Hi guys, how are you’ll doing? it’s been a while. I know this story is over due but I have been so busy during the past couple of weeks but I promise to do better. Everything is just happening faster than I expected or better still imagined and I am not sure I’m ready, I guess I just have to try my best to be sane despite everything but I’m sure God will help me.
If you have been following my stories you will know I am done with my one year Internship program and I’m on to the next phase; at the moment I’m on annual Internship leave.
The last hospital I worked at was General Hospital Lagos(GHL). It is located at 1–3, Broad Street,Odan Lagos Island, Lagos State, Nigeria. It’s the oldest hospital in Lagos state which was created in 1893(128yrs) ago mehn that’s alot.
The hospital is really old but the government is really trying to renovate it, that explains why there is always renovation going on in almost all areas of the hospital.
My experience there wasn’t bad at all but it has to be my least hospital amongst the three hospital I worked at. The reason is because of the attitude of those in high places expecially amongst the nursing instructors. I worked with amazing nurses though and I think it was just one person I didn’t get along with, I had little issues with some Oga’s at the top but I guess it’s one of those things. The issue wasn’t a big deal though, it’s just that some of them don’t listen and always want to show how superior they are, they care more about the quote “there is seniority in Nursing”. There are lots of issue in the profession but they seem not to tackle them instead they go about frustrating younger nurses and they make working areas stressful for them.
The hospital on it’s own Isn’t that bad, I mean for an hospital that old they are really trying their best .There were two era’s in GHL one was before EMR and the other was after EMR. EMR stands for electronic media records which simply means taking clients records electronically instead of the usual writing/documenting on files and carrying of folders. Now every details of patients are stored online. EMR is less stressful, faster and easy; well to me though. Some older nurses that aren’t used to typing on a system have issues and are always complaining about it but I guess because it’s new, with time they will get used to it.
The era before EMR was during the peak of Covid 19 around june/july 2020 and the first place I worked at was the Casualty department. Casualty department deals with emergency surgical and medical cases, it’s different from the accident and emergency although the buildings are opposite each other. Then in casualty we had Covid patients so everyone was always on their personal protective equipments in other to keep ourselves safe. The Casualty is the first place emergency surgical and medical cases are brought to so we had to be careful because we don’t know who had Covid and who didn’t, even if a test was to be carried out later on we had to attend to the patient emergency first. Casualty department is the most stressful and most busy department in general hospital lagos, but it was my favorite place to work in. I got to attend to different patient alone, perform different difficult procedures alone because I worked alone in my ward all through my time there. The bad thing about casualty is that I saw more people die than I had ever seen in my entire life. I remember a day I lost one very nice patient I couldn’t stand seeing the relatives cry that I didn’t know when I broke down in tears; death is inevitable but our prayers is for us to grow old before we die, you have no idea what it means to take care of a patient for a long time and they finally die.
The other places I worked at was orthopedic male and female wards, omo the wound dressings I did there I have never done such in my life before, lol there are levels to wound in this life my dear.
I also worked at surgical out patient department (SOPD) and general outpatient department (GOPD), SOPD was really stressful because of the type and amount of wound dressing to be done daily, the worse type of dressing is breast cancer mehn; i think diabetes wounds are even better. I worked at the accident and emergency for a night and it was interesting and stressful at the same time, I went to assist the nurses there on the first of January because they had lots of accident cases so they needed more help, I didn’t want to leave when I was done because I totally enjoyed the experience.
Finally I worked at the theater, I looked forward to working there for a long time and I enjoyed it. The theater to me was a lazy job compared to other specialty though and it’s not a specialty I would ever go into so periopoperative nursing is a no for me. To think I have heard a lot about surgeries especially orthopedic surgery, I was so excited to see them being performed. While in school I was never posted to the theater so I had no idea what they do there; apart from Caesarean section I have never worked in the theater.
My main problem is the fact that you have to stand so long assisting doing a surgery mehn that life isn’t for me, and the fact that I don’t get to interact with my patients, they just come for surgery and go and you might never meet them again, but in the ward you will nurse them till they recovery totally. A friend of mine who is a surgeon had told me what surgery entails , the stress and all but I couldn’t relate until I worked there, so thumbs up to every surgeon and periopoperative nurses you guys are trying but I can never go into that specialty in Nursing.
So that ends my internship experience with lagos state health service commission in lagos island and it was an amazing experience couple with the traffic everyday, it was indeed an experience and definitely not something I would love to have again lol. On a scale of 1 to 10 I will give it a 6 not because the hospital was bad but the environment wasn’t that friendly to me compared to the other places I worked at. Working in Lagos island was an amazing experience and I will recommend it 100% for prospective interns.
Thank you all for riding with me through out my one year internship journey; the next is my National Youth service Corp(NYSC) experience which I promise to gist you’ll about . Camp starts this weekend and I promise to take you’ll along. Please don’t forget to clap, comment and share my story if you enjoyed it, bye and see you all in my next story, love you.