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Faces of Peninsula Health – Q&A with Jade Robinson

Jade shares her experiences of when she was a nursing student in the Monash @ Peninsula (M@P) program.

Q: What was the best thing about the M@P program?

A: The M@P program provided continuity of learning opportunities for me during my undergraduate studies. As I was guaranteed to have all of my clinical placements within the same health organisation, I was able to understand and easily use the documentation, medication charts and online systems within my first placement. This allowed me to redirect my focus on learning new clinical skills and critical thinking from day one of every placement. The ratio of clinical facilitator to students is immensely beneficial, you aren’t just another number or student to them. They really get to know you and are able to guide you through as your develop your clinical skills and confidence.

Q: What was the clinical facilitator support like?

A: You couldn’t fault the clinical facilitators. The program is run by two lovely ladies, Chris and Deb, who really take care of each and every one of the M@P students. The facilitators get to know you on a personal level, and help guide you through your placements. From formal to informal debrief sessions, daily check ins, and only a phone call or pager away for additional help, no question was a silly question, and they are always there to help. They also provided additional education resources such as info cards that I still carry with me on my swipe access card fob thing, and common abbreviations and medications specific to the ward you are on.

Q: How did being in the one organisation as a student and now as a grad helped you as a learner?

A: I feel being in the one organisation as a student, and now as a grad certainly helped ease the transition from student to grad nurse. The grad program links up with those who were in the M@P program as students, and you are prioritised in your first rotation to be placed on a ward you have already been as a student. This was beneficial as you had friendly and familiar faces, sort of knew the layout of the ward and expectations of patient care plans and management. The M@P facilitators are still around and are an added resource for questions and concerns, on top of the grad coordinators.

Q: What would you say to students thinking about enrolling in the M@P program?

A: Don’t think, just do! Nothing to regret by applying. There are only benefits to being a part of the M@P program that you will continue to reap further into your career at Peninsula Health!

Q: Can you describe a significant moment in your learning journey?

A: There are so many moments in your learning journey that you don’t think of as important or see your personal growth without reflection. I remember on my first day of placement in my first year at the Mornington Centre; I was walking down the corridor when I heard a loud crash. Upon further inspection I found a patient had fallen in their room. I went and checked if the patient was ok, breathing and responding and that they hadn’t hit their head, but then completely froze and didn’t know what else to do. I found my buddy and stood back as I watched them go through all of the steps to safely care for the patient and got the patient reviewed by a doctor. I had a debrief with my facilitator and was guided through a reflection on the incident, and ran through the primary survey and rationale behind the actions the care team had taken.

Fast forward to my final placement as a third year nursing student at Frankston Hospital, I have a full patient load on a busy medical ward. I notice when walking into the room that one of my patients doesn’t like quite right. I took a set of vitals, which fell into MET call criteria. I escalate to my buddy and call a MET. I actively participated in the MET, and advocated for the patient. It all felt so natural and flowed… A stark comparison to a few years back. Every time I get that gut feeling something is not right, I think back to that debrief in my first year, and take a deep breath and assess the patient through the systematic approach of the primary survey.

Q: Why did you choose Peninsula Health?

A: Peninsula Health has a great reputation among staff, patients and students. The older students at uni would talk about their experiences at various health organisations, and the one that always stood out was Peninsula Health. The support from the staff, both on the ward and the facilitators was a big selling point. Having experienced the support firsthand in my first year placement really solidified my choice in Peninsula Health.

Q: What plans do you have for your career when you finish your grad year?

A: I am hoping go back and work on one of the wards I have rotated to during my grad year. It is so hard to choose, as each ward is like its own little family, and have all been an integral part of my development as nurse this year! I plan on working on the wards for a few more years to build up my critical thinking and knowledge before considering to branch out and potentially do postgraduate studies within the organisation.

If you’re a Monash University student interested in applying for our M@P program, go to the clinical placements area of your Moodle site for more information or email map@phcn.vic.gov.au

If you’re interested in a nursing role at Peninsula Health, check out our careers page for current vacancies.