As cliche as it sounds, I always wanted to be in the medical field. My mother and Aunty were nurses and I lived the stories growing up. The time was right to study after a 12yr career as a nanny traveling the world, the child I had at the time was off to big school so I applied to study.
I have just completed a new graduate nursing program at the Emerald Hospital in Central Queensland. This was comprised of a seven-month rotation in Emergency and months on a medical ward. Isolation and lack of resources in a rural setting provided many a challenge. Personally through it was challenging to find my feet and trust my knowledge and instincts, when transitioning from student to RN.
Trust your instincts, they are usually right
- working as a team is the most important part of nursing.
- time management is paramount
There is not just one, however caring for the elderly as an Assistance in Nursing came with its challenges and learning to remain calm, think quickly and have a great poker face has helped me tremendously in acute care. I got lots of great experience while working with HNG that really helped hone my skills for later on
Working for HNG was my first ever nursing position, the support from the team was so important for a training nurse, especially being out in the field alone. The clinical and admin staff alike were always a great support to me along the way, always only a phone call away. I believe the role of a mentor is extremely important. While starting out as a nurse is both daunting and rewarding, we learn from those who have walked the path before us. My mentors have taught me so many valuable lessons, from looking at a situation differently to how to cope when it all feels too much.
My advice is simple
- trust your instincts
- Always ask for help, there are no stupid questions and you are not expected to know everything, we are always learning.
- lean on those around you for support
- Always, always treat those you are caring for as if it were a family member, this will keep you kind.