The last major placement that I completed while at university was a block of four weeks in Sale emergency department. Within this four weeks I learnt a lot about teamwork and how everyone works together in a crisis. It was also a great department to help with time management skills, prioritising patients and primary health assessments. They also helped me with the interpretation of ECG and the management of airways during the use of an airvio. By the end of my first week I was taking a patient load of 3 and also assisting other nurses if they need any help.
I remember the first shift on the floor of the emergency department, started with a code grey trauma, a code grey is a security response to which there may be potentially have aggression by a patient. Most of the medical staff where helping and there was a lot of people everywhere, so I watched how they all helped and calmed the patient down, after a while I went to see if I could help with the other patients on the ward any way I could. At the end of the shift I had debrief with my preceptor and talked about how they calmed the patient and what strategy’s where in place to help him on the ward. What a crazy first day I thought.
I was a scribe for many MET calls (Medical Emergency Team), which meant I would document what was happening when the MET Team arrived and in a lot of detail. This meant written every vital sign, every drug they were giving the patient, at what time and how much. Making sure the I was asking them what they were doing so I could write it all down. It was very stressful and very full on to get everything down. Also making sure who was there at the time of the met call.
This last placement was also when I found out my graduate year was going to be at the Central Gippsland hospital. On that day I remember I was nervous the whole morning of that shift waiting for the news that I had a graduate position, I still remember 10/10/17 at 10am was when we all found out if we had a grad year. I went a little earlier at 9:30 ish to check online and that when I found out I had one, for the rest of the shift I couldn’t concentrate I was that excited that I had a job for next year and a new career was going to start.