my work experience in Bristol at the Spire hospital (“The Glen“)
My name is Merle and I am currently training to become a general nurse in Germany at the Ev. Amalie Sieveking- Krankenhaus in Volksdorf. I´m in my fourth year of training. I am also doing a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing Science at the Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften in Hamburg. I was given the opportunity to come to Bristol between the 10th of August 2015 and the 20th of September 2015 for work experience through the ERASMUS scholarship program.
my experience on the ward
I had the chance to work on different wards within the hospital. I worked in the Paediatric Department, on the adult ward, in the Theatre (we were able to watch some fascinating surgery such as a child’s Scoliosis operation), in the Recovery Room, in the HDU (High Dependency Unit) and in the long-stay and short-stay recovery wards.
my duties and responsibilities
I had a wide range of responsibilities within the hospital, including:
- Admission (stocking, observations à checking vital-signs…& paperwork!)
- Taking the patient down to Theatre – into the anaesthetic room
- Drug-rounds (with my mentor)
- Picking up patients from recovery (after the procedure)
- Post-Op (documentation & observation)
- Discharging patients
It was such a great opportunity to experience nursing in another country – especially in Bristol and within this private hospital. I completely fell in love with the work as a nurse, as well as the country and the people. I really would like to work at “The Glen” one day because everyone, even the consultants, appreciate your work. All in all, I have to say it was such a good experience working on the ward with such a supportive team!!