New Nursing Times student blogger Katrina Michelle Rowan loves being a student nurse - even if she can’t always find the correct orifice…
I’ve just finished my second placement, my head is reeling from everything I’ve learnt and I’m panicking about my essay that is due this month. Why oh why did i decide to do this course?
Actually that’s an easy one - its been on the cards for years. I may complain about the work, shift patterns, the horrible nurse who refuses to learn my name and missing out on time with my children.
But you know what? I’m loving every minute of it.
My second placement, on a surgical ward, was amazing. My mentor was fantastic and i have learned so much. I feel overwhelmed by how much i dont know; I’m still frightened about the anatomy side of things - (I havent studied biology in 15 years); and dont even get me started on the drugs round.
But there are so many things I love: the staff nurses who don’t mind being bombarding with questions and who are happy to show me again what they showed me seven times yesterday; the ones who dont laugh when you’re trying to catheterise a patient and can’t find the right orifice; the ones who give me feedback and tell me I’m doing well.
But most of all i love the patients and the opportunity I’ve been given to broaden my knowledge base and challenge myself to learn things that frighten me.
I love the fact that I take the job home with me, that I have phoned the ward at 2am as I’d forgotten to do something - much to the amusement of the poor staff nurse who answered my call and took 10 minutes to figure out what on earth i was waffling on about.
I also love the people I meet that make me laugh and cry. And most importantly all of them - every single one - helps me learn.
I can’t wait to qualify, even though it’s a distant two and a half years away, and i would love to take you on this journey with me.