I Worked As a Home Health Aide and Did Very Well
I credit my experience as a home health aide in helping me to get grounded in the fundamentals of math, science and other health related technologies I needed to know to expand my career in the health industry. I started out with minimal training and would go into homes to assess and report on a patient’s condition while offering assistive help in the tasks of daily living. I would do everything from helping with personal hygiene to making lunch.
I always tried to do a little extra. To some, the elderly seem demanding. I just saw people in need with no one to really help them. I understood when an elderly woman that could have been my grandmother would ask me to do a chore not specific to my job title. I will fondly remember those days as a home health worker no matter how far I go in medicine. My interest in the health sciences was piqued because of what I saw in the field when going out to help people at home who had various physical disabilities and health conditions.
While I worked as a health aide home worker, I began to focus my education on getting a nursing degree. I did not have the resources to pursue an MD though I really would have liked to. I am glad that all of these opportunities were opened up to me when I applied for a course to become a home health aide. I actually did it on a whim when I became dissatisfied with the job I had. I am so glad that I decided to take that training. It showed me that I was capable of entering the health care field without having to become a doctor. I have the career I wanted now and earn good money with great benefits. I made good money as a health aide and used it to pay my way to higher education.