As a second year nursing student I felt mixed emotions of excitement and anxiety when I was thinking about my upcoming clinical placement because even though I have been working as a patient care assistant at Royal Darwin Hospital for a year and had already undergone clinical teaching block for one week . The responsibility of being a nurse is big and much complex than my current job [1.2 Fulfils the duty of care] especially when handling assigned patients. Thus, need to have a good supervision from my clinical preceptor to meet the best possible nursing care to my patient with in my scope of practice [2.5 Understands and practices within own scope of practice]. My four weeks of clinical placement was taken place in 2B ward (Surgical Unit) at Royal Darwin Hospital.
In the first day of my clinical placement we had an orientation together with the Clinical nurse educator, she told us about the rules and regulation of the ward and the do’s and don’ts inside the ward [2.2 Integrate organizational policies and guidelines with professional standards]. And after that she showed and toured us around the ward making sure that we student nurses will familiarized the area and know where to find fire exit, fire extinguishers and resuscitation trolley in case of emergency [1.3 Recognises and responds appropriately to unsafe or unprofessional practices ]. She also introduced us to the 2B nurses from different cultural backgrounds as we will be working with them for four weeks [2.3 Practices in the way that acknowledges the dignity, culture, values, beliefs and rights of individual/groups].
During my clinical placement there is one patient that really caught my attention. This patient was assigned to my care as part of my clinical training. He’s name is Mr. Wilson (Pseudonym) 46 yr old indigenous male patient 3 days post op; complete toe amputation left foot. He has history of diabetes mellitus for 10 yrs. When I entered in his room I notice...
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