I have been fortunate enough to have 3 years of placement at King’s College Hospital. King’s is a major trauma centre, which meant that they received victims from the London terror attacks of 2017. I have had a range of placements including acute medical unit, elderly care, respiratory, Liver intensive therapy unit, neurosurgical and research. I had surgical orthopaedics as my final management placement which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was a placement I did not look forward to at the start because I wasn’t too keen on broken bones; broken bones made me feel weird. However, I went to that placement with an open mind and now I am going into my first role as a Trauma and Orthopaedics nurse.
The friends I have made in this course are the friends I will have for life because of the bond we’ve shared. We looked after each other and got each other through tough placements and stressful exam weeks. Adult nursing is not for everyone. You need to really want to be a nurse to get through 3 years of intense university-based learning, independent learning and placement. Not to mention maintaining a social life and making sure you still look after your own health and well-being. You need to be motivated, hardworking and committed because at the end of the day you are not just getting a degree, you are getting the privilege to look after people at their most vulnerable time. It has been challenging but I have enjoyed every moment of it.
I am starting my first role as a qualified nurse in September at a Trauma and Orthopaedics ward. There are so many different opportunities available as a nurse that I am not fully sure of what I want to do in the future. I am interested in becoming a Tissue Viability Nurse or a Limb Reconstruction Nurse, but there are endless nursing roles available that I might not even know of yet so this might change.