My name is Natalie and I am currently studying a degree in nursing. A large part of my degree is the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) requirement to complete a certain amount of hours in clinical placement. This amounts to 50% of the time in my degree, whilst the other 50% is theory based.
A warm welcome
As you can imagine, it can be an anxious task, heading out into new settings on many occasions to join a new team and area. As a student nurse, you are faced with non-stop assignments and exams as well being the ‘newbie’ everywhere you go on placement. The warm welcome I received from Brendoncare Stildon, part of a superb organisation, took a huge weight off my shoulders!
Not knowing what to expect can be daunting. A week before I commenced my placement at Stildon, I received a friendly email introducing me to the home. This was followed up by a phone call that answered all my questions and reassured all my nerves. Straight away I felt at home.
I commenced my two month placement and was introduced to an experienced, caring and hard working team, who have all taught me different things which I will carry with me throughout my degree. The staff ensure residents are comfortable and happy whilst promoting independence. This is a valuable thing to see as a student nurse. Medication rounds are done with care and precision, and observing this has allowed me to extend my skills massively. The afternoons are often filled with fun packed activities that have led me to being beaten in dominoes numerous times! Having residents tell you stories and sing you songs makes the hard work worthwhile.
What I have learnt
With the support of an integrated team, I have extended my knowledge on dressings, personal care, interpersonal communication skills, problem solving and so much more. I have watched the nurses liaise with outside agencies to promote holistic care to the carers, ensuring residents feel at home and receive essential care. All members of staff have an important role in the home and they deliver it fantastically. I feel lucky to have witnessed such compassionate care so early into my degree.
I would highly recommend all student nurses to experience nursing in a residential home, as there is so much to be learnt!