The last six months has gone in the blink of an eye. I have now finished up my rotation on Gabo Ward (Medical) and have begun my first week on Rotamah Ward (Palliative, Paediatric, Maternity and Medical).
I was sad to say goodbye to everyone on Gabo ward, they were a great bunch of people to work with, I learnt so much, I feel I am beginning to fine tune some of my skills, I feel my time management and patient care has greatly improved over the last 6 months. I owe that to a lot of hard work but also to the amazing support, encouragement and advice I received from my work colleagues.
Gabo ward was hectic and busy, the acuity of patients was high and I was forced to think on my feet, I had encountered some very unique experiences that I feel has made me a better nurse. Towards the end of my rotation there were a few Palliative patients that I cared for which I believe will only help me coming into my new 6 month rotation.
My first impressions on Rotamah are of calmness, the nursing staff have all made me feel very welcome.
I am really looking forward to learning more and gaining a better understanding of the dying process with the palliative patients, but more importantly ensuring their remaining days are pain free and as comfortable as possible.
Alongside that working with the paediatric patients I feel will be a very rewarding and challenging. I am excited to gain these extra skills and knowledge. I feel that developing my assessment skills with the paediatric patients will help me in all aspects of my nursing.
Overall I am looking forward to this next rotation, I go into it with new energy, I know I will gain different knowledge and experiences and I welcome that with open arms. I plan to make the very most of these next 6 months.