At the end of her rural placement, this is what Jenna has to say…
For my rural placement I was lucky enough to be located in my hometown at Whyalla. The ward I was allocated was Guduya ward which was on the ground floor of the new wing of the hospital. It is separated into three wings: Wing A Rehabilitation, Wing B Palliative Care and Medical, Wing C Mental Health. As students we rotated around wing A and B.
My first rotation was on wing A. The patients on this ward were all in for rehabilitation after suffering strokes or leg amputations. This experience allowed me to learn a lot about different types of strokes and how, in many cases, uncontrolled diabetes can lead to amputations. I also experienced how different allied health teams work together to achieve a holistic level of care to ultimately help patients regain as much independence as possible before they go home or go into further care.
My second rotation was on wing B of Guduya Ward. This was mainly a palliative care ward as well as any medical and rehabilitation overflow. This ward was much busier during the time of my placement. My time on this ward allowed me to make connections between patient’s medical conditions and the use of the medications that they are prescribed. My experience at Whyalla Hospital was one that allowed me to further my knowledge due to the slower pace of the ward, which gave me opportunity to practice thorough one on one care that wouldn’t have been possible in a city location.