Great experiences on placement

Kat Prichard

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

22 October 2014

I’m studying Adult Nursing in Chelmsford, and I'm currently mid-way through my acute placement in a hospital.

I am on an acute medical ward, speciality being gastroenterology. Originally I was placed on an endocrine ward and was thrilled as I had previously studied diabetes in my previous degree and wanted to a) wow the staff with my previous knowledge; and b) gain greater experience as it could be a contender for when I qualify. I’d savvied up on my A&P and knew what to expect so I was gutted when I got moved two weeks prior to starting my placement.

But… perhaps it must have been fate as my new ward has been AMAZING! The staff, my mentor, the patients, and the opportunities have been fantastic. It is such a diverse environment: one moment the ward is content and calm then all of a sudden it’s chaos. Crash bells ringing, deteriorating patients… all invaluable experience for the enthusiastic student.

In comparison to my previous acute placement, the two disciplines (Medical and Surgical) are poles apart. Surgical is a structured,’start to finish’ discipline. However, medicine allows for physiological changes and demands a greater understanding of medications. It’s definitely not for the faint-hearted or the nurse who wants an ‘easy’ job.

While at placement we are frantically trying to finish a care-plan essay which is due in early November. It’s looming closer now we’ve hit October; I just need to knuckle down and get on with it. I find with assignments that I work better at night, or with NO distractions. Phones and iPads I can quite happily ignore, but TV or popping out to the shops because we’re low on milk and bread… anything to get me away from my laptop. So the library is the best way forward. Level 3, silent zone, headphones one… I WILL finish this essay.

Wish me luck on my row of night shifts. For someone who likes their sleep this may take a bit of getting used to.

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