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The Esperance experience
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.