On-the-Job Training

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One of the x-ray labs at SUS

In the past few weeks, I was at my very first OJT at Stavanger University Hospital. I was assigned at the radiology department to take x-rays of patients coming back for a check up. The lab that I was assigned to during the first week is a big one and the most common examination is the pelvis and hips. The patients are mostly elderly and adults, though once in a while we got babies and toddlers too. The first day was the busiest because we had like 30 patients during the shift. Well busy for me since it was my first time. Also, I am a student so I cannot just take all the patients and besides, first day is mostly observation for us students. However, after lunch my supervisor let me take atleast a couple of examinations.

Moving on, after a day I was allowed to both take my own x-rays and to assist the radiographers while they lecture me about the protocols in the department. I found out that there is a difference between theory and what is practiced in the hospital. Also, the hospitals have different set of protocols too, so it is important to read and study them. My supervisor is a hands on one which I appreciate a lot because I heard that some of my classmates had supervisors who did not care about them. Anyway,  she made sure that I learned something from her tips and advice by letting me work independently while she was standing in the back. She only interfered when she saw huge mistakes but other than that I was allowed to do whatever I want as long as I was working according to the guidelines and protocols. At the end of the shift, we talked and discussed what things that I needed to be better at.

The OJT was only three weeks and I can say that I have learned a lot when it comes to working in a hospital, patient care and interaction, the department’s administration routines and radiographer as a profession. The experience has also proved and shown me that working as a radiographer is more than pushing the button. Yes there is the button but it is not the only thing about this profession. Like for instance, an x-ray technician should have knowledge about anatomy, radiation physics, medication, nursing and elderly care.

Other than my supervisor, I also got the opportunity to work with other radiographers in the hospital. I found out that the seniors use some techniques that the newer generation would not. I am grateful that they have shown me how to for example do the projections the other way as well.

To end this post, I want to thank all the radiographers and radiologists who I’ve worked with in this short OJT period. Thank you so much for your knowledge, patience and kindness.

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A Walk in the Cemetery

In my opinion taking a walk in cemeteries is a good way to reflect about life. It is also a great way to learn about the history.

When I was visiting my friend in Stavanger, we went out for a walk in the cemetery near her place. No she was not visiting someone that she knows but she only wanted to show me what the tourists are visiting in their community. I have also learned that in Eiganes Gravlund lies soldiers from World War 2.

I also cannot help but admire the grave stones because of the shapes, colors and the engraved words. Some has pictures too.

I also had some questions in mind while we were inside the cemetery. The first is, does the dead appreciate us visiting them?  Lastly, how much does it cost to be buried in that beautiful cemetery?

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Here lies some of the soldiers from WW2

 

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The map/layout of the cemetery

 

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The chapel

 

 

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Cruising for Five Hours and a Half

At the beginning of this year Fjordline has started offering domestic travels between Bergen and Stavanger. For your info the cruiseship that goes from Bergen to Stavanger is the same as the one going to Hirthsals Denmark. It’s just that before it was not possible to only take the boat on short distance routes like Bergen-Stavanger. I guess the management thought that by accepting passengers who are traveling to and from the two cities would earn them extra income. And besides the ship docks in Tananger, Stavanger to pick up passengers traveling to Denmark.

I find this way better than taking the bus, because you can relax the whole journey, eat at the cafe, drink wine or just enjoy the view and plus a one way ticket would only costs you 200 NOK regardless when you book your ticket! Good deal, right? Unlike the bus (Kystbussen), it would costs you at least 540 NOK and that’s if you book the ticket two days ahead of your travel date. The travel time is almost the same as taking the bus but the comfort is much better than taking the bus. However, the ship docks at Tananger and not in Stavanger center. You will need to book a bus if you want to proceed to the town proper. Fjordline’s bus fair costs 75 NOK. But still the total fair is cheaper.

Since this route is a short distance one, I am not allowed to buy anything from the tax free shop. If you want to shop tax free then you should be traveling for at least 24 hours abroad. But don’t worry. The prices on board are not bad!

So what are you waiting for? Book your trip now! 🙂

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Inside the cafe.
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Believe me or not it’s just cola. 🙂
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On the 10th deck.
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You can get a tan on the Sun Deck

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LNG stands for Liquified Natural Gas
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The helipad

 

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One of the beautiful views to be seen from the ship.

Autumn Photoshoot

Here are some of the shots from our photo shoot last Wednesday. I’m actually more into landscape photography but later on I told myself that I want to go out of my comfort zone. Taking pictures of nature is still my first love but I also want to learn more about the other different types of photography too, especially portrait photography.

Thanks Milky Santiago for being my model for a day!

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Photographer: LacCris Photography (me :D)

Hair and makeup: Milky Santiago ( https://www.facebook.com/makeupbymilky )

Model: Milky Santiago

Location: Gamle Stavanger (Old Town)

Disappointed at Humanity

We humans are blessed because we’ve been given the ability to think and thus making us superior to other species. We also have the best tools in the world which are our hands. Without them we won’t be able to work for food and shelter.

Last Monday, my friend and I went for a walk at Møllebukta, one of favorite places in Stavanger. It’s a nice sunny day, the sea’s calm and the temperature was great, around 16 degrees Celsius.

The view never fails to amaze us even though we’ve been here a couple of times before. So we stopped and took some pictures from our phones. Then we moved on and found one of our favorite spots which is the cottage with table and benches. Usually, people from the nearby places come there to meet friends and grill there. It’s open for everybody. But when we got there we were surprised to see trash.

It turns out that a/some group of people used the cottage and when they’re done they just left without cleaning up after themselves. Their trash told us that they had grilled sausages, corn in a can, cigarettes and soda.

 

 

I can’t understand these people. Is it hard to clean up? There are lots of trash cans in the area and if they can buy groceries and take it with them at the cottage, then I’m sure that they can also carry the trash into the trash cans nearby.

 

It’s funny. When we were alive we spent much of our time staring up at the cosmos and wondering what was out there. We were obsessed with the moon and whether we could one day visit it. The day we finally walked on it was celebrated worldwide as perhaps man’s greatest achievement. But it was while we were there, gathering rocks from the moon’s desolate landscape, that we looked up and caught a glimpse of just how incredible our own planet was. Its singular astonishing beauty. We called her Mother Earth. Because she gave birth to us, and then we sucked her dry. -Jon Stewart 

 

We only have one planet. So we better take care of it before it’s too late.

 

 

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Can you see the swans?
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Nice view of Madla residence area from Møllebukta.
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Trash everywhere!
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Disposable grills. The one on the right has still a sausage on it.
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The cottage.

From Bergen to Stavanger

One of the perks of taking a bus during summer (or during a nice sunny day) here in Norway is the beautiful views. Whenever I travel to Bergen (or Stavanger from Bergen), I always take the bus because it’s cheaper than flying (though flying would save lots of time). The travel time is 5 hours, with short stops and 2 ferry rides included.

Here are the shots from the ferry ride from Halhjem to Sandvikvåg.

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The wind turbines at Stord

Fiesta in Stavanger! Day 1

Today is the opening of the annual food festival in Stavanger, Gladmat Festivalen (Happy Food Festival). My friends and I went there today to see what they have this year. I found out that it’s almost the same as the previous years. They have seafood, burgers and grill food.

Apparently there are lots of people today. The “not rainy” weather takes credit for that. I’m glad that I get to wear a summery outfit today too.

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