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  • Confessions of a Pharmacist…

    Hello everybody, my name is Matt, and I have been asked to contribute to this blog for the next year or so. To be honest, I barely think that my entire life up until this point has been interesting enough to put into a blog, but who knows. Like Mike Fox, my fellow blogger I started my relationship with Peninsula Health as a patient in the maternity ward before becoming a regular in the ED, so it seems a bit strange to now be working there! I also grew up on the Peninsula I have recently finished my intern year as a pharmacist at Peninsula Health.

    At school, yes I will admit, I was a bit of a nerd and actually enjoyed chemistry. However, caring for people also appealed to me. I thought about studying engineering, as I also enjoyed maths (again, nerd). However, in the end pharmacy won and I ...

  • Sharing the knowledge around

    Hi there readers!

    I hope you’re keeping well as the weather keeps getting colder. Make sure you rug up, and if you’re able, get a flu shot (and maybe a lollipop to go with it).

    One of the most exciting things about being a new nurse in a big emergency department is that I come across new experiences almost every day. A new procedure, a rare condition, or a strange combination of the ‘every day’ diseases. I was expecting these sorts of challenges, knowing that I’d go home from my day with a list of things to Google during the night. That’s par for the course in the life of a new nurse. But something I’d never really given much consideration to was mentoring new staff and students. Being a teaching hospital, I’ve seen plenty of students around, but it wasn’t until last week that I was called upon to show someone ...

  • Like sands through the hourglass, these are the days of my life…

    A typical day in the sub-acute orthopaedic setting begins at 8.00am with our first meeting at 8.05am to discuss the day’s arrangements – new patients, staff members absent, staff cover for the hydrotherapy pool, meeting times, staff supervision sessions and professional development or in-services if applicable.

    8.15am: Allied Health and Nursing staff morning handover - a fabulous opportunity to find out the progress of each patient within a multi-disciplinary team environment.

    8.30am: The Physiotherapy and Allied Health Assistant staff collect patients suitable for hydrotherapy from their rooms and porter them to the hydrotherapy pool for rehabilitation.

    10.00am: Patients are returned to their rooms for showering.

    10.00am-12.00pm: Patient’s receive land-based physiotherapy programs tailored to the specific needs of each individual in a gym environment. The caseload is extremely varied and may include patients post elective joint replacement (knee or hip), post traumatic incidents resulting in fracture and general deconditioning secondary to falls, respiratory illness or ...

  • Starting out as a Grad Nurse

    Welcome back everyone! I hope you've had a nice couple of weeks since the first blog entry. For the Grad Nurses it has certainly been busy. All of us got together earlier this month for a study day (finishing Uni doesn't mean we have finished learning!) and that gave us a great opportunity to catch up on the good, the bad, and the ugly of our first weeks as registered nurses.

    Fortunately, many of the stories fall into that first category; the good. So many of the graduates have mentioned the amount of support provided during shifts (and even on days off), which has been overwhelming. I expected to get through our first week of orientation and then be thrown into the deep end all by myself. However, I'm relieved to inform you all that this could not be farther from the truth. Admittedly, it may feel like we've been thrown ...

  • The job hunt…

    So I’d decided that the public health system was where I planned to begin my career. The question left remaining was where was I going to work?

    I wanted to find a job where I could work across acute, outpatient and rehabilitation settings in both paediatric and adult populations. Peninsula Health was one of the few health networks that offered this to physiotherapy graduates. Due to the huge volume of students graduating and looking for a job, it is an extremely competitive time of year. With this in mind I worked tirelessly on my cover letter and CV to make sure it included all elements that would assist me in securing a job with Peninsula Health. I thought the interview went well, but I knew that there would have been a large number of applications, both new graduates and Grade 1 physiotherapists for the position.

    It is amazing how fast news travels. ...

  • Introducing Mike Fox

    Hi there readers! I’m Mike Fox, a newly registered nurse, and I’ve just started my Graduate Nursing Program (GNP) at Frankston Hospital. I’m really looking forward to giving you an insider’s look at the life of a new working nurse, all from the comfort of your own computer. But first, let’s start with a bit of background about myself.

    My relationship with Peninsula Health began 22 years ago, when I was born in the maternity ward. Suffice to say that I didn’t start nursing straight away, but instead went to the local kindergarten and primary school, then going on to attend high school literally around the corner from Frankston Hospital. In case you couldn’t guess, I’ve lived in Frankston all my life, and like most Frankston residents, I’ve spent time in the Emergency Department and various wards for all sorts of major and minor illnesses.

    Deciding to be a nurse wasn’t a ...

  • Meet Charlotte Ganderton

    Hi,

    For some unknown reason I have been asked to contribute to this blog as a professional physiotherapist. My name is Charlotte; I am 23 and have recently finished University. I am now in my first professional role at Peninsula Health. Throughout the next year I will be sharing my journey with you. Here is my first post:

    What child would even know what a Physiotherapist is, let alone know that’s what they wanted to do as a career? As strange as it may sound I have wanted to be a physio for as long as I can remember. I grew up playing tennis and must admit I have been to the physio myself quite a few times!

    Even though I have always wanted to be a physio I mulled over the idea of undertaking a number of different degrees throughout my school years. I even enrolled in a Commerce/Economics degree, thinking I ...