👩🏼⚕️ Placement 🏥
So far in finishing the first year of my bachelor I have completed two placements. I think having these experiences are extremely important for the outcome of your nursing career and attitude! Remember to go outside of your interests because nursing especially is so diverse!
🏥Rehab/ Palliative Care💉; for my first ever placement I was in a hospital working in a ward of approximately 30 patients, a mix between rehab (post surgery) and palliative patients. This experience was a mixed basket but nonetheless a good starting point. While my main passion is children I was quite worried about the amount of geriatric patients I was confronted with (all of them) however I enjoyed my time there, so much I cried when I left my patients 😩. Experiencing death this early on was a shock and watching people deteriorate was difficult but the nurses who work these jobs are extremely resilient and I have all respect for them. Although my passion wasn’t there it educated me into the different patients, routines, outcomes and environments each ward can have. -
🏢Residential Aged Care👴🏼; this was my last placement of my first year and in all honesty I couldn’t think of anything worse before starting it. Aged care in Australia is currently under investigation for below standard care across many areas so I was worried to be in the environment. Aged care in a nutshell is hard work! I was first in a nursing assistant/ career position which was fast paced, understaffed and in all honesty hard to enjoy and maintain a happy attitude. I did appreciate meeting residents and learning communication in an alternative setting. Once I was in a Registered Nurse position I did find this more enjoyable. I completed 6 wound dressings in total, experiences some PO medication administrations, BGL’s and infection control. I do believe however RN’s in this environment do a LOT of office work (care plans!!!) while the nurse assistants/ carers do majority of hands on work.
🌼Overall I haven’t quite had a placement that I have fallen in love with however I do believe that doing these placements made me appreciate the hard work and diverse amount of work nurses can do in all scopes of care. 🌼