It is certainly a busy time with my degree at the moment. Assignments due in five weeks, end of year exams, clinical placement and a proposal to submit for my dissertation. Am I really heading in to my final year? Stress levels are high but there is a lighter side to thinking about the final year, I can plan my electives. Towards the end of our final semester we get to spend two weeks visiting other hospitals, seeing treatment techniques our placement hospitals might not use. I am actually finding this as a welcome distraction from the current workload.
Helping people has always been at the heart of my choice to retrain. So using my elective time to understand the journey of my patients a little better, seems perfect. Spending time with a research team, visiting a Teenage Cancer Trust ward, shadowing MacMillan nurses in the community are all on my elective wishlist. Obviously I also want to see Cyberknife in action and other advanced techniques. But this is probably the only time I will truly get to step away from the clinical department and get to understand the wider aspect of cancer care. So fingers crossed I can make the best use of my elective fornight.
Are you retraining in the health professions and planning your electives too? Do you have an elective dream list?
Until next time, take care.