel etc.) and you will have your digital current account. Students can also take advantage of Money Jar’s other features such as Irish IBAN compatibility with all payroll systems, bank to bank transfers, direct debits and much more.  

Dorset College Dublin are looking forward to collaborating with Money Jar in the future to ensure all students are in safe hands when it comes to their banking needs.  

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For more information on the fantastic benefits of Money Jar & how you can get 6 months with no fees, please email the Student Experience Lead, [email protected]

Dublin One Hotel Opening

On the corner of Dorset Street and North Circular Road, Dublin One is a recently opened hotel and creative hub designed for creative minds and social spirits. Dorset College were kindly invited to the official opening of Dublin One, with many local businesses and community groups joining this exciting event, coming out to show support for our new neighbours.  

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Guest were greeted by Mark, the Assistant Manager, who kindly offered to show the different type of rooms available in the hotel and gave our group the background as to why they chose this area to set up the hotel. Dublin One is located on a bustling street lined with restaurants and shops and is only a ten minute walk from Croke Park stadium, making it the perfect spot for a pre-concert meal or a comfortable bed for the night.  

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The hotel boasts stylish rooms with modern ensuite bathrooms, smart TV’s, Wi-Fi, a contemporary restaurant/bar, café and courtyard. Just next door is the Big Tree, one of the oldest pubs in the city of Dublin, where you can experience homemade meals or traditional Irish music.

Dublin One continues to be a great asset to Dorset Street and to the learners of Dorset College. They regularly have job postings for part-time positions, perfectly suited for students and their busy schedules. Being a five minute walk from the college and surrounded by various modes of public transport, these roles are ideal to work around the lifestyle of Dorset College students. 

  

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To find out more about Dublin One Hotel & to visit their careers section, follow the link below: https://dublinonehotel.com/

Hello, How R U? - Mental Health Campaign

Mental Health Campaign 

Mental health Ireland held their ‘Hello, How R U?’ campaign on Thursday, the 7th of April 2022. Hello, How Are You? is a mental health promotion campaign which supports people to confidently connect with others and to have open conversations about mental health and wellbeing. This campaign also supports empowerment through the provision of reliable information of mental Health services in Ireland, and signpost helpful resources for those seeking help.  

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Campaign Logo

The aim of this campaign is to tackle the lack of connection or belonging that many people experience by inspiring individuals to ask how others are feeling. This invites people to open conversations, listen and encourage action to help those who may need it.  

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The five steps of H.E.L.L.O

Dorset College ran a coffee morning in conjunction with the Hello, How R U campaign giving learners the opportunity to meet with one another to create a safe space and encourage conversations and active listening. The tables in the canteen were decorated with cakes, biscuits, treats, and posters explaining the Hello, How R U campaign to highlight the importance of mental health and wellbeing.  

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Campaign set-up
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Events such as the Hello, How R U campaign are a reminder of the importance of talking to one another and connecting in a genuine manner. With learners back in the college again, now is a better time than ever to sit down, chat and engage in thoughtful conversations. It was great to see students from various countries and cultures actively listening to one another and openly discussing issues surrounding mental health, in both Ireland and abroad.  

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Dublin City Clean Up

On Wednesday 1st of December, our Dublin City Clean Up event took place. This was an initiative organised by the Dorset College Wellbeing Ambassadors who were keen to get more environmentally conscious. We reached out to Dublin City Council, who provided all the clean-up equipment to help support this event.

Although the weather is getting colder and the evenings are shorter, the team turned up and picked up all the discarded litter surrounding Mountjoy Square. This is such a worthwhile activity for all to take part in as it is a stark reminder that we need to start treating the earth a lot better.

At Dorset College, we see the importance of these kinds of activities, as it is a great way to create awareness in our area for future waste-reducing efforts. A cleanup can also bring about a sense of community and responsibility to keep our city and neighbourhood safe and clean.

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