Study Advice required.

  1. I have been a registered nurse since 1989 and specialised in Neuroscience Nursing. I left after about 7 years and went to work in a non hospital setting that required very little nursing skills - blood taking and blood pressures only.

    I have since returned to nursing in hospitals in the last few months but don't qualify for any special return to work training because I was never out of the nursing field. I don't want to go back to my specialty, I want to work in Medical and/or Surgical for a while. Currently, I am on a medical ward and have bought myself a few textbooks but I don't know where to start.

    Can someone give me a hint or two.

    I am from Australia.
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  3. by   bulletproofbarb
    I have a medical surgical text, and a fundamentals of nursing, 2003 edition, I'm reading it but not really remembering much, thats why I am asking for study advice.

  4. by   redwinggirlie
    Can either of you ask for an orientation period before being released on your own to the floor? With the nursing shortage, I'm sure it is possible. They'll do what they need to get you there.... I'm a new nurse and find that Springhouses' Portable RN is a good book for the usual tasks nurses use daily.
  5. by   redwinggirlie
    Another thought Barb. If you find you are in need of study materials, try buying them online. You can find used books for a lot less on line.
  6. by   redwinggirlie
    I've sent you a private message with some more information. I wish more people would respond. I could use the advice too!
    Take care and best of luck.
  7. by   bulletproofbarb
    Hi, I had 2 days supernumery and that was it. Our ward, on a good day, is staffed by Agency 50%, on a bad day 6 out of 8 nurses would be agency or pool. It has so much to offer, so much variety and a huge amount of nursing skills to use and perfect. The patients aren't really that heavy (probably 1 in 4) whereas in Neuro it was 4 in 4 .

    I think I am going to have to continue reading. I have saved alot of my handover sheets so I can look stuff up.
  8. by   gwenith
    Barb - have to run to work at the moment but I will (hopefully be back on teh board tomorrow- left a messge on the Australian forum thread. BTW I am from Brisbane. Like you I was out of patient care for a couple of years and then went back.
  9. by   bulletproofbarb
    Thanks, have a nice day at wok, I'm on days off trying to study. What a sad life!!!