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wjma

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Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:07 am

Hi,

What do people think of their Grad Year. Has it lived up to expectations?

Liz

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Aug 05, 2008, 09:11 pm

Mine hasnt. The educator is hopeless at times, and ive only just today found out when im rotating to my next ward, a medical ward. Gives both managers like 1.5wks notice!!

Not much education at all, not many study days. Would like more.

kas

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Aug 25, 2008, 08:44 pm

Hi there, I have just started my new grad year in Mental Health Nursing in South West Sydney. I am enjoying it so far, I knew what I was getting into, I talked to alot of people before I started Mental Health. I have alot of friends that I went through University with that started their new grad year in general nursing at the beginning of the year. There has been a mixed response to the new grad year, mostly positive from my friends. Sometimes the rotation or area you are posted for a 3 month period, for example, may not be enjoyable, but I think it is only for one year so I think it would go quickly and you may as well stick it out, it is all part of the experience. Some of my friends are half way through a grad diploma of midwifery and they are finding this very hard but rewarding all the same, though they are counting down the days until the end of the year. I guess it is like anything you will look back on this year and think how quickly it went, like being at uni, those three years flew by....look at the positive....Kas

JayBird

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Aug 26, 2008, 12:44 am

Hi there,

I've only recently joined up after lurking for awhile!

To answer your Q - Mixed feelings here. So much depends on the individual staff who are rostered on with you each shift and the culture/work ethos on particular wards.

PRO's: I'm very happy with the range of experience that my rotations are providing; General Med, Surgical Specialty + ICU. X4 Study Days which have been really great covering a wide range of topics. Understanding and approachable preceptors (who aren't based on the ward so they aren't caught up in the ward cliques - every single workplace has 'em). The hosp. seems to retain staff well and morale is pretty good considering the size of the place (big).

CONS: I am certainly not the only grad who experiences this at my hosp.; Being allocated the heaviest load of patients on the ward and allocated junior En's to work with while the Senior staff who are long-term friends look after each other with lighter patients and work together with other senior staff because it is what they prefer [this occurs more regularly than not]. Besides being totally unfair - what about sharing some of that golden experience and knowledge around?

Some days cruise by and others nothing seems to go your way. It is really frustrating when you have family after family taking out their frustrations with the doctors and the public health system on YOU, even when they admit that they are actually happy with the nursing care they are receiving. Today was one of those kind of days and ontop of that the previous shift was messy and jobs left unfinished so we started behind the 8 ball. Sometimes there really is only so much one person can physically do in 8 hours even working at nurse speed ahem...pardon me, I meant warp speed.

I don't mean to sound preachy but; Give some thought to how you speak to your colleagues. I've seen some very young grads starting after me stuff it up big time and as we know 1st impressions count, and so many nurses are unforgiving to other nurses. The opposite is also true though - if you ask politely and don't butt in or act like your workload is more important than others - EVERYONE, yes, everyone is happy to answer a question; it's their chance to shine and show how much they know! Lol!!!
That said - DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK Q' s!!! I had a scary experience recently with a newly Enrolled Nurse who is overly confident and sincerely wants to prove herself. She wasn't sure what to do when she had post-op pt with a pulse Oximeter reading of 85%, so she charted the obs and did nothing. She didn't think to sit the pt up from their slumped position in bed, check pt's pain score or check the reading for accuracy or even apply Oxygen. Later with the same (poor) patient she supplied a emesis bag as requested by the patient and pulled the curtains around and proceeding to go and sit down - didn't tell a soul or check to see if any anti-emetics were written up for that patient! Eeek!!! Suffice to say, I'm very wary when I have to work with this person and feel I must always be checking their work as the RN I'm responsible in the end.

Surely a competent person (EN or RN) knows their scope of practice and the limits of their knowledge base and who to turn to for answers/guidance when help is required??? Common sense really is not common.

Still not sure what area I'd like to end up in yet... 1 more rotation to go, so I'm reserving my decision for now.

WJMA - Are you a current grad or a 3rd yr student? It would be great to hear some of your story...

Mark Loves Sharon & Karen

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Aug 31, 2008, 01:55 pm

Hey guys, I come to the table as on being both sides of the story. I am in my final year of RNs, and have been an EEN for 5 years. It is common practice for grad RNs & EENs to work together, it does teach good skills and promote autonomy, but they require indirect supervsion from the TL. It is a shame in JayBird's story about he new EN, and the desating pt. Their was a real life incident at Pacific Private Hospital in Gold Coast that has similiar aspects to this story. All new staff need support from seniors, because you will be the seniors soon enough, adn you will have to carry the fragile health care system into the future. Good Luck to you (Oh, and I guess that means me too.LOL)

silentjealous

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Sep 17, 2008, 10:51 pm

Hi all,

did anyone join the new graduate program in Royal Brisbane women hospital? any information about ward 9b north???

Liz

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