I started nursing school just before the pandemic. I had no prior experiences from the nursing world, I had only been a patient my whole life. This summer I got a part time gig as a nursing assistant and I have learned so much!
I obviously can’t go into full detail about my job, but the one message I want to deliver is that many things can be done as an ostomate too!
I have been helping others with mobility and showering, and wore my support belt when needed. Certain tasks require more movement and I am now a bit more aware of my skills. Even though I am providing very basic care it is still rewarding.
I also chose to book an appointment with my ostomy nurse to check my stomach and ask her what type of support wear would be the best and if there is anything I should take into consideration.
Since I work in a health care setting I chose to be open about my ostomy. I think nurses and doctors will understand it. The patients/customers do not know about it, but a couple of people I work with do. Since I do not have any work experience in nursing yet I chose to tell about the ostomy advocacy I have been doing. My work might not be ostomy related, but at least I know the process of healing both physically and emotionally! To sum it up, I think they appreciate the empathy.
I only had to do one bag change at work, and it was okay. I have a bag of supplies in the locker room and took some of my IBS supplements with me. (I have IBS but my ostomy was the result of a car accident)
I also wanted to tell, that I was tested for Covid-19 about a week ago, and the results were thankfully negative. The test itself was a bit scary, but it was over in 3 seconds. Honestly the waiting game of the results was worse than the test itself.
p.s. instagram: stomazing if you want to keep up with me in between the posts!
I wanted to share my story with you in that I want to change careers and go into nursing also! I will start in January and I hope to eventually become a WOCN nurse. I live in a semirural area and we have…
Hi Johanne, Thank you so much! I am looking forward to starting school and a new career!
That's great news Richard. We have a few trainee nurses in the community here so you are in good company.
I wanted to share my story with you in that I want to change careers and go into nursing also! I will start in January and I hope to eventually become a WOCN nurse. I live in a semirural area and we have only one ostomy nurse who handles both hospitals in town. I've learned a lot about my ostomy in the past year and I want to help reassure new ostomates that life will get better after surgery. I am happy for you that you feel you are making a difference in people's lives. I want to experience that feeling also. If you ever have any stories you would like to share, please do! I would love to read them!