Since my first blog I have been on placement and have nearly finished the first semester of my second year.
All I could say is I cannot remember the day or date anymore, I have been extremely tired and yes it is hard in the second year.
However, all I could think of, it goes so fast that I am nearly at the end of my first semester and that keep me going and counting down to the second semester! Roll on….
I would like to share something special, for me it was very important. I have been so busy with placement, assignments and the stress of Christmas and not spending quality time with my family. I decided I needed to manage my emotions hence, the only way to do this was to watch a very sad film and cry as much as I can. However, I decided to watch “Marley and Me” and this made me cry a lot and did not really worked in releasing my emotions, in fact making it worst for me.
Therefore, I decided to spend quality time with my family and have a full day out.
We spent the day out meeting Santa and went to the cinema, did bowling and a meal out. This was the best time for everyone and it actually made me feel better in knowing that I had quality time with my family and enjoyed myself as well. Having a family with young children can accumulate to stress as the thoughts of guilt and not spending time with the children.
However, for me it was mainly guilt as I did not have time, placement, assignments and the stress of studying for the exam was taking a toll on me.
Hence, spending time with my family made me feel happier and I concentrated better with my assignments, and placement.
I gained a lot of experience in my placement. Personally, I feel that in the second year, it is expected for student to be more engaging. This gave me an opportunity to be assertive and gain the experience I wanted to achieve.
Students are supported fully in placement, hence I personally love placement as for me it is the place where I learn the most. Although the first day in a new place is always the worst day ever still for me. I don’t think this will ever change even when I get to the third year, I still find it hard to go in a new placement. It is constant introduction with staff in placement where I had mentioned my name and my role so many times that I started to show my lanyard instead and stated this is me with a smile.
My placement for year 2 has been in the community and this has given me the opportunity to interact with patient within their home environment. I had the experience of building a good rapport with patients in view of therapeutic relationship. This was very important for me to know that I have the caring and compassion inbuilt in me to provide this interaction and I find it rewarding.
Understanding people is very important and be a good listener as sometimes it is all that is required with people who have mental health.
I can honestly say this second year has given me the confidence and made me assertive in what I do in placement. The second year is stressful, but if you plan it right then it does make it a bit better.