At the end of her rural placement, this is what Caitlin has to say…
My name is Caitlin and I am currently on my rural nursing placement in Kimba, South Australia. Kimba officially opened in 1876 and was proclaimed a township in 1915. Today, the population of the township is approximately 650 people.
We traveled 475km from Adelaide and arrived to a warm welcome at the hospital, shown our dormitories and shared facilities and after eating, went to bed quite tired from the day. The next morning, we were oriented to the hospital, staff and residents. There are designated rooms for aged care residents who can no longer live alone, a palliative room for people requiring end stage care and acute rooms for admitted patients staying less than 35 days. Locum doctors will visit most days to assess and make any necessary changes to care plans. I have noticed that nurses play a vital role in the assessment providing necessary information and taking on greater responsibility as advocate for their patients due to the constant changing of medical officer. Kimba hospital has an Accident and Emergency room which works with the South Australian Ambulance Service and airport, if requiring transfer to a metropolitan area. There is one registered nurse and one enrolled nurse on each shift, therefore, when a critical patient is admitted, the staff each need to go above and beyond to complete their duties. Other health services provided in Kimba are general practice, physiotherapy, podiatry, community nursing, speech pathology, social worker, occupational therapist and aged care hostel for independent residents.
Kimba is a very friendly little town and I have loved having the opportunity to learn from the experienced nursing staff and complete skills that I normally wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do in Adelaide.