LTC placement has been an ideal starting point for nurse training, student says

Clinical instructor Sarah Towns (left) and Trent University nursing student Katherine Ledlie (right) are pictured at Springdale Country Manor on March 4.

While her goal is to become a pediatric nurse, Katherine Ledlie says her placement at Springdale Country Manor is providing an excellent introduction to hands-on care

SPRINGVILLE, Ont. – Katherine Ledlie plans to become a pediatric nurse when she completes a nursing degree at Trent University, but she says doing a placement at Springdale Country Manor has been the perfect starting point for learning hands-on care.

Katherine is one of a group of nursing students from Trent doing a placement at the Peterborough-area long-term care home. The students are in the second semester of their first year, and this is their first clinical placement. Students are mainly learning about the work personal support workers (PSWs) do.

Katherine says she and the other students started their placement at Springdale without any hands-on experience working with people. While Katherine says she didn’t know what to expect working with long-term-care home residents, the experience has been enriching.

“My ambition still is to go into pediatrics, but I kind of went into this thinking I wouldn’t like it, but I actually do really enjoy the time here,” she tells The OMNIway.

“Staff has been really helpful and the residents are really nice. I am also getting a lot of really good experience that I wouldn’t otherwise get.”

Katherine says residents have been receptive to the care she and the other students provide.

“All the residents are extremely open to working with us,” she says. “I was a little scared about dressing someone or bathing someone – I had never done that – but the residents will be happy and singing away in the bathtub, so (long-term care) has been a really good place to put your feet in the water.”

Currently, two groups of eight students are coming to Springdale twice per day, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The students have been doing their placement at Springdale since Feb. 4 and will continue coming to the home until April 1.

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