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The Esperance experience

1 Mar 2021

Emily Bean feels fortunate that she completed her nursing degree with a placement in Esperance in Western Australia. Here she outlines all the reasons why.

Gain­ing a place­ment in the Emer­gency Depart­ment in Esper­ance Hos­pi­tal for my final stage six Reg­is­tered Nurse clin­i­cal practicum was ide­al for me to con­clude my stud­ies, as I was able to put into prac­tice all the skill and knowl­edge I have learned through­out my degree. 

Many oppor­tu­ni­ties were made avail­able to me, and I was great­ly sup­port­ed by the Reg­is­tered Nurs­es I was work­ing along­side in devel­op­ing my skills, con­fi­dence, and inde­pen­dence, aid­ing my tran­si­tion into the nurs­ing pro­fes­sion. Every day I was devel­op­ing my ther­a­peu­tic rela­tion­ships, knowl­edge and skills base. 

Esper­ance is an amaz­ing place. As it is a port, farm­ing and all-round active town, I was exposed to a large-rang­ing demo­graph­ic with­in the pop­u­la­tion and to a mul­ti­tude of cas­es: machin­ery inflict­ed injuries, falls, bro­ken bones, impale­ments, motor vehi­cle acci­dents, aller­gic reac­tion, COVID-19 precautions/​testing, men­tal health issues and drug and alco­hol misuse. 

I am so grate­ful for the expe­ri­ence of being on a remote place­ment – faced with all the chal­lenges and lim­i­ta­tions that come with the iso­la­tion and lack of spe­cial­ists and resources.

I was chal­lenged to push myself and to con­tin­ue my pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment and edu­ca­tion whilst on my clin­i­cal practicum. 

I feel that this place­ment in Esper­ance Emer­gency Depart­ment has great­ly ben­e­fit­ed me, built my con­fi­dence and self-belief, and pre­pared me for the real world. 

I am excit­ed to be able to start my nurs­ing career on com­ple­tion of my bachelor’s degree at the end of 2020

I hope to work remote­ly, and after my expe­ri­ence in Esper­ance Emer­gency Depart­ment, thanks to the CRANAplus spon­sor­ship scheme, I am going to do every­thing I can to achieve my goal.