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Graduate Nurse Blog

  • Helpful Tips To Succeed In Your Graduate Year

    This blog is written by Kartik Jagatheson, a graduate nurse at Peninsula Health.

    At university, it feels like exams, assignments and placements never end. Students of nursing are eager and excited to break free from all the assignments and jump into the real world of paid work, with their Graduate Year. Before you jump in head first, I’ve devised a few tips for graduates so they don’t find themselves swimming with the sharks. As a new graduate in my second rotation at Rosebud Hospital Emergency Department, I am proud of my development as a Registered Nurse and excited to share what I have learnt over the last 6 months.

  • Embrace The Chaos
  • In full honesty your graduate year is not going to be a walk in the park, there will be days of absolute mayhem, but the key to getting through these days lies in coming to ...

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

    The 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 ...

  • From Mansfield to Frankston – meet graduate nurse Mel

    The below blog is written by Melanie Challen, a 2019 Graduate Nurse at Peninsula Health.

    Hey team,

    My name is Mel and I’ve spent the past 4 weeks settling into my new position as a Graduate Registered Nurse at Peninsula Health. To begin with, a little bit about my background. I hail from Mansfield- a small country town in the North-East of the state. Mountains, lakes, national parks and rivers surround Mansfield; come the weekends and the town bursts at the seams with tourists interested in snow skiing, water skiing, bike riding, horse riding, four-wheel driving, hunting and fishing for example. Contrary to my new home on the Mornington Peninsula, Mansfield is yet to discover traffic lights, fast food outlets or elevators, a “quick dash” to the supermarket is a forty-minute round drive from my home, and the heart of the ...

  • Becoming a Mum led Anais to Midwifery

    My name is Anais and I am a Graduate Midwife at Peninsula Health (that still feels extremely strange and satisfying to say!). I started my Bachelor of Midwifery at ACU in 2014 whilst pregnant with my daughter. After the birth of my son in 2012, I realised that my passion was working with women throughout the childbearing continuum. I enjoyed educating women so they too could make empowering choices that resulted in the best possible pregnancy, birth and postnatal experience unique to their needs/choices.

    I started working at Frankston hospital in the Women’s Health Unit (WHU) early February, and so far I have been in the inpatient section of the WHU. This means I work with antenatal and postnatal women and their families (pregnant women and women who have had their baby). The only way I can adequately describe my experience is, ...

  • Nursing on a surgical ward

    The following blog is written by Peninsula Health graduate nurse Tom Paterson. 

    How quick the year has gone by. I’m sure there are many other grads that can support me in the perception of how fast the year has gone as we draw to the conclusion of our second rotation. I’m currently completing the last week of my second rotation on Bass Ward, which is predominantly a pre and post- operative surgical ward.  My experiences on Bass Ward and as a graduate nurse continue to stay positive, challenging and rewarding. 

    Reflecting back to the commencement of my current rotation I felt completely out of my depth. Bass is a very fast paced ward with patient acuity being relatively high. I honestly felt out of my depth. Sitting through my first Bass handover and listening to the in-charge talk about ICC’s, IDC’s, NGT’s, IVF, PCA’s, morphine, ketamine, swinging, bubbling, ...

  • Truly something special – what it’s like to work as an oncology and ICU nurse

    Hello again!

    I can’t believe it was that time again to write to you all, the graduate coordinators once said that your graduate year will fly and that couldn’t be truer! Since my first blog, I’ve learnt and experienced so much, I couldn’t even summarise them all in this blog!

    I completed my first rotation on 5FS the Oncology and Haematology ward and recently commenced my second rotation in the Intensive Care Unit. To reflect on my first rotation, I 

    would say to work in Oncology is by no means easy but wow, it is truly something special and something I would love to return to one day. Everyday there was an emotional, physical or mental challenge to overcome but my patients had even bigger challenges to face which really gave me some perspective. It was on this ward, I learnt the positive impact I could make in somebody’s ...

  • Getting the hang of this thing people call nursing

    The following blog is written by graduate nurse Karly Theodore.

    Hi everyone…

    Here I am five months into my grad year and time has flown.

    For the past four months I have been on 5FN (the respiratory and renal ward) at Frankston Hospital. I will forever be grateful for the opportunities and experiences that I was involved in, the knowledge I now have and the sensational support I received from the multidisciplinary team on 5FN.

    Six weeks ago, I was about to rotate to my new ward. To be honest, I didn’t want to leave as 5FN really felt like home. I was comfortable, I had made new friendships and I felt like I had finally settled into the ward. I was getting the hang of this thing people call nursing. The thought of leaving the place that felt like home and having to start all over again was daunting. ...

  • Caring for patients at the end of life

    Hi Everyone,

    Bronte here again! Well what a journey it has been over the past four months. The highs and lows have been absolutely overwhelming and I have never laughed, cried, run, eaten and hugged people so much in my life.

    Over the past four months I had been on Port Phillip Ward (orthopaedics and plastics) learning the ropes and securing my confidence in what I know and consolidating my nursing skills. The support I received on Port Phillip is second to none and I will be forever grateful for the experience I had on this busy, fast-paced ward. I learnt the absolute importance of working together with the multidisciplinary team to get people home or achieving their recovery goals. I learnt how important it is to take care of yourself and your fellow coworkers and I learnt the importance of being part of a family in the ...

  • Dispelling the male nursing myth

    The following blog is written by Tom Paterson, a graduate nurse at Peninsula Health. 

    If someone had of asked me four years ago if I envisioned myself becoming a nurse I probably would have responded no. Not because I’m not interested in healthcare rather because of the stereotypes attached to male nurses at this current point in time. The inaccurate and misleading stigma attached to nursing definitely had an impact in me shying away from conversations related to career aspirations and to a extent deterred me from what I now consider a great profession!

    Once I was able to move past these inaccurate views, I have really been able to appreciate and enjoy nursing for what it is. As I’ve recently discovered through my graduate year thus far the autonomy of the job is more then assisting people and writing notes – it has been actively engaging from ...

  • A behind the scenes look at Intensive Care nursing

    My name is Isabella Alves-Ferreira, I am one of the new 2018 graduate nurses here at Peninsula Health.

    I never had a clear direction as to what I wanted to study straight out of high school. I felt an enormous amount of pressure at 17 years old to know what I wanted to be in life and to figure out my career in the short two years of VCE. I got into university first studying a Bachelor in Psychological Science. However, two years in, I found myself unfulfilled. It was after listening to the student nurses in the library talk about their projects that I made the best decision for my career and decided to dive into nursing.

    I am currently doing my first rotation in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and so far my experience has been nothing short of amazing.  Starting off as a grad nurse ...