The final rotation of my graduate year of nursing continued in the medical ward (Gabo) at BRHS. The ward had moved into the new section of the hospital, however continued to work amongst builders and trades that are still renovating the old section of the hospital. This in itself was a challenge due to lack of space, not being able to find where things were put and not to mention the noise and dust etc.
By the end of this six month rotation I felt like I was one of the team not only with the other nurses, but also with the doctors, Allied Health staff, and clerical and management teams. It was a very busy time leading up to Christmas and nearly every shift I worked we were either at capacity or over capacity. This was a very stressful time however I felt that the skills I had learned over the year allowed me to deal with the stress.
I was rostered on to work both Christmas and Boxing days which was ok. My family and I had created our own Christmas and Boxing day celebrations on the 23rd and 24th of December. It did not bother me much working at that time of the year, although it was very quiet in comparison to the rest of December.
In mid-December I was told I was successful in my application for a Transition year at BRHS. This is another 12 month supported year contact that allows me to work in the specialty area of Oncology. I have fixed shifts of two days a week working in oncology, and I also have a smaller contract to work in the Flanagan ward (rehabilitation) one shift a week. Working just three days a week is perfect for my work-life balance, but I also have the option to pick up more shifts and hours if needed.
I decided to apply for the Oncology speciality even though palliative care nursing is still the area of nursing that I wish to work. Many of the patients that are receiving chemotherapies are on palliative chemotherapy, therefore I believe I am widening my skills and knowledge base. I have just completed two shifts in Oncology just this week and I have found it to be very overwhelming, however the staff and management are very supportive and I am confident that I will thoroughly enjoy my next 12 months.
I would again like to take the opportunity to thank Rotary Sale for offering this scholarship. Receiving this scholarship has eased the financial burden of continual study throughout my graduate year. On the two occasions that I attended the Rotary meetings in Sale I felt very welcomed and met some great members of my community.