My little girl has learnt two valuable lessons this week. The first was discovering that oxo cubes are not chocolates. The second was concerning death.
Her Granddad’s dog died earlier in the week so her Daddy tried to explain the concept of death, dying and not being there anymore to her. She found it very distressing.
My little boy is still too young to understand death, he is only aware that his granddad is sad. I think he perhaps thinks that his granddad’s dog is lost somewhere and will come back soon. I think he’s basing this on the fact he lost his favourite toy last week at nursery and it was found again yesterday. To him his granddad’s dog is just lost.
I believe the way people view death depends on their age, life experience, religious views and are all subjective to the individual.
There is a brilliant feel of camaraderie about the ward as the patients all chat together and share experiences.
I am currently on placement on a male cardio-thoracic ward. Most of the patients are admitted for open heart surgery. For the majority of them, the surgery is a massive wake up call. There is a brilliant feel of camaraderie about the ward as the patients all chat together and share experiences. The pre-op patients often share bays with post-op patients and they seem to find it hugely re-assuring seeing people who have experienced open-heart surgery up and about just days after the operation. The majority of patients care about each other and as soon as they realise that someone who they met 2 days ago is back on the ward after their surgery, they go and catch up with them. Seeing these men forge friendships, sharing stories, laughing and generally just being thrilled that they are alive is fantastic. Most patients leave the ward determined to make the most of life, to exercise more, stop smoking and eat healthier. The thank you cards that are sent to the ward are beautiful to read.
Once again I can’t believe how lucky I am to be having such a positive experience as a student nurse. The staff are all fantastic, I have been given 3 mentors and all the qualified staff are happy to work with me and share their knowledge. One of the doctors has even taken the time to sit down with me and explain things that I was struggling to understand.
I can’t decide if it’s the positive attitude of the staff, the positive attitude of the patients or more likely a combination of both that is making this ward in particular such a wonderful learning experience for me. Whatever it is, I am enjoying it thoroughly.