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As a regular day at a ward in Sweden can be busy, so can even a ward here. Of course.

It's quite hard for me as a Swedish Student Nurse to have an idea of what I can do when it's a lot going on at the ward, since I don't know the rules and guidelines that the others do. I tried to shadow the nurses that allows me to be involved in the nursing work and it went well even though I didn't get to come home until very late in the evening.

xoxo Andy

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On a day off, I try to do my laundry and other boring stuff that I don't have time for during a hospital day :)

When I waited for the laundry to finish, I took my time to take more photographs of our campus here in Walsall, it's not every day it's sunny :)

In the evening I was invited to go eat at Indigo Bengali Fusion, a restaurant in Aldridge, Walsall, with my Erasmus coordinator and a few others. We had a really great time and I enjoyed it! I had chicken tikka as appetiser and chicken pasanda and garlic naan as main course, yum!

xoxo Andy


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I had the opportunity to once again spectate an operation. This time it was a man who had a perforated bowel due to obstructive stomach. The surgeons acted very professional and it was a blast to be able to see this operation. They performed a laparotomy, Hartmans converted to hemicolectomy and they also inserted an NG feed, a catheter and also a stoma. The operation (excluding pre- and postop) lasted circa three hours. I then followed the patient to the Recovery Area and then to the HDU, High Dependency Unit, which also was really interesting.

The other two pictures shows a little bit of how I get home every night, one of my buses and one of the roads I walk.

xoxo Andy

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Since we are doing such long days as Nurses, we work three times a week for 12,5 hours and therefore we get four days off each week. This day I had another day off and I enjoyed every minute of it. My feet hurt after being on them for 15-16 hours, depending on which time I can catch a bus and get home after my shift.

The picture shows my regular snack bowl. I alternate between different fruits and vegetables. I also drink loads of tea... "when in Rome..." :)

xoxo Andy

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1: Police Station, part of the Bullring building and another neat building.

2: Beautiful sceneries in Birmingham.

3: We had a lovely time!

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Today I had the pleasure to join three lovely girls to go on an adventure to Birmingham to explore something new!

We had a lovely day together and I really enjoyed to see this beautiful city!

xoxo Andy

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Today I had a day off and tried to relax most of the day.

In the evening we had a Spanish night and we ate delicious food that our Spanish international student made for us, yum!

xoxo Andy

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Today was another day at the ward. As always, there is a lot going on. As a Student Nurse at the ward I am not allowed to do as much as I am used to in Sweden. Nurses here do rarely draw blood or set needles, for example. I am trying to engage myself in different kind of situations every day.

xoxo Andy

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It happened a lot during the placement today, but the most epic and neat part was when I was given the opportunity to join one of my patients operations!

I actually lucky enough to follow the entire chain: from the Surgery Ward, into the Anesteshia Room and there tell my patient that I would be there during the whole process and be there when he woke up, into the Operating Room and then to the Recovery Area.

In the Operating Room, it was a lot of things going on. The surgery that was performed was called right-insertion of tubial nail. The operation lasted about 4 - 4,5 hours and the surgical team consisted of a total of 10 people, where 4-5 surgeons were included. I have seen a lot of videos of different operations being done, but it was very special to see an orthopedic operation live, since there are always very much tugging, drilling and cutting to be able to get the metal inserted as good as possible. Meanwhile, there are of course a lot of blood loss for the patient, but everything went fine and the team did a really great job, I was very impressed! 

The operation was really exciting and it felt incredible to have been lucky enough to have gotten that opportunity to follow one of the patients surgical process from the ward and back again!

About the picture of today: I had to switch to operating clothes and of course, I also had a mask to cover my face during the operation as well. The second picture shows the view from one of the staff nurses rooms at Walsall Manor Hospital! Lovely inner garden, isn't it? :)

xoxo Andy

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Today I had no placement so I've mostly been studying and trying to find entertainment in TV shows and a walk :)

xoxo Andy

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I've been unwell this weekend so today I went to my placement but I went home again since we decided so.

So this Monday consisted of: Sleeeeeep! :)

xoxo Andy

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