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'Being on a ward really consolidates everything I have learned'

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Hello fellow student nurses!

It’s been a while since I wrote my previous piece. Since then I’ve been on a nine-week placement on an orthopaedic elective ward - of which I have two weeks remaining.

As a first year this is my first ward and its a great one at that. I feel like I have learned an enormous amount - from watching a total hip replacement down in theatre to admitting a patient to the ward. Being on a ward really consolidates everything I have learned.

I am currently on my second week of nights; night two seems to feel easier, as I get into the swing of things. I am presently writing this on my break! As much as I love placement, I am looking forward to being back at university.

The crazy thing is, after placement and one week of university I will be going into my second year. I cannot believe it - it really seems to have flown by. That, to me at least, is a great sign and even though I am only one year down, I feel a huge sense of achievement.

So, heres to the next two!

Cerys David is a first year nursing student at the University of Chester.

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  • Daniella Pires

    Wow, sounds like great fun! Don't you feel a bit lost at times? I'm in a similier situation to you, in Year 1, on my first placement but I am on Gynae. I have admitted patients and spent a few times in theatre (Very daunting at first...) Any tips for coping with nights? My night shifts are slowly creeping nearer... x

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