It’s been while that last writing in here. The time was gone really quickly!
So couple weeks ago i ended my first placement at what was my medical/surgical placement. Mostly i was working the ward C6 what is internal disease ward but couple my mentor also arrange to me observation to endoscopy unit, epilepsy unit and day with specialist nurse who arrange discharged to other hospital, care home or home. Actually i met one Finnish Neuropsychologist who working in epilepsy unit!
Last week i stared my community nursing placement and was in rheumatology unit. The unit has a pair of doctors, five nurses and a secretary. Patients with different rheumatic diseases are in the unit and every day. On a basic day, the unit was administered rheumatoid patients in drug therapy, life style (eating, exercise, etc.) and given the medications the patient needed. Generally, the medicines are administered intravenously, so I was usually only tracking the treatments. Here, a nurse student can not get cannulated or do IV treatments until after graduation and have been at work for a while and received extra training. Also i was observation Doctors clinic what they do in there.
This week i was working with Glamorgan Community Resource Service Team (VCRS) who keep base in the Barry Hospital. Team idea is produce services that can help people avoid hospital admissions or get them back into the community after a hospital stay.
Team is new and teams include to nurses, the team includes physiotherapists, nutritionists, occupational therapists, social workers, speech therapists and care staff. The team was founded in 2014 and is second in the Wales. Mostly i was worked with nurses but i also I acquainted with the work of occupational therapists and nutritionists. Normally, there were about 2-3 meetings per day in which the team mapped the client’s needs so that the client could live as long as possible at home. That was very interesting week because in Finland we don’t have teams like that and i got change observation life in community.
During these weeks I have also gained insight into how the nurse’s work and education differ from the nurse in Finland. For example, nursing training lasts for three years, when they qualification to the “staff nurse” then usually worked for at least two years in the ward, after which it is possible to specialize in a particular area (eg internal diseases, mental health, etc). Another thing that is different is the pay. The nurse’s salary rises every year for seven years when they are senior nurses.
One part of how I’m familiar with local culture and life is rugby. Wales is a proud rugby country. I found myself here a team named Llanishen Rugby football club. Llanishen is the district of Cardiff. In fact, the team wanted to make me a story on their website because I was the first Finnish player in their team. (link: http://llanishen.rfc.wales/web/newsitem.aspx?n=dc32fb76-9515-4a4b-b2e3-6fd497640a3f) The season ends next week here. Except to me, because the Finnish rugby season begins very shortly. I was able to play three games during the spring and I’m very grateful for that. Anyone who has ever said that sport is a common language is absolutely right on this issue!
Next week i start my last part of Community nursing placement in district nursing. It’s really great to see what it is like here because I’ve worked in Finland myself district nurse.
That’s all this time!
All the best.