My last ever placement for my nursing degree, I was in at Bairnsdale Regional Hospital (BRH) throughout my 6 weeks at BRH I was rotated through theatre, Short Stay Unit (SSU) and High dependency unit (HDU), spending 2 weeks in each setting. The knowledge I gained during my final 6 weeks as a student nurse, was amazing and I am so grateful for my time I received on each of these departments.
I was very nervous at the beginning of my placement as I was going into 3 different places where I’d have to quickly adapt and learn a wide range of skill mix, however I have had experience as an Enrolled Nurse for 2.5 years at a similar rural hospital. I believe that my past experience helped give me my basic nursing skills such as communication, advocating for my patients and working with multidisciplinary teams.
I am very grateful I for my placement as I was paired with amazing preceptors along my 6 weeks, I found I have taken something from each one individually. My first few days in each department was definitely challenging as I had to meet new staff and learn a new process, I was fortunate enough with my background experience to easily adapt and try my hardest to show initiative.
I was lucky enough to see a whole range of things, in theatre I received really great feedback, I had some stressful days where I worked alongside the highly trained Doctors and nurses where I felt I had to try my best to impress.
SSU was where I spent my second 2 weeks of placement and I found I picked up the routine and caught the hang of things within the first 2 days, once again I received great feedback from all my preceptors.
Lastly, I spent my final 2 weeks in HDU which was a place I had not worked yet, and it was very interesting looking after some very unwell patients and being exposed to different sorts of medications. Overall, I had a great experience at BRH and really enjoyed my final placement, I really hope to casually work at BRH in the future.
I am now in my first week of my graduate year at Central Gippsland Health, currently working in Critical Care unit, I believe I was very fortunate with my placement as it all links into the department I am in now.