This week has been bit of a welcome respite in the mad world that is “placement”! Don’t get me wrong, I am loving every minute on placement, but having a week to get my head around the past few weeks and everything that has happened has been well needed!
As I mentioned in one of these posts a couple of weeks back, we are currently working on two assessments; the first being a reflective essay, and the second being a group research project.
Obviously, given that we are all on different shifts in different hospitals, working on a group project has been a bit of a co-ordination challenge, but this week, having the time scheduled in for us to be in uni, to work on our project and even have group tutorials on the work we have been doing was really useful.
On Monday we had our group tutorials and some time to work together, pulling together all our individual research (which we have been doing alongside placement – see, I told you it’s a busy course!). We spent the day on Tuesday in lectures to do with our research module – we don’t actually get fully thrown into this module until next trimester, but we’ve had a few lectures already just as a bit of an introduction.
It was so lovely to see all my course colleagues too – most of them I haven’t seen properly in nearly a month, so it was so great to hear what they have been up to! 🙂
Then we were off on Wednesday as a study day, which was just as well given that I was essentially dying of the snot-plague at that point and spent the majority of the day coughing and spluttering (sexy, right?!)
Thursday was another uni day – we were working together in our groups again, and we also had individual tutorials regarding our essays – I have to say, I’ve been so impressed by the support we have had regarding this essay – its 1800 words due just before the Christmas break, and the tutors have made themselves so available for us to ask questions etc – I know it is our first assessment, so they might be supporting a bit more than normal for this one, but even so – really reassuring!
We had a free day on Friday so I spent the day doing bits of blog work and uni work, and then on Saturday I was working on the open day at the uni. It was really lovely to speak to prospective midwifery students about the university and tell them about the course and our experiences so far – I also found it really interesting seeing the different people coming in – I love people, and their unique quirks and the way they present themselves – and it also really hammered home about the importance of first impressions (in fact, I definitely picked up some tips – would an ‘open-day/interview-day tips’ post be of interest to you guys?)
I’m back out into the community this week, ready for a whole new set of experiences – and I can’t wait! Looking forward to sharing it all with you next week! 🙂
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Read last week’s Midwife Mondays post here: