YuYu 2015 China

Nursing student final clinical training in Peking Union Medical College Hospital, BeiJing China.

Monthly Archives: May 2015

Operating theater in PUMCH

Operating theaters in PUMCH is huge. There is one surgical building which consists of three floors as operating theaters. Forty-eight operating rooms are included in the surgical building, in which eight operating rooms are for emergency operations. Eighteen operating rooms are in the internal medicine department.

There are approximately 160 to 240 operations done here in PUMCH from Monday to Friday. Opportunities are available to see different types of surgeries, including cardiovascular, brain, orthopedics, gynecological, neurology, plastic surgeries etc. Robot assisted surgeries were started into practice here in PUMCH since last year. However, it is not yet available for students. 

I have two weeks practice opportunities here in the operating theater. Thus my goal of this experience is mainly focusing on understanding the systematic team work in the operating theater,  and size opportunities to see different types of surgeries.

Finished one month clinical training in the intensive care unit

Four weeks of clinical training in the intensive care unit was completed! My feelings to the nurses’ job there was “intensive”. I decided to have one nurse as my supervisor because it was easier to follow one person for the whole period and the trust relationship would built within time. Thus l could learn more and have more practice opportunities during my practice.

During the four weeks, l had only worked for three to four days a week and in total the working days was 13 days. However, the working hours was about 40 hours per week because each shift last from 12 to 13 hours. In the intensive care unit they only had day shift and night shift, and working hours was from 7:20- 20:00 and 19:20 -08:00 respectively. Lunch break and dinner break was included in the day shift, however there was no specific coffee break or meal break during night shift. I had one night shift every week, and after the night shift l felt that l would pass out! It was too busy most of the time, I got dehydrated and the working hours was too long making me exhausted!

The learning experiences there were most valuable for me because it was the most systematic learning. I had opportunities to write nursing interventions on the patient’s electrical medical history and gave oral report during the shift changing. In addition, l had communication opportunities with both  patient and their family members. It was great feelings to communicate with them, however, sometimes I feel it might be better if l do not know what is going on.

Enjoyed the real local Chinese hotpot with Finnish classmates

Things that foreigners find annoying when visiting China.
The most annoying thing that foreigners dislike about china is the squatting toilets. Chinese do not like seating toilets because they think it is NOT hygienic, thus there are not so many seating toilets available, and even if there are seating toilets available, some Chinese people would prefer to squat instead of seating.
In addition, remember that you always have to carry your own toilet paper. Practice squats before visiting china will make your life easier. 😀



Sanna Johansson & Sami Hakkarainen at SanLiTun of BeiJing







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Night life in BeiJing


psb (4)Spicy SiChuan Chinese food

psb (1)Local breakfast in BeiJing HuTong

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Ready to visit the forbidden city

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psb (7)It doesn’t look good, but it tasted wonderful.

psb (1)The bird nest for Olympic from 2008.

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It was so much fun to have them here in BeiJing. They enjoyed Beijing and the local delicious Chinese food.

Different Working Uniforms from PUMCH

Here are some pictures of nursing uniforms from different department of PUMCH.

QQ Photo20150505133944Nursing uniform from Resuscitation Room. QQ Photo20150505133927

20150331_131241Nursing uniform with little hat from a normal ward.QQ Photo20150505133435

QQ Photo20150505133759Nursing uniform from surgical ICU department.20150424_224929

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PUMCH has three employee restaurants. This was a buffet lunch and price is  15 Yuan per person, (2.20-2.50 euros).

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This was the first couple of days when they did not have nursing uniforms, so I had the doctor’s uniform. There was another exchange student from Denmark who was also doing her practice in PUMCH.


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