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Bronte’s adventure to becoming a nurse

Hello Everyone!

My name is Bronte and I am a graduate nurse at Peninsula Health. It is an honor to be selected to join the graduate nursing team this year and I am so excited to bring you all along my adventures as a graduate registered nurse!

Let me start by telling you all a bit about myself…

I started this journey to becoming a nurse way back in 2011. It was my first day at Monash Uni as a student nurse. I was so nervous, constantly lost and late to class and so overwhelmed! I lasted two weeks at Uni before I decided that I needed a year to work and travel.

I worked for a year and decided that I wanted to go to Uni and study music business and be a tour manager, as I am a die-hard music fan. I fast tracked my degree and worked full time in preparation for my new career in the music industry, however, life wanted to teach me some lessons and I discovered it isn’t as simple as ‘just getting a job’. The industry was competitive and unstable and as much as I tried, I couldn’t secure full-time work that I enjoyed. Back to the drawing board it was!

I proceeded to work in hospitality and in an office, travel overseas, move interstate and then move back to Melbourne. Whilst I was enjoying my time, I knew I still wanted a career doing something I love that was full of challenges, growth and different avenues. I knew the 9-5 Monday to Friday life was not for me and I wanted a career with diversity. I knew in my heart that I wanted to go back to nursing.

I was fortunate enough to fast track my nursing into a two year Master of Nursing Practice degree at Monash University. These two years were the most intense, challenging and emotional years of my life! The sleep deprivation was real, 800 hours of unpaid placement and not to mention the endless assignments! But at the end of those two years I managed to get a GLORIOUS email informing me that I secured a position at Peninsula Health. I couldn’t believe I was finally ready to start my career as a registered nurse and follow in the footsteps of my idol, my Nan!

My first week as a nurse included a 3-day orientation and then I was on my way to the ward! I have commenced my first rotation on Port Phillip Ward, an Orthopaedic/Plastic surgical ward. I was utterly terrified on my first day as I had never been to a surgical ward before. Sitting in my first handover looking like a deer in headlights, I had no idea what anyone was talking about, however the staff on PPW are amazing and included me into their team straight away, answering my one million questions for the day.

As a student I felt so confident that I could go out on my own and manage my time and get everything done in my shift, however in the real world this was so much more difficult than I anticipated. I quickly learnt that I needed to constantly ask questions, use all of the resources I have (the ward clerks and PSA’s quickly become your life support) and utilise my teams expert knowledge and experience to constantly learn, grow and become more confident.

I am now just over two weeks into being on the ward and I absolutely love it! The ward is fast-paced and has a heavy workload and I have had a shift where I felt like everything was falling apart but my fellow team members picked me up, brushed me off and supported me to come back happier and more driven for my next shift.

I can’t wait to share my experiences with you all over the next year and I hope you enjoy reading my blog.