End of week 2…

Week two of placement is finished! Roll on next week for week three to begin!


Theatre day…no in-depth information

Today is the day I went to Theatre! I have to say I loved it and found it extremely interesting…

The patient that I was following throughout their procedure, was admitted onto the ward by me this morning. I spoke with her about her procedure and preparation for her surgery.

As she went in to prep for the procedure I was able to observe the anaethetist administering the general anaesthetic to the patient and watched as her body began to succumb to the GA.

Once in the theatre the consultant began the scheduled procedure that was supposed to last 2 and a half hours…although in the end it took an hour and a half longer than planned.

Once the surgery was concluded I was able to follow the patient and anaethetist to the recovery room to bring her round from the GA.

The surgery was a success and I enjoyed being able to observe it…definitely something I would he interested in persuing more!

Another 14 hour shift…

Another long day today, but each long shift I do seems to become easier in regards to my exhaustion 😂! I was encouraged to help with the drug rounds throughout the day – a lot more complicated than I thought it would be!

I have been booked in to go to theatre tomorrow! Hopefully I’ll be ok and won’t get squeamish!

Monday 5th Feb

Just an early shift today to start week two of placement! Considering generally I am not a morning person I feel like I have accomplished a lot today! I admitted my first patient to the ward today – honestly didn’t realise how much paperwork is involved 😂

Hopefully I will be able to book onto theatre day tomorrow to follow a patient through from admission to discharge.

14 hour shift…

Another 14 hour shift again today, to finalise my 1st week of placement! I seem to be settling in ok so far and I feel like I am learning something new everyday. I’m looking forward to the weekend away from placement to reflect on everything that I have done this week. I’m ready for next week to start and I am looking forward to learning more throughout my placement!


Today has been an exhausting day but definitely rewarding. Started my placement shift at 0700 meaning I had to leave a 0600! I met my associated mentor today that I got on OK with but I didn’t have a very good time when working with her. I did a lot of observations again today and finally getting used to the process that is in place. I was also able to help with a few admissions onto the ward, although there is a lot of paperwork involved in it which was confusing to get my head round, so hopefully when i’m back on Friday I will be able to get more practice and become more confident with it. I was also able to watch the removal of a post-op vacuum drain, to be honest I was a little squeamish but this is something that I haven’t experienced before. It was interesting to watch and learn how the removal was done. I aided in taking patients down to be transferred to theatre. As well as warding them back to the ward post-op and readmitting them. Later on in the day I then observed one of the Registered Nurses (RN’s) complete discharge paperwork to get an idea of what happens at that point. After today I am feeling a bit more confident when it comes to doing observations and slowly feeling as though I can ask questions when I need to.

Trampolining Club

At the beginning of the academic year I decided that I was going to sign up to the trampolining society that runs through the uni. This was mainly to to allow me time to relax and take time out for myself. Since Christmas the society has organised for us to travel to our coaches club which is located at the Derby Arena. Tonight I worked on a few moves that I had been struggling to 100% achieve and I was then asked whether I wanted to take part in the upcoming Uni Competition – which I have been entered for. After this I managed to remove the crash mat from my front somersault which is something that I have been working towards for a while. Overall, I am starting to feel a lot more confident in my ability and 100% enjoying myself.

First Day of Placement

Today was my first day at placement and the first thing I did was meet my mentor and she is absolutely lovely. She was extremely helpful and encouraged me a lot. I listened to my first handover and if i’m 100% honest I felt as though I was in over my head, mainly because I didn’t understand much of the terminology that was used throughout the handover. I followed a patient down to have a CT scan which was really interesting for me to watch and find out more information about. I got to observe how the CT scan worked and was also shown through the different images produced by the scan and how they make the things they are looking for to stand out. I started to do observations (Blood Pressure, Oxygen Levels, Heart Rate etc.) and interacting with patients. I warded a patient from the recovery room post-op back onto the ward with the help of a porter, and then I also helped to readmit the back onto the ward. Overall, it was an amazing day and i’m looking forward to the remainder of my placement.

Live Twitter Chat

This morning was the final task of our simulated spoke module. We had to log in to Twitter to answer any questions that people had about our proposed healthcare initiative. We successfully completed the Live Twitter Chat and gained a lot of positive feedback from the other people that were involved in asking us the questions.

Hospital Induction

Today half of the Sept 17 cohort had to attend an induction day at the hospital. It was an extremely long day 0800-1630. We finally received our NHS Trust badges to prove that we are linked to a Trust within the NHS. My favourite topic in the induction had to be the fire safety. Only because the fire safety officer that talked us through it made it interesting to listen to and showed us how to genuinely use a fire extinguisher if it was ever needed.

WordPress Meet Up

After the successful Dragon’s Den Pitch, the group went for a break and met up afterwards to discuss the details for the WordPress website. We gathered selfies/images of each individual to add to our about me page. As well as getting each individual to write a paragraph about themselves. We worked through the the reflections and adaptations of our health proposal and due to the feedback we received as a group we didn’t need to update much of the information that was already on the WordPress website.

Dragon’s Den Pitch

We powered through out healthcare proposal in front of the ‘Dragons’. We were all very confident in speaking throughout the pitch and everyone did well. We had planned answers to most of the questions that we had been asked. The feedback that we got a very positive and the main negative was the ambitiousness of the project as it was such a large area to focus on. Fortunately, we managed to secure the amount of money that we asked for, as well as an extra £5,000 (hypothetical money). In return all of the Dragon’s decided to team up together to be part of our plan. Overall, it was a successful day!

Simulated Group Meeting

We reviewed all of the research that had been done over the weekend, finalising all of the details that for the WordPress website that still needed adding. We then spent time delegating the final speaking roles for the Dragon’s Den Pitch. We discussed the financial figures for the first finished hard copy of the pitch which was then submitted. We then looked at the equipment that we would need to implement out proposed healthcare initiative. We tried to make sure we covered everything that we could see being asked at the pitch to make sure we were ready for any questions they may ask us. Finally we also double checked all of the advertisement resources to ensure all of the correct information was easily accessible on the resources.

Visiting my Placement

This morning I decided it was time to phone my placement to see whether they could tell me what my off duty was for my first week whilst on placement. It surprised me when the placement coordinator asked me to go in today for a meeting and a tour of the facilities available in the hospital.

Arriving at the hospital I was very nervous to meet the lady that I had spoken to, but when she came out to meet me, she put me at ease straight away. She is such a lovely person!

I wasn’t the only student nurse there that was waiting to find out more information about the hours they would be working on placement. In total there were 3 of us. Two from Derby and one from Nottingham.

We all sat down and had a conversation to break the ice and feel more relaxed around each other. We then passed across all of our relevant paperwork and got down to the information that we all wanted to know.

Unfortunately, we were only told our first shift for our placement as it is up to our mentors’ when we will be on shift. This placement use a team mentoring system which means we are assigned a mentor, an assistant mentor and a befriender.

Whilst having our tour around the hospital, we were told by almost all of the registered nurses that we are very lucky to have been given this hospital as our first placement of first year! This is mainly because it has more than one speciality under one roof!

Now I am extremely excited to start my placement, looking forward to my late shift, 13:00-21:00. Roll on placement!

Finalising our proposal

Today the whole group met up at uni to try to finalise the details for our Dragons’ Den proposal on Tuesday 26th. We had the intention of resolving any minute details that hadn’t yet been decided on. Although, this is didn’t work out the way we initially planned, we have now ended up with more questions than answers. It is definitely not as easy to decide unanimously as we thought it would be.

After a coffee break, the remaining part of the group decided we would spend a little longer trying to divide up the tasks that need completing before we next meet up! We seem to finally be making our way through all of the tasks on our to do list.

To do…

  • Research finances
  • Research activities
  • Complete proposal form
  • Create advertising resources and logo
  • Create leaflet

Hopefully the majority of this will be completed before we next meet up on Monday!

Visit to Normanton

So today my group embarked on our parachute visit to the Normanton area in Derby. Our aim was to ask the general public, healthcare professionals and the police force the areas of health that could be improved on in the area!

We definitely had a lot of correlating answers, with the majority of the population agreeing on the same areas needing to be focused on.

All we need to do now is to finish our power point to present our findings and gain feedback for how we approached the task that had been set for us.

Back to Uni

Today was my first day back to Uni after a well needed Christmas break! I was definitely excited to get back to furthering my nursing journey, but had no idea what to expect.

After arriving at Uni, I discovered that the majority of the other student nurses studying alongside me were out on placement. There was a small group of 9 people who were in Uni throughout January.

We were introduced to the ‘module’ that we would be taking part in over the four weeks before going to our first placement. We were told that we would be organising a parachute visit to identify health needs within a local community that our lecturers would decide, and the area they decided to send us to was…NORMANTON.

After spending the day learning how we would carry out this task and what we would need to complete before our next lecture in Uni, we then spent some time organising who would research what and when we were going to visit the area.

We have till next Tuesday (9th Jan 2018) to complete this task and put together a power point presentation to present our findings…