Management placement on a day surgical unit please any words of wisdom

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Good morning , just about to head in got my first shift on my management placement , it’s a day surgery placement and I’m feeling a little anxious and scared ! Has anyone got tips etc learning materials. I’ve got a few articles suggested by the ward which I’ve read . But looking for other tips
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I had a placement in day surgery as a student and found that a lot of it was doing obs and making cups of tea for patients.
Once you've had a few shifts to settle in to the routine, you can start learning about what some of the procedures are. If they'll let you go to theatre to watch then do so!

Edit: management placement tips.
Ask to take your own caseload. Get settled in first though.
Always ask if unsure. Even the most experienced nurses don't know everything.
Make use of patient info leaflets, these will give a baseline knowledge to read further.
Find out what goes on re post op followup appointments. Does the patient need to go to their GP/practice nurse for anything? Do they need to go to clinic? (You'll potentially be the one organising this)
Talk to as many specialists as possible. They'll give you useful insights and information to build your knowledge.
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I had a placement in day surgery as a student and found that a lot of it was doing obs and making cups of tea for patients.
Once you've had a few shifts to settle in to the routine, you can start learning about what some of the procedures are. If they'll let you go to theatre to watch then do so!

Edit: management placement tips.
Ask to take your own caseload. Get settled in first though.
Always ask if unsure. Even the most experienced nurses don't know everything.
Make use of patient info leaflets, these will give a baseline knowledge to read further.
Find out what goes on re post op followup appointments. Does the patient need to go to their GP/practice nurse for anything? Do they need to go to clinic? (You'll potentially be the one organising this)
Talk to as many specialists as possible. They'll give you useful insights and information to build your knowledge.
Thankyou ever so much , it is generally obs but I like admission part as we can get to know the patients for a day any how lol first day done ✅
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Thankyou ever so much , it is generally obs but I like admission part as we can get to know the patients for a day any how lol first day done ✅
Glad you've made it through the first day!
If the team you work with also do daycase pre-admission stuff like the team I was with do (or did at the time), then it might be worth doing some shifts there too.
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