My internship and intercultural experience was not easy. Already during the application period I had some organisational problems: the target country I wanted to go declined my participation and I had to choose another country from “leftovers”
I chose Czech Republic. Bureaucracy process between TAMK and Tomas Bata University was surprisingly complicated. I arrived to Czech Republic 1.10.16, but I was not even registered as a student and had to wait three weeks before all papers were signed up.
During my internship I worked in Krajská nemocnice Tomáš Bati in four different departments : department of Anesthesiology and Resuscitation, ICU, Maternity Ward, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. I also had short-term practice at Emergency Department at regional hospital in Nové Město na Moravě.
KNTB Zlin (http://www.kntb.cz/kontakt). Hospital is huge, it has more then 10 buildings and about 25 departments including laboratories
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Nurses in Czech Republic work 12 hours shifts, max three shifts per week (for ex.: day – day – night)Due to language barrier I did not have supervisor neither proper time table. I had to negotiate (mostly in Czech) with had nurse and try to make my schedule look good, so i could get at least some hours done and reach my internship goals.
Although I had discussed my goals and working hours with international coordinator (he was responsible for all organization) we had some kind of misunderstanding till the end of my practicing. As a result my practicing period was more like tour around the hospitals. The longest time I spent at the department was 3 weeks, and after i had to move to another one. To the other hand I had seen more different working fields then i could do in Finland, and it is awesome.
There is no need to tell about differences between ergonomic and aseptic rules, stuff in hospitals I used to practice just simply do not pay any attention for that Also the doctors/ nurses anchorite is so high that patients/ customers just listen to them mouth open and do not participate in treatments/ healthcare planning.
Anyhow, I got priceless working and intercultural experience. I improved my professional skills, learned how to speak Czech and became confidence as a nurse.