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Bronte’s nursing journey

Nurse BronteHello Everyone,

I can’t believe it’s been four months since my last blog. I’m so excited to share with all of you what I’ve been up to! Four months ago I was just beginning on 5FS – a busy Oncology, Haematology and Acute Care of the Elderly ward. This ward was so emotionally and mentally challenging and threw so many difficult but satisfying learning situations my way. 

I really enjoyed learning about the process of diagnosing and managing different types of cancers, particularly blood-related cancers. Working on this busy medical ward allowed me to participate in and watch many different diagnostic procedures including punch biopsies, bone marrow biopsies and the administration of different types of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and immunotherapy. Monitoring patient’s blood results closely every day and being able to understand the meaning behind them was constantly intriguing to me and I always loved discussing results and how to move forward and manage each patient’s journey with the medical staff and pharmacist, who constantly shared their extensive knowledge with me. I was extremely lucky to be surrounded by such an amazing group of Doctors, Nurses and the Pharmacist Emma, who were all so passionate about their work and generous with their knowledge and support.

Being there when patients received their diagnosis or update on their disease progression was very challenging for me, as you often grow close to your patients and their families. However it is an absolute blessing to be able to help care for these patients physically, emotionally and spiritually. We all learn in University that we need to remain professional and not get to emotionally attached to patients and their loved ones, however in the real world I have found this challenging as a Nurse and as a person. 

Watching someone go through such a challenging time with strength and determination is honestly so inspiring and these patients never cease to astonish me in so many ways. The challenges I have been faced with are nothing compared to what my patients faced day in and day out and these patients gave me an absolute drive to push through this difficult rotation and appreciate every opportunity that came my way. 

A few weeks ago I started my final rotation in the Emergency Department (final rotation, can you believe it?!) Working in the Emergency Department (ED) has always been an absolute dream of mine! I have always loved working in a busy environment where I’m constantly on my toes and have to think quickly and work under pressure, so naturally I’ve always thought emergency would be perfect for me and my constant curiosity. 

Well, I can tell you, it did not disappoint! My first two days I worked side-by-side experienced nurses who work permanently in ED. My initial thoughts were ‘WOW, I know absolutely nothing compared to these nurses’. I was overwhelmed, terrified and felt everything I had learnt about time management, prioritising and planning had absolutely gone out the window. However as I worked with these nurses, they gave me so much encouragement, support and guidance and I was really able to understand how every nurse has their own nursing style. 

Finally on my first day alone I was able to put my own style of nursing into action and this was so exhilarating for me. I was finally doing what I had studied so hard to do and I managed to keep a smile on my face all day. The diversity of presentations to ED was so interesting and I knew straight away I was going to love this environment. 

I’m currently on three weeks annual leave visiting family in England, but I’m absolutely itching to get back and dive head-first into this busy and exciting time in my career.

This is the last you will hear from me until I finish my graduate year, I look forward to updating you all on my 4 months experience in ED when I finish in February. 

Thanks for reading,

Bronte