Year 12 Nursing Work ExperienceOn the last week of term two, Year 12 students Jamila Sonko and Tara Duffy along with 9 students from other schools had the opportunity to participate in a week’s work experience at Redlands Hospital.
The week began with safety and hospital inductions, the girls then spent the rest of the week in pairs shadowing a nurse. This gave them an introduction to all the different wards and how they are run. They were shown into the operating rooms and had to dress accordingly (both girls agreed they were not very fashionable). The girls also had time to sit and talk with patients and listen to their stories, one in particular, from a paralysed man, hit home.
Jamila’s favourite ward was the nursery. Here she had the opportunity to observe care of new born babies and listen to their heart beats.
Tara’s favourite ward was the Stroke and Dementia. She found this experience gave her a good insight into how nurses have to deal with each patient’s different needs and what was required to care for them.
Jamila and Tara both agree that work experience is a fantastic opportunity which allows you to see how the career you are interested in works and gives you the knowledge to make informed career choices.