3 February 2014
When you finally get to your management placement you think: 'This is it the last one before I become a qualified nurse'; but this placement is probably one of the most challenging you will have.
I have a really great placement, a nice surgical ward with a great team of healthcare professionals who are not only supportive to each other, but supportive of myself.
My mentor has turned things around and I have become the nurse and she has become the student. Whilst she is still accountable and I am still responsible, she is preparing me for the day when I get my pin number through.
Through supervision with my mentor and sign-off mentor I have my own group of patients each shift, preparing paperwork, monitoring, advising doctors if any problems arise, attending ward rounds and preparing handover. I have also been co-ordinating my ward, liaising with capacity and the duty manager to advise of any discharges and preparing for new admissions. As we link closely with theatres, I will also receive patients from theatre in readiness to hand over to the nurse who will be caring for them.
Still a few more weeks to go, but I’m really loving it. You really need to embrace your management placement and learn as much as possible from your mentor and the team, as the next time you put on a uniform it will be white not grey.