Jodie Gornall's story
Jodie Gornall a Mental Health Nursing student went to Grenada for 3 weeks in her second year to experience what nursing was like across the Atlantic.
Jodie said, "I spent the first week in an acute ward at a mental health hospital, the second in a chronic ward at a mental health hospital, and the third week in a home for the elderly."
"The experience was insane! I cannot put into words how invaluable it has been with my confidence both in my nursing skills and personally. I learnt to manage with limited resources and constantly changing demands."
"Differences in beliefs about mental health meant I had new perspectives on how to treat the patient holistically, considering and respecting the culture out there. The community spirit in Grenada is undeniable and affects all aspects, including healthcare. Nurses and patients had strong relationships, and the gratitude shown was warming to see."
Beyond the nursing placement, Jodie indulged in the Grenada lifestyle. Whilst exploring the island, Jodie visited waterfalls, chocolate factories, the rainforest and more.
Jodie has learnt skills to manage resilience, building therapeutic relationships, non-judgemental attitudes and patient-centred holistic care.
Jodie said, "Clinically, I am more confident in talking therapies and depot administration. I learnt not to criticise the healthcare delivered out there, but to understand the limitations they cope with, and reflect on how to make the most out of what is available."
"Generally, I have become more confident, more self-assured and realised that if you jump in head-first, you will undoubtedly have an incredible time!"