Since beginning the Practical Nursing program at Durham College in January 2011, I have learned so much
and really become more open to the things around me. I have gained knowledge and experience through
numerous opportunities and placements. My clinical experiences include:
Lakeridge Health Oshawa - Oncology/ Nephrology Unit: I was able to gain experience in caring for patients
in end of life stages, but also engage in hands on learning by performing various skills, including
medications through enteral feeds, dressings, etc.
Rouge Valley Ajax - Labor and Delivery Unit: I worked with newborns and new parents to teach skills like
bathing a newborn, medications that can be taken by mom or given to babies, assessing any birthing
complications, and monitoring the status of mom and baby.
Ontario Shores Center for Mental Health Sciences - Forensic Psychiatric Rehabilitation Unit: I worked with
mentally ill patients who had committed a crime and were "serving time" in the hospital, being treated for
illnesses ranging from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, to multiple personality disorders/
borderline personality disorder, etc.
Lakeridge Health Bowmanville - Medical/ Surgical and Acute Care: I was able to learn about different types
of patients that were more of a short term stay, with issues ranging from critical needs to various geriatric type
care, depending on the patient and their diagnosis.
Uxbridge Cottage Hospital - Medical/ Surgical (Geriatrics): Most patients on this unit were awaiting long
term care, meaning that most care given would be cleaning and learning skills rather than critical care type
care. It was good experience with elderly patients.