UZ Leuven is a huge University hospital where new graduates like me get a chance to keep learning and getting used to working as a nurse.
Nurses work mostly independently at UZ Leuven. In the morning you are assigned an average of 10 patients. You are in charge of all nurse care. This includes administer medication, take vitals, blood draws, hygiene, IV medication, admitting new patients , wound care, record all care , collaborate with doctors and other health care providers and more.
I had 2 to 3 co-workers every shift. In the mornings the head nurse would be there too to supervise the work I worked morning or evening shifts, which were 8 hours long. I worked 10 days and had 4 days off.
The hardest part of the job was to try to get all the work done in the amount of time I got and make sure that I still had some time left to talk to the patients.
The most enjoyable part was when I noticed that I had made a difference in the life of a sick patient. Many times I got a heartfelt thank you and that made my day.
Too many patients for one nurse on some days.