Will my poor mopping skills hold me back?
July 25, 2012 12:01 PM Subscribe
How can I best interpret the feedback I'm getting in a veterinary work experience placement?
posted by Perodicticus potto to Work & Money (11 answers total)
In December, I will complete a qualification in animal care. During the summer break, I've been doing unpaid work experience for three days a week in a vet's surgery. I've been doing this partly to help me decide whether to pursue an apprenticeship in veterinary nursing after my course finishes.
In general, I'm really enjoying my placement. In addition to helping with day-to-day maintenance, I've been able to assist the vets during examinations, and even to perform minor tasks in the operating theatre. The vets seem to like me, and one of them even told me I would make a good nurse, which made my day.
But the actual nurses don't seem to be as keen on my work, and I suspect that their opinion may be more relevant. In particular, they seem to be unhappy with the way I clean. We vacuum and wash the floor every afternoon before lunch, and at first I was doing it in more or less the same way I would at home (I'm a mature student, so I'm not new to housekeeping). The head nurse mentioned that I was not vacuuming corners and crevices thoroughly enough, so I started taking extra care. Then she said I needed to get the job done faster, so I've been trying to do that. Then today, I asked another of the senior nurses if she wanted me to help mop, and she said, "No, you always get the floor too wet."
I feel quite bad about this. I've been in the placement for exactly a month, and am concerned that despite my efforts, I'm still not cleaning to the nurses' satisfaction. Does every aspiring VN take a while to learn to do it properly, or am I just housekeeping-impaired? How big a barrier would this be to my success in nursing or another veterinary profession? Besides keeping on with practice, is there anything more I can do to improve my skills? Or should I look into jobs where cleaning isn't as important?