Tuesday through to yesterday I worked four afternoon shifts. Tuesday I was out at Parkville for the first time in my history of employment with the Health Group.
Tuesday was also the day that Melbourne had extreme weather forecast, and the forecast was unusually correct. My first time in charge of this facility was more than exciting. I was completing my diabetic medication round when strong winds, gushing rains and an electrical storm hit Parkville. I got the staff to move residents away from the windows of the dining room areas as trees threatened to break through. This proved to be a good move as the glass double doors on the lower level of the facility were smashed in and rain was coming through. Not just rain, but the gusting winds were also entering the lower floor aswell. Code Yellow was phoned through to switch. Security and bed manager had to come on over, through the storm, to secure the doors.
"Trust this to go down on my first shift here" is what I exclaimed, haha. Apart from that, the staff were awesome to work with and I just loved the residents. It was very busy, and even with the doors smashing, my time management was not thrown that far out of whack. I will return if needed in the future. It is a different type of nursing, not by any means a slower pace, but much different to the acute settings I have become familiar with these past 10 years or so.
Wednesday I worked in the Emergency Department. It was by far the busiest shift I have ever worked there. What is going on out there? 17 admissions between myself and my awesome male colleague.. we had 7 cubicles between us. My legs ached by the time my shift was complete, despite wearing my $200 Rockport shoes.
For the first time ever I ducked through a Drive Through Bottle Shop and bought myself a Strongbow Sweet Cider. Not the usual practice I can tell you. The attenant told me his "Mrs" was an ambulance officer, he said she had been to my hospital that night. I told him I reckon I probably met her on more than one occasion that evening. They do an amazing job too.
Thursday I worked with another awesome team of nurses on the Renal/Endocrine Unit. Absolutely busy, my time management planner worked well this shift. I felt good when I left work as everyone was settled for the night and their rooms were tidy for the night staff. Essential when and if you have a code and need to rush into a room. You do not need to be tripping over things that are left lying about.
Last night I worked on the Plastics/Trauma Unit. Worked with another awesome crew of girls. Each patient is so varied in their presentations to hospital, and in the operations that the surgeons perform for each of them. Care tailored is to each of their needs and discharge plans by the nurses and allied health teams. Run off our feet, thinking on all levels every time we do something for the patient. It keeps your skills up to date and not a shift goes by that I do not learn something on this ward.
When I got home I sat and watched some of the American version "So you think you can dance". Wow, they are all so amazing on this show, I only WISH I could dance like that!
That caps off my week of work. Today and tomorrow are rest days..if you can call looking after four kids "rest days"..yeah..right :) We may go for a drive up to Dayelsford or something. See my cousin before she has her 6th bambino.