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Navigating my first month as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department at Rosebud

Belinda at Rosebud HospitalThe following blog is written by graduate nurse Bianca Roadknight,

Hi everyone! My name is Bianca and I am one of Peninsula Health’s Graduate Registered Nurses for 2019.

I can’t say that I have always dreamed of being a nurse, however I have always had a knack for caring for people. I volunteered helping Nippers at my local Surf Life Saving Club for a few summers when I was 13 and then when I was 15 I completed my Bronze Medallion so that I could join the Lifeguards on the beach patrolling. I did this for a couple of summers and loved the opportunity to help those in need.

When it came to applying for university and TAFE courses at the end of year 12, I felt a little lost. I wasn’t sure what my calling in life was, all I knew was that I was good at being compassionate to others and always found myself drawn to helping people. (I know, it’s the most cliché thing a nurse can say, but it’s true!). I was finally convinced by those around me to apply for the Bachelor of Nursing at Monash University and I can safely say that this decision has been one of the best I have made so far (other than applying for my graduate position with Peninsula Health of course!)

And so, began my journey towards where I am today….

I have commenced my first rotation in the Emergency Department at Rosebud. I loved all of my placements as a student but the placement I had here at Rosebud ED was by far my favourite, so you can imagine how excited I was when I heard I was coming back for my first rotation as a Registered Nurse!

My first day I knew I would be okay, having had placement here in December, I already knew some familiar faces and knew what to expect in terms of the pace of the department. However, I was still beyond scared and this first month has been a complete blur of patients, presentations and new learning opportunities.  

I realised very quickly that questions in the emergency department are your friend! I don’t think I have ever asked so many questions in my life from “where can I find a heat pack” to “what is a sick sinus syndrome” but the team in the ED are always willing to answer these and never make me feel like I have asked a silly question.

It has now been over a month since I started my nursing journey with the team at Rosebud ED and I finally feel like I’m beginning to feel confident in my abilities as a nurse and I’m so excited to see where the next few months lead me! I feel beyond honoured to be working for Peninsula Health alongside some of the most knowledgeable and helpful nurses I have ever met and to have the opportunity to constantly learn from them every single shift.

I look forward to keeping you updated on my adventures as a new nurse!

Until next time,

Bianca