I’m over half way through my nursing first semester and I thought I’d write something about my experiences. So here we are.
First of all, I had to get my head around the way that my semester and school was run.
To break it down, our semester is basically set in two parts. The first is content learning, where we go through four to five units of content in 9 weeks and do all of our assignments etc. The second half of our semester is our practical placements/ a break. In first semester (AKA Stage 1) we only complete 1 week of practical placement and it is almost exclusively in an aged care facility.
The first half was definitely the most challenging. I took four units as I am in the single degree of nursing. I was aiming for the double nursing and midwifery degree, but alas I didn’t get a high enough score.
All of the nursing classes consist of what’s called a flipped classroom. Instead of going to lectures and doing most of the learning deep learning separately, the nursing school has decided to provide us with Interactive Learning Activities (ILA’s) that act as our lectures and often link out to youtube videos that usually add to our learning. We then have on campus tutorials that go through the content learnt, usually in teams, that extends our knowledge. I found this really good as it made me responsible for what I got out of the ILA’s and also how I interacted in the tutorials.
Arguably, the most important unit we have is our practical unit. Here we go through the useful skills we will need to care for patients in the future. We have a demonstration ward that is an almost exact copy of a hospital ward and this allows us to practice in a real world setting; without the possibility of hurting someone while we are learning. This follows on with a practical placement where we use the skills we’ve learnt; firstly in an aged care facility.
I learnt so much in my practical placement. Not necessarily skills wise but about myself, and what I can truly handle. I honestly thought that I would find the placement incredibly confronting and hard to handle, and although I did have some moments where I found it hard to grasp what I was seeing, I did pretty well.
Now I’m heading into revision city. I have about 4 and a half weeks left until my end of semester exams. One of which I have to pass otherwise I fail the course (I’m not scared you are) I’m planning my revision schedule tomorrow, and honestly, I’m not looking forward to it.
That’s it. Half way through.
Seeya next time