Comment on: What makes a good handover?
Very useful, thank you!
Comment on: Don't be a placement martyr
You forget that some of us have to work extra hours just to support ourselves financially, and between placement, work, family and commuting, we're just too shattered to do anything else.
A third vote here for wound care training with pictures!
Comment on: Nurses split over shift patterns
Personally, as a student nurse, I've had to work 12 1/2 hr and 13 hour shifts on busy, understaffed hospital wards and found that utterly exhausting. I spent my days off recovering. During the final few hours of my shifts, I could barely concentrate and would shuffle along the long ward corridor to get to patients. It left me demoralised and I almost gave up my course.
I also did 8 hour shifts and found that I could learn so much more on those shifts as I wasn't feeling as drained and exhausted.
In fact, if a student gets a placement on ICU, they are not allowed to work 12 hour shifts, due to the intense nature of the learning.
I watched a couple of revisions of amputations in theatres on a surgical ward placement. I was quite shocked at the instruments in use. The saws really did look like something you'd pick up at your local hardware shop!
The patient's leg looked like a leg of lamb from a cookery show and the surgeons had to saw quite hard to get through the overgrown bone at the stump. I kept expecting them to rub some olive oil and rosemary on the patient's leg!
All joking aside, it enabled me to empathise with my patient's experience of pain in a deeper manner and to be that friendly face there for him when he came around from the anaesthetic.