Student says Springdale placement is a step toward goal of becoming a nurse

Pictured above, Claire Shorten, a Grade 12 student at Crestwood Secondary School, is doing a placement at Springdale Country Manor.

‘It has been a really good experience; everyone has been really helpful, they are all willing to teach me and they have been supportive,’ Claire Shorten says of Springdale team

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Claire Shorten, a Grade 12 student at Crestwood Secondary School in Peterborough, says her placement work at Springdale Country Manor has been a step forward toward her career goal of becoming a nurse.

Claire has been doing her student placement at the Peterborough County long-term care home since February. She comes to the home every day, Monday to Friday, for 2 ½ hours. The work she does includes spending one-on-one time with residents, helping with activities, participating in therapy sessions with residents and assisting during mealtimes.

The student says she has been learning a lot about working with others during the past two months.

“It has been a really good experience; everyone has been really helpful, they are all willing to teach me and they have been supportive,” Claire tells The OMNIway.

“I want to go into nursing (at university). I have been thinking about specifically working as a labour and delivery nurse, but being here has been really cool and I am learning a lot.”

Of note, Claire says the experience has taught her about working with others and having a good bedside manner.

“Communication is important,” she says.

Claire says her favourite aspects of her placement at Springdale Country Manor have been working collaboratively with staff members and spending time with residents during programming. She says the programming the home provides has been “excellent.”

“I love the activities that we do,” she says. “We have entertainers that come in, and sometimes we do arts and crafts and baking, and I think it’s really cool to see the residents out doing these things.”

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