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Getting the hang of this thing people call nursing

The following blog is written by graduate nurse Karly Theodore.

Hi everyone…

Here I am five months into my grad year and time has flown.

For the past four months I have been on 5FN (the respiratory and renal ward) at Frankston Hospital. I will forever be grateful for the opportunities and experiences that I was involved in, the knowledge I now have and the sensational support I received from the multidisciplinary team on 5FN.

Six weeks ago, I was about to rotate to my new ward. To be honest, I didn’t want to leave as 5FN really felt like home. I was comfortable, I had made new friendships and I felt like I had finally settled into the ward. I was getting the hang of this thing people call nursing. The thought of leaving the place that felt like home and having to start all over again was daunting. Naturally, the nerves had kicked in and before I knew it, I was sitting in the handover room at Walker Ward. There I was… another new foreign environment, with new faces and a whole different ball game of nursing. Six weeks in and I have survived the beginning of my second rotation.

Walker Ward is a general medicine ward that is located at Rosebud Hospital. For those of you who are unaware, Rosebud Hospital is a smaller hospital in comparison to Frankston. This has been an interesting transition in itself. Being a part of a smaller hospital has enabled me to have the opportunity to work closely with the pharmacy staff, the medical team and the allied health staff.

One significant difference between 5FN and Walker Ward is that we can have a nurse to patient ratio of 1:5 on a morning shift or 1:6 on an afternoon shift. This was certainly challenging to say the least, as I had never had the opportunity to nurse more than four patients before. I remember thinking to myself, how am I honestly going to nurse six people?

Well, the truth is, you just do. Before you know it you start to adapt. I think one of the hardest things about nursing five or six patients is time management. Let me tell you that sometimes there are honestly never enough hours in the day. Luckily for me, the Walker Ward staff have been incredibly helpful and supportive through this transition and help is always readily available when needed. I’m looking forward to the learning opportunities the next three months will bring.

Nursing is a truly rewarding yet challenging career that comes with many emotional hardships, learning curves and some incredible opportunities. I am so grateful and proud that I am able to say “I’m a nurse”. Having the ability to have an impact on someone’s life, whether that be big or small is honestly by far the best part of my job.

I would also like to wish all the undergraduates GOOD LUCK for their upcoming interviews. I promise it isn’t as scary as you think.

Talk to you all soon 🙂