Moro (Greetings) from Cardiff!

Three weeks is behind for this exchange.  Live is begun to normalize over here, what is actually very nice.

We arrive with my friend Miia in Cardiff first of March. That trip takes Gatwick airport to Cardiff over five hours. We ride through to England by bus and neither did not any idea where we are whole the travel. Everywhere was so green and warm compared to Finland where was same time snow and minus degrees.

Finally we were Cardiff and University hospital of Wales where our placement starts in few days. Typically, we were lost again in Hospital district. Luckily Wales peoples are very friendly and help always when you look even little bit lost, so some friendly hospitals Security guard took us to our accommodation which was only 400 meters to hospital’s concourse.

University hospital of Cardiff main entrance
University hospital of Wales main entrance.

Next couple days went very fast when we orientated our wards and hospital and university district which are side by side.

I do my exchange time for two placements: medical/surgical and district and community nursing placements. My first placements are geriatric internal medicine ward C6. Most of patient is elder people who got some long-term diseases and dementia.  Ward got about 40 patients and it is separate in to two parts which they call “north and South”. North sides are men patients’ side and south side female patients side. I’ve been working both sides depend who is my mentor that day.

The care culture and nursing cultural are quite similar than Finland. Most of different goes to the right of nurses can do and can’t do: Example: In here basic qualified nurses don’t cannulate or Catheterizes men what are normal measures in Finland.

Second thing what is different is working clothes: we students wear purple (picture below the text) clothes, health care support workes (it’s like Finland practical nurse but without qualified and  authorized to issue medicines) wear green, registered nurses wear light blue, etc. Here’s the picture for example:

All Wales Nurses and Midwives uniform (Source: UHW)
Students work uniforms
The university held a small mistake at first: I asked L size work clothes but I got 4 XL. Maybe a little too big, right?

In here we make long shifts what means twelve and half hours workdays three times a week. I think that is great because you get more spare time!

In this couple weeks we are use our spare time for training and exploring the city and little bit neighboring towns also. We were day trip from Barry Island which it is very popular beach in summer.  There are also filmed some episodes of known TV series Dr. Who.

The day was a little foggy in Barry Island.
The day was a little foggy in Barry Island.

Last weekend was full of Rugby!  Friday we were in the city watching six nations game in the pub. (Six nations is tournament where plays England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France and Italy. Locals say that’s European Super Bowl) There was play Wales against Ireland. The game played in Principality Stadium what is in Cardiff central.  Wales won that game and I’ve been never see so a lot of people celebrating in the center. That was so crazy!

Principality Stadium.
Principality Stadium.

At next day we was watching local match Cardiff Blues vs. Munster rugby from Scotland.  That was great game but unfortunately Blues lost that game only few points. Atmosphere was almost as good as yesterday’s national team game.

Saturday's rugby game at Cardiff Arms Park.
Saturday’s rugby game at Cardiff Arms Park.

Okay, I think that this was all the stuff by summarized. It would be a lot of things I’d like to tell you and show but I believe That no one is feeling like to read it all if I do it. Until the next time.  -Jami

Pub near to Cardiff Castle. I did not take the risk.
Pub near to Cardiff Castle. I did not take the risk.

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