QUALITY OF CARE REPORT 2013-14

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Work experience in District Nursing


2pm----Olivia-Boyce-story-photo.jpgMy name is Olivia Boyce, and I am an 18-year-old nursing student from GOTafe Shepparton campus, studying my Diploma of Nursing. I hope to one day become a division one nurse, or an occupational therapist, and I currently work in aged care to gain as much experience as possible throughout my studies.

I recently completed a district nursing placement with the Waranga District Nursing Service. I spent two weeks based at the Rushworth campus of GV Health, experiencing the role of a district nurse.

In the beginning, I wasn’t sure what to expect of district nursing. I knew I would be travelling to the homes of clients and attending to their care needs, but as with any new experience I was unsure of what exactly I would encounter.

From the moment I entered the office of the Waranga District Nursing Service, I felt welcome. The nurses in Rushworth were nothing but friendly and approachable from day one, making the experience incredibly pleasant and enjoyable for me.

My experience has helped me to explore towns I was not previously familiar with. It has shown me the strength of spirit of the small communities in Victoria, who care for one another and give support to neighbours and other community members without expecting anything in return for their actions; something that is not seen so often anymore.

I have found district nursing to be a rewarding experience, having met some wonderful people, and seen some beautiful places.

The role of a district nurse is more varied than I had ever expected to find it. The district nurses provide a range of services, from simple phone calls to clients who may need just a check-up, to companionship and caring for the elderly or unwell clients.

I have had many opportunities to perform wound dressings, take observations and create a bond with regular clients. In previous practical experience, I had not had to use so many of these skills so I have found that my experience with the District Nurses has been incredibly insightful and rewarding. I have not only improved upon my nursing care skills, but developed many new skills and learnt to apply them into my nursing practice.

I would like to thank the GV Health Waranga District Nursing Service for being so welcoming and helpful, and the clients who allowed me into their homes, to practice my skills, and for allowing me to take a piece of these beautiful local communities away with me from this experience.

Regards,

Olivia Boyce
GO TAFE student

From the moment I entered the office of the Waranga District Nursing Service, I felt welcome. The nurses in Rushworth were nothing but friendly and approachable from day one, making the experience incredibly pleasant and enjoyable for me.