If you have been playing along at home, you will know that I am now, just over two thirds of the way through a Bachelor of Nursing degree. Yes. this time next year – I WILL be a Registered Nurse (Div 1). Hold onto your hats.
I won’t lie, it’s been an incredibly hard slog. Studying full-time, whilst parenting four children, and partnering a husband, AND taking care of myself – it’s super hard work. There have been many tears. Actually – more than I can ever count. There are a whole lot of sacrifices – by all of us. We make it work. We deal with the unwashed washing, the ‘not spotlessly clean home’, the haphazard showering routine, and the incredibly stressed and increasingly (towards assessment time) vague mama.
The light at the end of the tunnel is getting bigger – it makes me a little sad – as I am enjoying the ride, but I am also incredibly excited to see where I am headed, post-degree.
Last week, I attended #nurseyschool – Simulation block. A VERY ‘full on’ yet exhilarating week of practical learning and assessment. I study with Charles Darwin University – my degree is online/external – so a part of the course involves SIM placement (each year), where we put a the theory into practice, before setting out of placement, IN. A. REAL. HOSPITAL.
CDU has a campus in Melbourne, the lecturers /teaching team, are a wealth of information, and perfectly suited to imparting a vast amount of knowledge to a bunch of inexperienced (actually – many students are already employed within the heath sector as Enrolled Nurses, Assistants in Nursing and the like…), overwhelmed, mostly mature-age students. Of which – I am one. Inexperienced. I have zero medical background. All the knowledge I have is thanks to textbooks, and Mackenzies lengthy ‘medical-career’! The lecturers are very in tune to the needs of each student, and have incredibly high expectations – AND….. they do not hesitate to help the students reach the high standards that are expected, with the perfect amount of fun and frivolity thrown in for good measure.
I embraced the week, both ‘in-school’ and out! I stayed at the Jasper Hotel, and thoroughly enjoyed being without my family. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE them dearly – but let’s be frank – I have ZERO time to socialise, and going out to dinner of an evening, with friends, is pretty much unheard of (not having a whinge – just stating the fact!). I certainly made the most of my time away – jogging the picturesque Tan track, gorging myself at the Wednesday Night Markets, Captain Melville and the most delicious indian restaurant EVER. Let’s not forget the daily gozleme and banana/nutella borek.
My fellow students were all up for a laugh, and we were all exceedingly supportive to each other through the stress of the OSCA (not a statue awards ceremony, but a practical assessment), and fast paced learning environment. A big shout out to Sue, Matt, Chris and Kim – teaching team extraordinaire, the week could have gone completely pear-shaped without your support!
The photographs that follow depict the ‘out of school’ part of my week – the part where I stepped well and truly out of my comfort zone, and explored the city, socialised with new people (for me, a RARE occurrence), and gorged myself silly!
Check out that corridor – is it just me, or does that say ‘come at me’!!!
The night-view across the river, post-Tan run!
Oh – the food!
Thanks for having me Melbourne and CDU – see you again next year!