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Graduate Nurse Blog

  • ‘Hi, I’m Megan and I’m going to be your nurse today’

    How bizarre that felt, to introduce myself as a ‘nurse’ - no longer the ‘student nurse working with so-and-so’; an actual nurse. Donning my scrubs and ID badge, and saying those words to my first patient, I felt an utter fraud! The transition from a student to a registered nurse is peculiar; spending three years being supervised in absolutely everything that you do (that’s right, no touching the IV pump without your buddy nurse watching!), to suddenly being on your own is a shock to the system. Except, we’re never really on our own.    

    I’ve commenced my grad year in the Emergency Department (ED) at Frankston and all I can say is – the entire ED team is extraordinarily supportive. There’s never a shortage of helping hands, answers to the endless questions posed by us grad nurses, or the offer of a chat or debrief after a ...

  • From Criminology to Nursing

    Hi everyone. I’m Karly and I am one of the new graduate nurses at Peninsula Health for 2018. Honestly, I still cannot believe I am finally here. I am very excited to have the opportunity to share my exciting yet challenging journey I have ahead of myself this year with you all.

    I originally started University into 2012 studying a Bachelor of Criminology. I was so sure at the time that this is exactly what I wanted to do. However, as time passed I began to question where I was going with this degree? Was my expectation of the role of a Criminologist the actual reality? Unfortunately, unlike nursing there were no components of my Criminology degree that required me to do placements. Due to these hesitations and my lack of experience in this field of work, I eventually decided to transfer across to psychology. Although I ...

  • “When I grow up, I want to be a nurse” – Casey’s journey to her dream job

    Hi everyone!

    My name is Casey, I’m 21 years old from the Mornington Peninsula and I just started my dream career as a Registered Nurse with Peninsula Health! I’m so thankful to be a part of such an amazing bunch of graduate nurses this year! I’ve started my first rotation on 5FS, an oncology, haematology and acute elderly care ward!

    For me, reading these blogs as a Nursing student was vital in preparing and getting me pumped to begin my graduate year. I hope these posts enlighten you, motivate you and share some insight into the challenging yet rewarding year ahead of being a graduate nurse.

    I’ll start with a bit about why I’m here!

    Most of my passion and strong motivation for nursing has stemmed from my own personal exposure to illness in my family. My mum was a single mum of three and was diagnosed with aggressive breast ...

  • Milly’s first five weeks as a graduate nurse

    Hey, I’m Milly, I was lucky enough to snag a spot with Peninsula Health for my grad year and for my first rotation – EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT! Leading up to my first day I had a mix of emotions. I on one hand was refreshed, excited and had a sense of pride when after finishing Uni. The excitement of becoming an RN and working with patients in my role was the reward of all that hard work. I felt ready and super eager to begin my journey as an RN in my new career.

    On the contrary there was the fear of not knowing everything, forgetting vital information, worrying about people judging you and being slower than everyone else, getting used to doing medications and having full accountability.

    Soon enough the day came – orientation was done and I was on my first supernumery shift, it ...

  • Bronte’s adventure to becoming a nurse

    Hello Everyone!

    My name is Bronte and I am a graduate nurse at Peninsula Health. It is an honor to be selected to join the graduate nursing team this year and I am so excited to bring you all along my adventures as a graduate registered nurse!

    Let me start by telling you all a bit about myself…

    I started this journey to becoming a nurse way back in 2011. It was my first day at Monash Uni as a student nurse. I was so nervous, constantly lost and late to class and so overwhelmed! I lasted two weeks at Uni before I decided that I needed a year to work and travel.

    I worked for a year and decided that I wanted to go to Uni and study music business and be a tour manager, as I am a die-hard music fan. I fast tracked my degree and worked ...

  • My words of wisdom for future nursing graduates

    Well if there’s one thing I’ve learnt this past year it’s that time goes by so quickly when you are having fun! 

    I honestly cannot believe that this is the last blog for my graduate year and next week I will be a “Registered Nurse”! 

    I started out doing this blog as I love writing; I also thought it might be a good experience and something to get me out of my comfort zone. Thinking back over the last 12 months, I hope I have enlightened you, motivated you or even hopefully excited you about your possible future career in nursing or the healthcare industry. It is impossible to put in to words what nurses and other healthcare workers do on a daily basis so I hope that I have done it justice. 

    I started out nursing as I had so much admiration for both my sister, who is ...

  • As their graduate year comes to an end, what’s next for junior nurses like Briesha?

    Briesha and Dr Harry Hughes at work on the Surgical Short Stay Unit.

    Hello all! 

    I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately from family and friends about what is next for me once my rotation on the surgical unit comes to an end, so I thought I’d explain the process! 

    The graduate program is a 12 month contract with Peninsula Health, ensuring three rotations on different wards and sometimes different Peninsula Health sites. After this graduates get to decide whether they wish to remain working for Peninsula Health or go elsewhere. If yes, we fill out a simple piece of paper with our four preferences of wards/areas where we want to continue working, in a numerical order. These are then given to the nurses in charge of each area and they choose who they’d like to offer jobs to, keeping in mind everyone’s top ...

  • My first mistake as a nurse

    In life we often make mistakes, whether these are in our personal lives, business or relationships, this is what people often say “makes us human”. In the healthcare industry, co-workers and most often patients seem to forget that we are simply human beings attempting to do the best job we can each and every day. When I first started nursing this was something that terrified me. Making a mistake or worse, this mistake affecting my patient’s health and in turn, making their time in hospital longer or more difficult. There are so many things that can go wrong in just a single shift, especially with so much going on and so many things to remember. Medication errors were something that terrified me the most – giving the wrong medication, at the wrong time, the wrong dose, possibly to even the wrong patient ...

  • Caring for patients before and after surgery

    Hello from my new home on SSSU, or for those who aren't familiar - the Surgical Short Stay Unit on level four at Frankston Hospital! This is my third and final rotation of my graduate year and by now I have well and truly settled into the day to day life of a nurse. However, I do still have to pinch myself sometimes, as the last eight months have gone by so quickly and sometimes I forget how lucky I am to work in such an amazing profession.

    SSSU is different from my last 2 rotations in many ways and will be a great learning experience for me! Most people probably don't know, but there are thousands of different opportunities for nurses - however the main 3 divisions for clinical (hands on nursing) would have to be Specialities (e.g. the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Theatre etc.), ...

  • The toughest weeks of my graduate year so far

    Hello everyone!

    It's been awhile, for some reason, I find it most difficult to write to you about my last few weeks on the ward before I am about to rotate. As I've said previously I am not very good with change or goodbyes for that matter, but adjusting to life on 5FN came with ease and enjoyment. The last four months have flown by and the unbelievable amount that I learnt and how much I have progressed is something I am truly proud of. The last few weeks on the ward would have had to have been the toughest of my graduate year – with many code blues, medical emergency team calls and unfortunate situations arising quickly. However morale amongst the staff never faltered. The quick response, teamwork and support that is given to everyone is something that is truly why I chose ...