Can you describe a bit of what it’s been like starting in the middle of lockdown? What kind of tasks have you been part of? What’s been hard and what’s been wonderful?
I have felt so welcomed at my practice placement. I really feel appreciated and valued as a nurse during this transition into primary care.
It has been a very big learning curve, coming from such a specific area, and so I appreciate the time that my colleagues take to teach and orientate me. The staff at Stoddard work as a team really effectively.
Jess, Kelly and the team at ProCare were also a great support, especially with launching into lockdown on the same day the programme started! They have worked hard with the practices and trainees to still provide support to both, adapting the training requirements to maintain the integrity of the programme through a lockdown.
I think that being an extra body at the practice has been useful to Stoddard during these times. We have gone through days of such high volumes of Covid swabbing, which can be quite exhausting, and requires working swabbing shifts. An additional nurse is needed to manage the front door, with patients and people from the community coming and asking questions, arriving for appointments, etc.
Basically, the day revolves around PPE (personal protective equipment)!
I look forward to the days that will be less consumed with Covid, but for right now, it’s what we have to do.