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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2009
naVY SuPPLY nEWSLEttER autumn 2009 19 “…My experience on my first clinical placement was exciting because it was a chance for me to put what I have learnt over the last 18 weeks of the course into practice. It was good to feel confident about the procedures, to care for a patient, and to know that what I studied was relevant to my immediate work. Coming straight from school this was good to experience and it has given me confidence and drive to learn in an adult environment. This experience put me in a situation where I was out of my comfort zone, giving me an idea of what it takes to be a medic. Doing this has given me confidence so that I can become a good Medic …” SMN* MED Robert Olsen SMN* zOE CHESWORTH (L) AND SMN* BRENTON SLOAN (R) AT THE JEAN TURNER AGED CARE CENTRE - ROSEBUD DURING CLINICAL PLACEMENTS. Ran mEdiCaL SCHooL The role of the RAN Medical School is to train Navy Medical Assistants (MAs). The courses delivered by the RAN Medical School are designed to produce sailors who are competent to provide medical and health related support to operational units at sea, in shore medical facilities and as part of joint ADF operations. The RAN Medical School trains in three locations: CERBERUS (MS-C), PENGUIN (MS-P), and STIRLING (MSA-W). In July 1994, Army were appointed Manager Joint Training (MJT) for Medical Assistant (MA) category training and the tri service curriculum commenced at the MS-C in 2001 for the Basic Medical Assistant Course and Advanced Medical Assistance Course. A component of these courses is to complete clinical practical training within external health facilities. Clinical placements are a significant component of all courses delivered by the RAN Medical School, and are consistent with DTA-LOG’s message of “simulation, emulation, realism” in training. The students are encouraged to grasp the opportunities presented to them during their individual experiences whilst on clinical placement. These opportunities extend to both their initial placements within aged care facilities and crewing Mobile Intensive Care Ambulances (MICA). Real-life experiences are valuable and each experience is treated as a unique but interrelated learning phase. This real life learning environment prepares students for their employment within the areas they can expect to work in both ashore and at sea. In January 2009, trainees were rotated over three campuses of Rosebud Residential Aged Care Service and Rosebud Rehabilitation Unit. Rosebud Rehabilitation Unit is a 30 bed purpose built rehabilitation unit that specialises in services for patients recovering from conditions such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, orthopaedic disorders, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis and other disease causing disabilities. Trainees were also placed at Jean Turner and Lotus Lodge. Jean Turner Community Nursing Home accommodates elderly people requiring high level care and consists of three wards. Lotus Lodge Fernbrook Unit is a hostel for elderly people that require support and low levels of care. By rotating students through the different areas, the trainees maximise their clinical exposure and experience. The students found their first clinical placement challenging but rewarding and were asked to define their experiences. Whilst trainees were placed to consolidate the same skills, their experiences were unique. Some have found it very confronting, by the end of the second week they all enjoyed their experience. Comments included: “…Being on clinical placement at Lotus Lodge has been very beneficial as it gets us out of the classroom for a couple of weeks, and gives us a chance to practice some of our new nursing skills including basic observations, showering, communication, documentation and wound management. I have found myself becoming more confident in performing tasks. I have found it interesting talking to the residents and learning about their interesting lives. It has improved my communication skills. Overall it has been a good experience…” SMN*MED Jessica Caslake “…My experiences at the Jean Turner Nursing Home have been valuable and challenging, and at times confronting, but as you get to know the patients and their personalities you realise that you are there to help care for them and look out for their well being…” SMN*MED Reece Hoffman The students were well received by staff and residents. Rosebud Residential Aged Care Service continues to support Navy Medics in consolidating their skills and the residents enjoy the opportunity to chat and tell their friends and relatives of the sailors that cared for them. The students enjoyed participating in the Tuesday piano sing-along and without fail all the ‘sailor songs’ were chosen. The residents took great delight in beating the trainees at their weekly carpet bowl competitions and did not hesitate to brag about it. Overall the students, staff and most of all - the residents, all came away from the clinical placement with new experiences and many new stories. By LCDR Janine March-Goss, RAN – OIC MS-C SMN* WILLIAM TAYLOR AT THE JEAN TURNER AGED CARE - ROSEBUD DURING CLINICAL PLACEMENTS