Poole Hospital – #MyPlacementStory

My name is Jess and I’m a second year studying
to be an Operating Department Practitioner at Bournemouth University. So an average day, you normally start at about
8am and you’ll come in and check all of your anesthetic equipment, make sure you are ready
for the day, make sure you’ve got all the appropriate drugs and everything ready for
the patients you are going to have in that day. You’ll all of your airways equipment ready,
all of the drugs ready, and just make sure that everything is available for the list
to run smoothly. At Poole Hospital we do a lot of major surgeries
as well, which can take quite a few hours, but then there are also surgeries which will
last only a few minutes and so it really varies from day to day depending on what surgery
you are going to be doing. I would say it is important to do a lot of
the reading around the topic, because particularly when you are doing a placement-based course,
a lot of your time is spent on placement. Making sure you’ve read about it before you
come in, make sure that everything really comes to life when you are actually on your
work placement. It prepares you more for the workplace and
its definitely very interesting to see all of the things you learn in your university
blocks come to life a bit when you are on your work placement. It definitely really helps in applying your
skills to practice. It prepares you for working life as well. The best thing I have been able to do on placement
would be caring for a variety of patients, being able to provide individualised care. The care that we provide in the operating
department is physiological but it is also psychological, being that a lot of patients
who come in here are very scared, you don’t know what they’ve been through before they’ve
come to you. Getting the satisfaction of being able to
be that hand to hold or calm someone down when they are about to go through something
that can be quite scary, it is something that is really satisfying.From our point of view,
we are looking at our students as potential employees so we’ve always said to our students
that it is the longest interview they will ever have because they are with us for two
years. During that time we get to nurture them, we
get to work with them and we hopefully get them to a point where they register as practitioners
for the future. When we look at practitioners, we want practitioners
to work in our department but also we’ve got to think about practitioners who work on a
national basis as well and obviously we want to be able to work with students who can be
transferable, whether they work at Poole or whether they work in Southampton or whether
they work in Manchester.

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