Career: Graduate Nurse Interviews

I had my first interview last Monday (25th of August) in Ballarat at the base hospital. It was the first of 3 that I have.  I wasn’t nervous until I drove into Ballarat and realised shit was getting real! The interview consisted of a group interview which was more like a ‘get to know you’ type thing, and then a 15 minute individual interview.

The individual interview was nerve wracking! They asked questions like:

  • what are the personality traits of a professional?
  • how would your friends describe you in 3 words?
  • what would you do if a visitor collapsed in front of you?
  • what would you do if you had a patient with a BSL of 2.5?
  • what is reflective practice and how have you used it?
  • what are your legal rights around medication administration?

I thought they were good questions, because they assessed your clinical knowledge, but also put everyone on an even playing field because they weren’t really questions that you could prepare for, and made you think about the answers carefully.

For Ballarat, there were 250 applicants, 100 interviews and there are 40 positions for nurses. So I think I did pretty well to get into the top 100!

I have my next interview on Friday for the Warrnambool Base Hospital, and the following Monday I have my biggest and most important interview, at Barwon Health in Geelong. They are my first preference and would cry with happiness if I got a position there!

Fingers crossed!

XO Kate


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

International Day of the Midwife

For all the wonderful midwifes in the world, today we thank you for your hard work and dedication to mothers, fathers and families all around the world to ensure their little bundles of joy, or bitter-sweet memories are looked after and supported. Thank you for your dedication to the job.

I am (nearly) a registered nurse, and can appreciate the work that you do. The world needs more midwives (and nurses) now than ever.

My midwife when I delivered my son was the kindest person I have ever met. She treated the birth like any other, and allowed encouraged us to do all the ‘normal’ things you do with a newborn. Due to the circumstances, it was slightly awkward, but she was so warm and caring about… well… everything.

That’s the kind of midwife I want to be, one day.

So, if you know a nurse or midwife… give them a hug and say ‘Thank you’.

If you have any stories about how great midwives are, let me know! I love hearing positive (and constructive) feedback!




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!