As a paramedic, "each day is brand new, you don’t know what’s coming"
NYSF 2018 Session A students participated in a range of hands on activities allowing them to gain a unique perspective of what is involved in both paramedicine and nursing at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) last week.
Ms Amelia Munro began the session by introducing paramedicine and nursing as well as the other degrees that are offered by ACU across their seven campuses in Australia.
Ms Kim Wiseman, a recent graduate of Bachelor of Paramedicine and Bachelor of Nursing, gave the students a quick anatomy lesson. Students also were able to practice taking a pulse and reading and detecting various abnormalities within the airways through the interaction with various programmable mannequins.
Ms Shannon Barnes, a nursing lecturer, took the students through the step by step process of transferring patients between beds and stretchers and the techniques that are employed to do so.
The students were given the opportunity to assess their hand washing techniques through the use of ‘bug gel’ and ultraviolet light by Miss Meghan Finch, another recent graduate of the Bachelor of Paramedicine and Bachelor of Nursing.
When asked about why she chose to become a paramedic and nurse, Ms Wiseman said that she enjoyed, “... the variety that it brings and the ability to make a difference, not just to the patient but to their family as well.”
Miss Finch shared this sentiment adding that, “each day is brand new, you don’t know what’s coming.”
Hayley Miller, Communications Intern NYSF 2018 Session A and NYSF Alumna 2013.