Our first week of clinical was bloody brilliant, as each of us conquered the bus system to attend clinical at multiple locations across the city. Some of us were stationed in general practitioner clinics, others were in more specialized clinic locations such as hospice and diabetes. The majority of us though, worked with district nurses to complete home health visits and performed interventions ranging from blood sugar checks and insulin injections, to wound dressing changes, mobility assessments, and respiratory therapy.
In addition to clinical this week, we had the opportunity to visit The Wellbeing Hub in downtown Nottingham. They have 7 different organizations, that are all focused around the wellbeing of Nottingham and work together to accomplish this. Each organization focuses on a specific area of health including mental health, substance abuse treatment, residency help for homeless individuals, employment programs for people who need a job, etc. This way when individuals come in needing help, they can be treated from all aspects of care to increase their chance of successfully achieving wellness.
At the end of the week, our class lecture was focused on disaster preparedness and what to do if you ever found yourself in a natural disaster. Our classmate, Kelsey Ott, was selected as our chosen triage nurse, while the rest of us acted out what an example of a mass casualty looked like. We learned how to prioritize victims with a commonly used color labeling system in emergency situations; red-immediate attention, yellow-need help within 2-4 hours, green-the victim can walk on their own, and black-deceased. The best strategy in this situation was to make sure that first and foremost you are okay and able to assist others, then proceed to introduce yourself and direct those that are able, to move into a common meeting place. This will make it easier to locate individuals who can assist you in caring for other victims. From there you have to work your way through each of the victims one by one assessing and assigning labels. If possible have those who were assisting you stay with victims to tie tourniquets or apply pressure on wounds. After the practice run, we discussed as a group each victim assignment and whether they had been labeled appropriately based on their injuries. Kelsey did a phenomenal job demonstrating how this would work, and I think everyone felt better having now practiced what this would look like.
With our first week of clinical done, and class finished, it’s time to pack our bags again as we travel to Eyam and Stratford Upon Avon this weekend! Prior to our trip we were assigned to read a novel called The Year of Wonders, by Geraldine Brooks. It focuses on the town of Eyam and destruction they experienced during the plague pandemic. We will be traveling to the town of Eyam to learn more about the history this town has to offer, as well as visit many of the famous William Shakespeare sights in Stratford.
It should be a great weekend, and we are all very excited!