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I am here to stay!

Is it just me or is everyone having babies at the moment? It seems everywhere I look I am seeing pregnant bellies, and little babies. This is such an exciting time for these families, but one that is often filled with conflicting emotions – excitement, fear, anticipation, doubt, guilt, joy and the ever present (perhaps […]

GUEST BLOG POST: Have you wondered what do Medical Students actually do?

Hi! I’m Victoria Berquist- one of the 40-odd third year medical students who were placed at Peninsula Health in 2013! I’m here to write a little bit about the students you might see around Frankston Hospital – what we do inside and outside the hospital. Peninsula Health is affiliated with Monash University and as such […]


I remember this time last year, almost to the day, when my registration came through. I had freedom (which I believe I mentioned in another post somewhere in here). The past year has flown by, trying to cover a ward by myself, participate in journal clubs, clinical meetings and still trying to have a life […]

Time flies when you are having fun!

Wow, time sure flies when you are busy! It is now mid-November and we have only two months left of our grad year. I am sure we only started yesterday, but when I take time to reflect on the past 10 months, it occurs to me just how far we have come! Initially, just getting […]

Surgical rotation is – wow!

Hi there readers! It’s been an interesting few weeks on my new surgical rotation, and all I can say is wow – it’s very different! I come into work now and have to contend with drain tubes, big wounds, and yes, a lot of poo. But that’s enough about the glamorous side of nursing life. […]

Complementary and alternative medications

In the pharmacy department there has been the annual buzz that accompanies our interns completing their study and sitting for their exams. And I cannot help but remember back to this time last year, when I was putting the final touches on my study, and the relief that I felt afterwards. I am extremely glad […]

A visit to the Special Care Nursery

Hello again. I am writing to you in a (dare I say it) ‘quiet’ moment at work. I am currently placed in the Special Care Nursery (SCN) for a two week stint. I did a placement here last year as a third year student. As I had enjoyed my experience then, I was looking forward […]

Monday. The most hated day of the week

Monday. Most people’s most hated day of the week. It sure is for me. Not because I had to get out of bed early, or because I partied like a member of led zeppelin over the weekend, but because of the how my ward will be after a weekend of no pharmacist on the ward […]

There is more to it than you might think

Hi there readers! I hope you’re all enjoying the strange weather that Spring brings, and that people with hay fever are keeping well away from the pollen. It’s been eight months since the other graduates and I started our journey into nursing. It’s certainly flown by! But even as we finish our last few shifts […]

The makings of a Graduate Midwife

Hi, my name is Kylie Hosking and I am currently doing my grad year of midwifery. I was a mature aged student, who came to midwifery the long way around. I had always intended on a nursing profession, but life has a way of throwing curve balls that sometimes see us take a different path… […]