Saturday, 11 November 2017

Paediatric Inter-Hospital Retrieval!

I've been racking my brain for a few weeks now as to what I should do my dissertation topic on. I don't want to get too excited in case I can't find enough literature out there to make it work, but I think I've chosen on a subject area! I'm interested in doing my dissertation on parental experiences of their child being retrieved from a hospital to a paediatric tertiary centre.

I'm interested in emergency situations and critical care, and there are a few times I've seen transfers that have seemed like a complicated, scary otherworld, but also really interesting. I remember my first ever placement in first year on the ward, and there was a young child who was very unwell and was being intubated and stabilised prior to retrieval, and the parents were sat there watching (and obviously very anxious). I was there to help the nurse I was with doing regular obs while she administered all the medications and fluids the child required, but I was very conscious of the fact the parents were watching and not really knowing what was going on. This was really obvious to me in regards to the fact I didn't know what was going on. If the situation happened to me now I know enough that I'd be able to talk through some of the things that are happening, but back then I was only just getting to grips with observations - and intubation, catheters, all the medications, the way a hospital works etc. were very foreign to me! That lack of knowledge annoyed me as that's why I didn't go over and explain what was happening (and there were members of staff that periodically updated them, but it would have been great to have someone sit with them during the process), and the basis of why I'm interested in this experience.

Since then I've seen only a couple of other retrievals, both very different as one was on the ward and another was a neonatal transfer. The inter-hospital environment seems like a very unique one, and not one I'd really put much thought into before mind-mapping all the different things that interested me for my dissertation.

So - more literature searching needs to be done, alongside planning for my mock next week, the other essay I need to start and a simulated scenario the week after next!

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Hello again!

As some of you might know (probably those of you who follow me on twitter!), when I was a first year, and for a little of my second year, I used to blog! I wrote about my experiences of university life and placement, and I've started to miss it. So, for my last few months as a student nurse, I thought I would start afresh and document the last few months until I qualify. I'm still a little surprised I'm nearing the end, and this time next year I'll be a qualified nurse in my first post. Scary/exciting!

I'm in university at the moment, and have three modules: complex care of children and their families, decision-making, and the dissertation (which counts as a double module). Tomorrow morning I have my first meeting with my dissertation supervisor, so I'm looking forward to hopefully deciding on my topic so I can start tentatively doing a literature search. The course is pretty busy at the moment, with a mock exam about cystic fibrosis next week, and a practical simulation session the week after with lots of skills that I need to brush up on in case they come up! I have an essay I also need to start, and some trusts are just starting to release dates for recruitment days and open days which is a lot earlier than I thought. I have no idea what area I actually want to work in, but have a few ideas where in the UK I'd like to live so that's a start.

I've also volunteered to help in the first year's BLS session next month, which I'm looking forward to as I used to be chair of the university's first aid society and helped teach first aid then, so teaching first years will be enjoyable. It feels like so long ago that I was a first year, but also equally as odd to think that it was only 2016, last year, that I had my first ever placement?! I know a lot more than I did back then (I hope!) but I also don't feel like I know enough at all - a feeling that I think I'll probably have forever. Annoying that I can't know everything, haha! I'm also the social sec for the nursing society on campus, which means I organise our social events, and I'm currently planning a Christmas meal which will be a great opportunity to chat to first and second years, as well as relaxing with other third years.

That's it from me - for now! :-)