Study: It’s The Final Countdown

Yep… That time of the year has rolled around again. It’s my last semester of study before I am a registered nurse. This semester is sure to bring the emotional meltdowns, delirious laughter and copious amounts of tea, but I know it will be worth it. I am so close to the finish line… This is my final 50 meter sprint!

I have a pretty heavy workload this semester, but I will endeavour to update my blog at least twice a week.

I cannot wait to be a nurse!

Is anyone else studying? I’d love to know how you are going with it!

XO Kate


Caring For Bereaved Parents

I came across these notes that I took when I was completing my online Caring for Bereaved Parents course. I thought I would share a few notes for anyone who is interested.


Women over the age of 45 are at a 75% risk of having a miscarriage

Men over the age of 40 are 2x more likely to father a pregnancy ending in miscarriage

15%-20% of known pregnancies end in a miscarriage

New born deaths are classified if the baby is under 28 days

Stillborn –  pregnancy over 20 weeks who has died before birth or in birthing process

Bereaved parents and families experience: shock, denial, incomprehension and numbness, guilt, denial, anger, hope and readjustment

We can give:

  1. permission to grieve
  2. share their experience

Be there. Take the time. Be open. Be honest. Share tears. Show that you care. Use babies name. Attend to all needs. Be patient and gentle. Encourage and give options. Don’t mention autopsy straight away. Provide with info on what to do and what not to do. Help create memories. Meet religious beliefs. Give parents as much time as possible with their baby. Include other family members.


These tips can be applied to all situations where there is a loss – The loss of a child, the loss of a friend, the loss of a lover, the loss of their health through the diagnosis of an illness – it can all be employed to help others.


If you are interested in undertaking the Caring for Bereaved Parents online course, follow this link for more information.




3000 words

First of all… I apologise for that close up of my face.
Second, I apologise for being absent. I am currently working on an assignment that is draining the life out of me. 3000 words of blah.

Here is the topic of which I have to write about…

Critically discuss the challenges that may be encountered by the new graduate nurse/ midwife in one of the following areas within this domain:

1. Practicing within an evidence-based framework
2. Participating in ongoing professional development of self and others
Provide strategies that would enable the new graduate nurse/midwife to meet the requirements of this aspect of the Critical Thinking and Analysis domain. Discussion of challenges and strategies must be supported by the literature.


Uni, I will be so glad to see the end of you.

Don’t know where those images are sourced, but they were on my facebook and made me chuckle. So relevant right now.


I thought I would share a post on what I take with my when I am on placement.

I remember when I first started my nursing, I had no idea what I needed, or what I thought I needed. Every ward you work on is different. You pockets will be full, or empty. I am currently on the Medical Ward.

Here is an insight into what I lug around with me for 8hrs a day!

nursingFrom left to right:
-Stethoscope — So important on any ward… sometimes they can be hard to find. Plus they have been in gross ears, and probably don’t fit properly. That’s why I carry mine and share with no one!

– Fob watch — need I say more? Whether it’s timing respirations, pulse, or wondering how long until your lunch break, a fob watch is an absolute necessity. Plus they are cheap! <$20

– Pick Pocket — brilliant invention. Fits my life in it and leaves my pockets free for more stuff to carry! What to I have in it? Scissors, tape on the waist band, pens x4, torch to shine in peoples eyes (I can’t think of the real name), 3x highlighters, IV line covers (combi-stopper), sticky spots (for after taking blood or taking canullas out), band aide, alcohol wipes, chewy, calculator (on the back), drip rate cards and other information on cards… I think that’s about it!

– Aqium gel —  I am allergic to the blue stuff they have in the hospital, so I use this. Works wonders!

– Australian Medications Handbook — I only give medications if I know what they are. no matter which ward you go onto, there will be medications that you don’t know. So if you don’t know what it is or how it works, don’t give it.

-Notebook — any other notes you take for personal reference etc.

I also use a shift planner. It’s essentially a half piece of paper with a table on it. Hours at the top and patients down the side. Write in when meds are due, obs are due and any other things so you can keep track of your day. Write in any changes in a different colour pen. This makes writing your progress notes a lot easier.


And that’s what I carry every day!

Study tips and tricks

I am in my 7th year of university, so by now you would think I have managed to nail the study techniques… Well, yes and no. Like everything in life, somethings work better for others. That is why, in one of my procrastinations moods, I have decided to share some of my study tips that I employ to make like a little easier.

1. Make a list

One of the best ways to focus your energy onto assignments and readings that matter is to prioritise and organise your workload. I know it can be tempting to write a to-do list with everything on it for the semester and then be completely overwhelmed with the long tasks ahead.  What I do, is make a list of things that need to be done today (or before your next class, like chapter readings and print out lecture notes) and one list for things a bit further down the track, like assignments. This breaks up my day into 2 sections. The first list I can knock over relatively quickly, then I can start tackling the bigger things.  This will help you to zero-in on what you should really be focusing on.

2. Create a wall planner

This simple trick can save your arse. I print out the calendar template from Microsoft Publisher in month format, and write in all my due dates for assignments. There is your semester, right in front of you. This will also help prioritise your workload.

3. Turn off any distractions

Put your phone on the other side of the room, or turn it on silent. Log out of Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and any other social media that is soaking up your attention. You need to ration these things out throughout the day to help keep you switched on.

4. Take a hike

Take a walk around the block, down to the shops, or along the beach. Exercise or stretching will promote blood flow to your brain and limbs, which will help you to concentrate.This semester, I am going to try swapping out your desk chair with an exercise ball.

5. Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat

Now I don’t mean that literally. But getting enough rest is essential to helping your brain function at its best. Eating regular, small and nutritious meals can also help fuel your brain for the study slog we face every day. Listen to some music, if that’s your thing, while studying. There have been studies done to show that listening to certain genres of music can actually help you study, and retain information better. Neat!

Photo Credit:, June Sight Photography