Wednesday, September 21, 2011

My First Two Days as A Nurse

Huh? Nurse?
Well yes... An "Interprofessional Experience" (IPE) they called it.
We are to shadow a nurse for 4 days during our Introductory to Clincal Learning (ICL) week.
Why are we shadowing a nurse, not a pharmacist, a physiotherapist, or a radiographer, or any other profession in the hospital?
Well I think it is because the lead for this ICL week is a nurse, and so are her team members.

So my IPE started yesterday, and surprisingly I was sent to Medical Assesment Unit, Chorley Hospital!
Fortunate enough, they provide an hourly shuttle bus between Chorley and Preston Hospitals.
The earliest bus is at 7.20am and I had to start walking out of house at 6.40am, which means I have to get up at 5.30am, which means I have to sleep at 10pm (yes, I still want to sleep 7hrs a day). The journey took approx 25mins.

I was supposed to wear my scrubs at all time, I was given two pairs of it two weeks ago.
I foolishly, carelessly brought two pairs of pants instead of a top and a bottom. So I wore my scrub pants, with a black tshirt. Duh! Looked vry weird but, so what? ;p
And the first thing they asked me to do was, serve breakfast.
I had no clue how to start doing, I've nvr even seen someone serving breakfast in a UK ward. In fact, that was my first time being in a UK ward.
Then came my batchmate, he's a local. He took the trolley and started putting in coffee, sugar and milk into the cups.

Apparently, we hv to ask the patients if they want coffee or tea for breakfast. And if they want sugar, the amount of sugar they want, and if they want it mixed with milk.
I felt like a stewardess.
"A strong coffee, with two sugars please"

Then I was asked to do something else.
The nurse told me, "Strip the beds".
And I was like, what?
Strip the beds? How? Up to which layer? There are many bedding layers. Do I strip them all of?
Do they change the beddings every morning? Or do I strip only the vacant beds, preparing for a new patient?
The nurses looked vry busy that they started speaking vry fast to a point that I swear I cant understand them. I hate the accent. So even if I go and ask them, I wont understand their instructions.

One of the patient was on her chair, and I went to ask her if they nurses change the beddings everyday. She then started showing me how to change the bedsheets. Hahaha... I guess she's a regular there. While I was halfway stripping the bed, the nurse came in and started doing the bed nxt to me. I then started imitating her... Fuh! No grave error done.

And let me just stop here or I will start boring the readers to death.
That's all for now, I gotta go back and cook dinner.
Oh my, I am cooking dinner for myself now.
That's a success!
Wanna know an even greater success?
I cooked 3 whole chickens, lemak cili api for the latest open house.
I can't believe myself.

With that, adios!

-Because life is a test-



  1. Hahaha. Sorry, I don't know if it's OK to find this funny, but like many of your posts, I can't help laughing at what you write.

    My guess as to why you need to tail a nurse is 'cos they probably do more "doctoring" than the actual doctors themselves, i.e. the nurses do the day-in, day-out interaction with the patient and helping them in their treatment, (as opposed to diagnosis, pharma course recommendation...)

    So getting the nurses eye is going to help you be more 'rounded' (as they say). You get a better appreciation of actual, real health care.

    But I'm struggling to understand how serving tea and coffee aid that.

    You hate the accent? oh dear. I hope it will grow on you (maybe it will even rib off on you :p)

  2. Haha.. it is totally OK to find it funny, not that i'm writing abt a serious matter.

    I hate the accent for now. I even got the whole ward to start wondering which is the correct pronunciation of "scone". Apparently, some pronounce as "skon" while some "skoun". i had to serve that for one of the meals and the patient cant get what I was trying to say. =.="

  3. LOL. If you want to sound 'posh' you will say it as "scown" (as in: I 'own' this thing). If your street trash like me, you say skon :)