92313 Assessment and Therapeutics in Health Care 1 (student interviews) - UTS first-year experience

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>> MICHAEL: This subject is very practical and allows you to really practise your skills.
As soon as you walk into the lab it's very clinical based and we have a mannequin. It's
called SimMan. He's very technical. He can vomit. He bleeds. He talks. He does a lot
of things and the nursing skills that they give you is very practical.
>> MURSHEDA: Learning to care for them in a holistic way so not just about their treatment
and treating them but learning about how they were here in the first place and what happened,
how they're surviving outside, what other help we can get for them in the community
in the end. >> MICHAEL: This subject doesn't require so
much work outside of class but inside class it does require a student to be concentrating
a lot because a lot of it is practical and so you have to be very wary of how things
are held in a particular way. They give you your little booklet to come into class and
you've got to do some preparation but it's mainly working through class with some videos
and doing practical versions of that video. >> MURSHEDA: There's a challenge of course,
about keeping up with the assignments and that's always a challenge because there's
so many things and it's not just this subject. There's other subjects as well which you need
to consider and keeping up all the time because it's just constantly there. Every week you
have to prepare and I found that challenging at times.
>> MICHAEL: I would say go to lectures because, although they're not mandatory, you learn
a lot of stuff from different teachers. Each teacher tries to have a turn teaching different
aspects of the course. >> MURSHEDA: Rather than the lecture rooms,
I find that I've learned more in one hour in clinical because it's just the environment
where you're put in a situation to learn more than you are expected and after you've come
out you just feel really happy to see the smiles on the patients' faces.
>> MICHAEL: There is discussion boards when it comes to assignments, from student to student.
Even though it is moderated by a teacher the students can talk so even though some students
can't physically meet with each other they can talk over the internet which I find very
useful. >> MURSHEDA: There's the lecturers at first
who are always there to help and guide you and ask questions and get you involved and
get you motivated to learn new skills. There's the academic advisers who help you as well
if you have any problems with your course and stuff. There's weekly workshops that are
run by the library as well that will help and guide you.
>> MICHAEL: The most challenging thing was trying to get group work together because
you have to work in an environment that you're unsure of but they build up your confidence
slowly but still a bit daunting when you're first starting to play with the mannequins
in simulation because you don't know really what you're doing but they do prompt you so
eventually you get there. The advice I'd give to prospective students would be to utitlise
everything, to ask questions a lot. I asked my teacher, Rebecca, who's also the head of
the course, a lot of questions and she's very knowledgeable. She's worked around the world
and she knows what she's talking about and so if I have any questions it's very non-intimidating
to ask her. It's not student to teacher. It's very much nurse to nurse. The nursing faculty
does a lot to support you. They give you lab time when no one else is around but also through
another course subject. They actually take you to a library and really show you how to
go through the library and use it to its best. >> MURSHEDA: You learn so much and you'll
be really surprised after your first semester because you just learn so many new skills
about caring for a patient, how to control your emotions and how to think holistically;
looking at the whole picture not just the treatment.