Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Grad Study Day 1

Tomorrow marks one month since I started my grad year (and subsequently yesterday marked one month since I arrived on TI). It has gone so quick!! On Thursday 28th August we had a Graduate Study Day, which was great. First we learnt about communication techniques (such as SBAR) and how to escalate our concerns to achieve a desired action using the PACE acronym. Then it was time for morning tea - the nurse educator made a great  zucchini slice, yum!

After morning we had a practical session learning how to insert  different types of airway tubes (see pics), followed by a session on understanding different types of heart rhythms and the actions that should be taken depending on whether they are shockable or not (note: only ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia are shockable. A defibrillator is not useful for 'flat-line' as you see you TV!). After that it was time for lunch.

Endotracheal Tube (
Laryngeal Mask Airway (
oral airway
Geudel airway - keeps the tongue from
blocking the airway
Nasopharyngeal Airways
Following lunch it was back to the classroom, where we learnt about the importance of timely, accurate and concise note-taking. We were given some real life examples of patient notes that weren't overly useful. This session showed that patient notes need to be completed accurately because 'it it's not written, it didn't happen'. For afternoon tea I made upside down pineapple cake. It was the first time I had ever made it, and it was delicious - here's the link to the recipe if you want to try it at home: