Beginning a career in mental health
Gemma Batten is a first year student nurse with University of South Wales. Her chosen pathway is Adult Mental Health and her first clinical placement was at Ty Gwynno Care Home in Pontypridd.
Gemma spoke to colleague Andrea Saunders about her first experience of nursing within a care home setting, and how the reality of the work has challenged her preconceptions.
While Gemma was initially disappointed that she had not been offered a hospital placement, she quickly realised that the placement at Ty Gwynno would really enhance her knowledge and experience at this stage of her training, and she was reassured by how quickly she was welcomed into the home and accepted by colleagues and residents.
"The team are absolutely brilliant ... like family. I felt I could ask any questions and they always took the time to give me the information I needed."
In terms of clinical skills she is also pleased with her progress, saying:
"I gave my first injection! I was so nervous but the nurse was really helpful and I felt my confidence grow."
Gemma also felt she had gained useful and important experience about personal care and how this contributes towards residents’ well being. She stated that she has developed good relationships with residents and their families and "will be sad to leave."
The Ty Gwynno Home Manager has been really impressed with her and this has been very important feedback for Gemma, who added that she would "definitely" recommend a placement at Ty Gwynno.
Gemma's placement at Ty Gwynno has been a positive experience for everyone involved, and the home is looking forward to hosting further placements in the near future.
Date published: 20 September 2018
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