Clinical Placement

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The first six weeks of the nursing program has forced me to turn myself inside out and examine/analyze a lot about my way of life. It has forced me to look deeply into my communication and listening skills. I have learned many different ways to deal with situations and problems that may arise with my impersonal and Intrapersonal relationships. I’ve been trying out different skills with my roommate and trying to really understand what we do in class by actually doing it. I have always found it hard to express myself if I thought I would hurt someone or that a confrontation may arise. But I am now more aware of different ways to handle conversations so that I express myself fully ant the outcome is wondrous and successful. - author unknown…show more content…
Despite being so busy, the nursing style was still far more holistic than on my surgical placements and the involvement of the multi-disciplinary team was far more evident. Overall a very good experience indeed. General Surgery - Ward 33 (RLI) I have just finished my ten week placement here, and I'm so glad it's over! It has been my least enjoyable placement so far. The pace was so fast and the ward was very understaffed - which means of course that students get treated as dogsbodies for much of the time rather than having the time and space to really learn. Added to this was the fact that we had an important exam to study for in the midst of all this. It made for a very stressful time and I often wondered what am I doing this for. Ward 33 is a mixed gender 28 bedded ward which is always full. As soon as someone is discharged there is another patient waiting to come in. It takes both elective and emergency cases mainly for vascular surgery and bowel surgery. There was such a lot to learn, so much interesting stuff going on, but all in all the whole experience was just too stressful by far. The staff were a mixed bunch with some very highly skilled and knowledgable nurses, but some which made us feel so stupid and worthless and treated us really badly. It was as if they couldn't remember what it felt like to be a student nurse. Having
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