When I was allocated to Central Gippsland Health for my final 6 week placement I was extremely excited, I had already completed placements there in the Medical ward and the Womens & Childrens ward. It wasn’t until a few weeks before I was to start that I was sent my allocation for where I was to be spending the 6 weeks, and I was allocated to the Emergency Department.
I had mixed feelings of working in the ED, I was extremely nervous but was also very excited to see and experience some new things. I was so used to working on a ward and used to the structure of the wards, like planning your patient’s medication times, shower times, vital signs etc. so being in the ED was going to be extremely new and different. I was nervous to learn the different types of documentation and medications that went along with ED.
Once I actually got started and got used to the structure, I started to really enjoy it. I enjoyed the documentation and was involved in scribing in MET calls and Code Blue situations, which was amazing to experience. I involved myself as much as I could in as many procedures as I could and picked the brains of the nurses to learn and gain as much as I could from the experience, especially with things such as venepuncture, ECG placement and interpretation which I hadn’t previously been exposed to on previous placements.
I never seen myself as being an ED nurse, I have always wanted to be a paediatric nurse or NICO nurse, but since completing this placement I am now considering completing a post graduate course in ED in the future. I learnt so much from the clinical educators and nurses in the department and was treated like part of the team. Being in a rural hospital I think made things a lot easier to connect to the nurses and become familiar with the department, as there is less staff in the department, and it is smaller than non-rural hospitals.
The final semester of university is a bit of a blur, it went so quickly and all of a sudden, we are qualified registered nurses. We had a few weeks of classes and a couple of assignments. However, the hardest part was actually preparing our graduate year applications, applying for jobs and interviewing at hospitals. This experience was extremely nerve wracking for me but I believe that I prepared myself well and I got my first preference for my graduate year, at Central Gippsland Health.
I am extremely excited to be starting at Central Gippsland Health and to see what is in store for me during my first year as a registered nurse. My first rotation is Theatre, which similar to ED, is something that I have not experienced and am nervous to do. But it will be a great learning curve and I cannot wait to learn new skills that will help with my career.