Management placement

Gillian Bandaranaike

Faculty: Health, Social Care & Education
Department: School of Nursing and Midwifery
Course: BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
Category: Nursing and midwifery

17 November 2013

After two and a half years I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.  However, before I come to the end I have two more assignment to write; one being my dissertation and the other being a 3000 word assignment on my innovative idea for the ward I am working on.

I also have one more placement left, which is my management placement.  This is where you bring all of your knowledge and skills from your previous placements together and show just what a great nurse you are going to be.

I am lucky as I have a great management placement on a surgical ward.  I have two mentors, one mentor who will oversee me on a daily basis and a second mentor who will be my sign off mentor.  The sign off mentor will oversee your mentor, but will ultimately be the person who signs you off at the end of the placement to become a confident and qualified nurse.

I am always nervous when I start my first shift, but as usual did not need to be, as the team on my ward are all fab, friendly and supportive.  I was really thrown in at the deep end on my week, doing medication rounds, running the ward (with the support of my mentor), co-ordinating the ward (liaising with the other nurses, doctors, consultants and duty manager) and lots lots more.

After my first three weeks I have come away feeling so much more confident within myself and know I am going to love being a qualified nurse.

You need to enjoy your management placement, be confident, but never be afraid to ask questions or say if you are not sure of anything.  Another 10 weeks to go and I know I will only go from strength to strength with the support of the team I am working with.
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