Our last week whizzed by as we finished clinicals with a trip to Queens Medical Center to observe how hospitals and urgent care centers are run within the National Health Service. It was interesting to learn about the updated technology systems in the UK as well as the organization of units within the hospital system. Patients are typically kept in bays with about 10-15 beds and are separated by curtains to maintain privacy. There is a central nursing station where nurses can chart and keep an eye on all of their patients in the bay.
The rest of the week was spent following district nurses within the community at new locations to further grasp what public health looked like in the UK. Many of us took care of patients in the home setting assisting with wound dressing changes, insulin injections and blood glucose readings, as well as performing general assessments for incontinece, mobility, and nutrition.
At the end of the week, it was all hands on deck to get the flat in tip top shape for the year long students who will be arriving in a few weeks. Then we packed the bags one last time to make our way to "London, Baby!!!" (We couldn't help including a Friends reference)! We spent Friday, Saturday, and Sunday touring the beautiful and vibrant city of London and it's many attractions. Some of our favorite tourist spots included, The London Eye, Westminster Abbey, The Old Operating Theatre, The London Bridge, Buckingham Palace, The Imperial War Museum, The British Museum, and The Florence Nightingale Museum.
This trip is a time of our life, that none of us will surely ever forget. From the expereinces we had to the people we shared them with, it has all been more than we could ever ask for. We are so greatful to the Luther Community for making this trip possible, and can't wait to come back and share all of our new knowledge and skills with the rest of our Nursing Class.
Until Next Time, This is Britta and Olivia Signing Off...