Elizabeth Watson - Medical/Surgical Unit

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Community Manager Community Staff • 8 May 2020

Elizabeth Watson

Medical/Surgical Unit


Elizabeth graduated with a Diploma of Nursing at the end of 2018 and then enrolled directly into the Bachelor of Nursing at Holmesglen. 


Elizabeth Watson


What are you doing now?

I am currently working in a medical/surgical unit. We specialise in telemetry and ICU step downs, and COVID-19 testing at this time too. My aim is to work as acutely as I can. Either in theatre as a scrub/scout, PACU or ICU. However, I am still learning a lot about each area as I go and really I am open to whatever opportunities my career brings. 


What do you love about nursing?

I love that each day brings a new challenge and new people to meet. You can never be quite sure on what exactly will turn up on your ward and what may happen with each patient throughout the shift.  


What's a typical shift like?

There really is no typical shift with nursing. You can expect to have a handover, you can expect to take observations and assess each of your patients. Apart from that you just have to expect the unexpected and work your best through each situation you face. 


Do you have any advice for nursing students or anyone starting out in nursing?

It is a huge step up from a student nurse to working full time. Especially if you haven’t worked in the healthcare sector before. Do not expect to know everything all at once. Remember you are part of a huge and helpful team no matter where you work. Put your hand up, ask for help, and don’t be afraid to say you don’t know something. This will in fact make you a stronger nurse and build a trusting relationship within your healthcare team, while also ensuring your patients safety. 


What did you enjoy about studying at Holmesglen?

Holmesglen runs a great diploma program that prepares you amazingly to work in which ever nursing field you choose. Take full advantage of each of your placements to learn as much as possible and gain experience in anything and everything. Make contacts and never be afraid to ask questions and you will succeed in whatever you choose to do once you graduate. Good luck! 

Read more Q&As with our nursing grads here.