Dawn

Dawn

About me

I am writing this blog as a way of sharing experiences, and learning from others. After working for the NHS for five years, I recently made the decision to move into theatres. I am currently studying towards a DipHe in Operating Department Practice (ODP). From delight to despair and back again, my posts focus on the student learning experience and my journey from an unqualified member of a nursing team to a fully fledged Operating Department Practitioner.

My posts

daffodils

Happy Holidays!

The holidays are finally here. My literature review has been submitted along with my reading logs, practice diaries and ethical reflection. All that’s left for me to do now is relax and hope for more of that glorious sunshine we were having. Enjoy the holidays people!

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Light at the end of the tunnel

Light at the end of the tunnel

At last, I have finished my literature review! All 3,000 words, and 61 references of it. At least, that is, the first draft is complete. I have a tutorial later next week which may mean I need to make a few changes, but fingers crossed they won’t be too drastic. With only one more week [...]

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A-Z notebook

My little A-Z

So what have I been up to this week? After two weeks at University it was time to start another seven weeks in practice and as always it takes a little while to get back into it. You find you’ve forgotten things you really shouldn’t have and remembered things you thought you never would. This [...]

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Note books

Discovering the past

The history of surgery fascinates me and reading about it, as well as trips to The Herb Garret and The Royal College of Surgeons, has helped me to understand more how my role has developed through time from handler to a HPC-registered member of the operating team. You can imagine my delight when my mum [...]

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Uniforms

Making the transition

I think one of the hardest things I have done in my time in the NHS is trying to find my niche. As an Ambulance Technician I had to make autonomous decisions, where appropriate lead incidents and most importantly try to help patients who where very vulnerable, sometimes injured and often in pain. When I [...]

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