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    Had last lecture today (Seeing as i go on holiday Saturday, meaning i miss the last official one!)

    Hello 2nd, just round the corner. Arrgghhhh!!!
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    Ok Im freaking out slightly about third year now..*breathe*
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    Possibly a long shot but, has anybody had a placement with community matrons or within a prision?
    Did you find them at all benificial?

    Ive been given a chance to apply for these as a 2nd year placement, just wanted some insight before i go doing anything.
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    (Original post by Becky_90)
    Possibly a long shot but, has anybody had a placement with community matrons or within a prision?
    Did you find them at all benificial?

    Ive been given a chance to apply for these as a 2nd year placement, just wanted some insight before i go doing anything.


    Ooo i'll be off to a prison SOON, its very good if you want to see what its like with a bit more autonomy; critical care aswell and mental health. Its all very interlinked- I think you have to be very open minded though

    As for the community matrons- good if you enjoy a lot of management and paperwork side of nursing!
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    Anyway going abroad for an elective by any chance?

    I really want to do something different for my elective.. but i'm torn between attempting to do something specialised in this country or possibly going abroad!
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    Cheers subcut

    (Original post by dani_88)
    Anyway going abroad for an elective by any chance?

    I really want to do something different for my elective.. but i'm torn between attempting to do something specialised in this country or possibly going abroad!
    I know exactly what you mean.
    At the moment nothing takes my fancy as future work/specialisms so im the same as you with elective ideas.

    Where you thinking of going abroad?
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    I don't get an elective, we have the chance to go abroad for our critical care placement in 3rd year- but its 3 months in either norway or malta, and I still have bills to pay a job to do..cats to look after, house to look after that I don't think I can afford to do it
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    (Original post by Subcutaneous)
    I don't get an elective, we have the chance to go abroad for our critical care placement in 3rd year- but its 3 months in either norway or malta, and I still have bills to pay a job to do..cats to look after, house to look after that I don't think I can afford to do it
    That really is a shame. We got the chance to do the short stay version, I went to Spain for a fortnight and I feel I really benefitted from it. There really was a difference, both staff and patients have a completely different attitude.
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    (Original post by Becky_90)
    Cheers subcut



    I know exactly what you mean.
    At the moment nothing takes my fancy as future work/specialisms so im the same as you with elective ideas.

    Where you thinking of going abroad?
    Poss France/Switz.

    One of my coursemates has already been accepted to a hospital in Perth - that would be pretty amazing! But i couldn't afford to go anywhere like oz :p:

    Might just try and get somewhere specialist in the uk but no idea what!
    My trust is lucky enough to have quite a lot of specialist wards and depts.. so i really don't have a scoobie atm.

    Seriously, this last week is DRAGGGINGGGGGG!
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    (Original post by dani_88)
    Anyway going abroad for an elective by any chance?

    I really want to do something different for my elective.. but i'm torn between attempting to do something specialised in this country or possibly going abroad!
    I did my elective in Brisbane, Australia and it was amazing. In mental health the cultural differences between Oz and England are so vast and so it really was an interesting learning experience for me. However I have not managed to get out of my overdraft since going to Oz so for financial reasons I probably wouldn't recommend it!!
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    Ohhh my goodness, i had the night shif to end all night shifts it was AWFUL!

    - A patient tried to empty his stoma which had a high output and it went EVERYWHERE
    - We needed some patients for cannulation as some had tissued- or they'd become acutely unwell in the night, and the CSW came along and basically fobbed off those he thought didn't need them...somehow this included a patients whose BP was steadily dropping, HR rising and was confused and another who needed a PCA reconnecting

    - Another patients stoma kept leaking, it was a botched surgery- but has resulted in it being very angry and the bag not sitting properly..so we had to constantly suction and clean her up, bless her
    - Another patient had a suspected TIA..
    - Patient in the ward next door arrested and as its an adjoining/linked ward this affected our staffing levels for a while
    - Many patients in the night who could very easily walk suddenly aquired hospital paralysis within an hour of it going dark

    - and I've gone and got 2 blisters on my feet

    argh!
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    (Original post by Subcutaneous)
    Ohhh my goodness, i had the night shif to end all night shifts it was AWFUL!

    - A patient tried to empty his stoma which had a high output and it went EVERYWHERE
    - We needed some patients for cannulation as some had tissued- or they'd become acutely unwell in the night, and the CSW came along and basically fobbed off those he thought didn't need them...somehow this included a patients whose BP was steadily dropping, HR rising and was confused and another who needed a PCA reconnecting

    - Another patients stoma kept leaking, it was a botched surgery- but has resulted in it being very angry and the bag not sitting properly..so we had to constantly suction and clean her up, bless her
    - Another patient had a suspected TIA..
    - Patient in the ward next door arrested and as its an adjoining/linked ward this affected our staffing levels for a while
    - Many patients in the night who could very easily walk suddenly aquired hospital paralysis within an hour of it going dark

    - and I've gone and got 2 blisters on my feet

    argh!
    hospital paralysis?
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    (Original post by smilee172)
    hospital paralysis?
    ah, its a term used- some patients when go into hospital, kind of sometimes put a mental block on themselves and what they actually CAN do. A lot tend to loose independance, I don't know why and a lot of the time i suspect its simply the environment and the concept of being 'ill' - but because a nurse is around, it seems to be easier to get them to do it!
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    (Original post by Subcutaneous)
    ah, its a term used- some patients when go into hospital, kind of sometimes put a mental block on themselves and what they actually CAN do. A lot tend to loose independance, I don't know why and a lot of the time i suspect its simply the environment and the concept of being 'ill' - but because a nurse is around, it seems to be easier to get them to do it!
    Something to do with that the minute they're admitted they put their PJs on, then can't do anything for themselves until their wife turns up on discharge day with a wheelchair even though they're capable of walking to their local let alone the front entrance?

    They scatter sweet wrappers and tissues all over the bed, chair, table and floor and then blame 'The Staff In This Place Are So Dirty' even though there's a waste recepticle within touching distance?

    Even though they can walk the legnth of the hospital, after the lights go out they must have a commode/bedpan to pass faeces in and make the whole bay smell of it all night long rather than walk out to the toilet?
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    (Original post by Perfect_Gent)
    Something to do with that the minute they're admitted they put their PJs on, then can't do anything for themselves until their wife turns up on discharge day with a wheelchair even though they're capable of walking to their local let alone the front entrance?

    They scatter sweet wrappers and tissues all over the bed, chair, table and floor and then blame 'The Staff In This Place Are So Dirty' even though there's a waste recepticle within touching distance?

    Even though they can walk the legnth of the hospital, after the lights go out they must have a commode/bedpan to pass faeces in and make the whole bay smell of it all night long rather than walk out to the toilet?

    Oh it sounds very familiar. There is definately a link between being in pyjamas and not!

    Or the classic 'I can't do that' when I saw them 20 minutes ago with the physio doing absoloutely fine!

    I can't stand commodes by the bedside, I think its absoloutely unpleasent for the patients in the bay and for infection control.
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    (Original post by Subcutaneous)
    ah, its a term used- some patients when go into hospital, kind of sometimes put a mental block on themselves and what they actually CAN do. A lot tend to loose independance, I don't know why and a lot of the time i suspect its simply the environment and the concept of being 'ill' - but because a nurse is around, it seems to be easier to get them to do it!
    ahh, 'the sick role'! I gotcha now. Too right though lol I think if I was a patient I'd be the same!!
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    (Original post by smilee172)
    ahh, 'the sick role'! I gotcha now. Too right though lol I think if I was a patient I'd be the same!!

    When I went into hospital a couple of weeks ago I HATED being a patient, I was AWFUL. I was doing everything myself..kept pressing the button on the obs machine every 10 minutes so the nurse didn't have to keep coming and doing it, took out my own venflon, showed the nurse where i thought there was a vein..I was awful lol
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    (Original post by Subcutaneous)
    When I went into hospital a couple of weeks ago I HATED being a patient, I was AWFUL. I was doing everything myself..kept pressing the button on the obs machine every 10 minutes so the nurse didn't have to keep coming and doing it, took out my own venflon, showed the nurse where i thought there was a vein..I was awful lol
    Haha you must be a nightmare patient!! I would just be submissive and be like ah.. I can't be bothered, do it for me then again a relative of mine got admitted to hospital with depression and I probably was a royal pain in the ass then!
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    (Original post by Subcutaneous)
    When I went into hospital a couple of weeks ago I HATED being a patient, I was AWFUL. I was doing everything myself..kept pressing the button on the obs machine every 10 minutes so the nurse didn't have to keep coming and doing it, took out my own venflon, showed the nurse where i thought there was a vein..I was awful lol
    When I was in for my op a couple of months ago I was on a ward post op that I'd been on placement on. It was a bit funny having somebody I know quite well and is a friend of mine on Facebook (and I'm quite choosy) giving me IM morphine in my bum.

    I was the model patient apart from telling them it was okay for me to eat when I wanted to (I'm a veggie and after my previous op they'd stopped me being discharged until after I'd eaten and then couldn't provide a veggie option for hours) and telling the doctors what pain relief I wanted them to give me. It was so frustrating though.
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    (Original post by Perfect_Gent)
    When I was in for my op a couple of months ago I was on a ward post op that I'd been on placement on. It was a bit funny having somebody I know quite well and is a friend of mine on Facebook (and I'm quite choosy) giving me IM morphine in my bum.

    I was the model patient apart from telling them it was okay for me to eat when I wanted to (I'm a veggie and after my previous op they'd stopped me being discharged until after I'd eaten and then couldn't provide a veggie option for hours) and telling the doctors what pain relief I wanted them to give me. It was so frustrating though.

    Oh i'd hate to have someone I know treat me, I wouldn't take them serious enough!

    I got my exam results today, a very healthy 78%! Looks like i'd be finishing second year with a 1st! :woo:
 
 
 
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