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Inspired by Downton Abbey to Take Healthcare Training? 2 Jobs for the Modern Lady Sybil

12 MAR 2012
Career Path : Healthcare

There is a new phenomenon at my local video store that could bode well for the future of healthcare training. It is called, “Is my volume of Downton Abbey in the return pile, perchance?”

It seems that the whole world has fallen in love with this British ensemble drama set on a lavish country estate beginning in 1912, the day after the Titanic sinks.

“Do you have Season 2, Disc 2?”

“Season 1, Disc 3?”

But what does this have to do with healthcare training?

Downton Abbey has influenced the fashion world, bringing broderie anglaise, florals, and elaborate beading back onto the runways. But it may have had another effect as well: inspiring a new generation of young people to pursue healthcare training.

In the second season, the country estate becomes a hospital for officers wounded in World War I. Motivated by a desire to feel truly useful for the first time in her life, Lord Grantham’s idealistic youngest daughter, Lady Sybil, seeks permission to pursue healthcare training.

She becomes a nurse in the span of two short months. Whereas healthcare training is not quite so quick today, it is still possible to train for a satisfying career within a year or two. Two careers of potential interest to today’s Lady and Lord Sybils? Medical receptionist and personal support worker.

Medical Receptionist Course

Think of the graduate of a medical receptionist course as occupying the same role in a doctor’s office as Lady Grantham, Cousin Isobel and Lady Edith combined.

In a medical receptionist course, one learns what it takes to keep a medical office running smoothly:

  • answering phone calls
  • writing business letters
  • arranging beds
  • greeting new patients
  • tracking inventory
  • placing orders with suppliers
  • acting as a liaison between doctors and patients

Personal Support Worker Course

Lady Sybil is called a nurse, but a lot of her work involves helping patients with the tasks of daily living, which nowadays would be the territory of a graduate of a personal support worker course.

A personal support worker course teaches students how to:

  • transfer patients in and out of bed
  • assist patients with eating, dressing and personal hygiene
  • help patients use the toilet or commode
  • help patients take medication

Lady Sybil washes the wounded soldiers when they arrive. She changes the sheets on the cots. Can you imagine the hospital at Downton Abbey functioning without her? The role occupied then by a nurse and now by the graduate of a personal support worker course is essential to the smooth operations of a residential care facility.

We’ve all been swept up in the romance of Downton Abbey. For some of us, it may even inspire us to take healthcare training, whether a medical receptionist course or a personal support worker course.