I qualified as an enrolled nurse in the 80s and worked in orthopaedics, care of the elderly and in trauma theatre in Edinburgh. I did the conversion course in 96 and worked for 4 years in respiratory medicine. I completed a diploma in cancer and palliative care in 2000.
I left the NHS in 2003 and have worked as an information nurse specialist for a cancer charity ever since. It is very rewarding and varied but I do sometimes miss patient contact and working with other nurses. I have worked with some amazing and inspirational nurses in my time.
I have completed further studies in CBT and in Social Sciences
It's such a shame that any student should experience this and can potentially taint future opportunities for them. What about mentors? They have some responsibility here surely or should be flagging it as a concern to their managers. A comprehensive plan at the start of the placement with regular meetings throughout should pick up any concerns., And even if the mentor says that there may be times when this all goes pear shaped for whatever reason, at least the student is aware and as long as it's not a regular or longstanding occurrence it may be possible to get back on track..
Having worked nights in trauma theatre and A & E I can totally relate to this. But from the other side of the fence; I had cause to take my elderly mum into A & E last year as she'd fallen in a nursing home breaking her hip. It was a Friday night and I was shocked at the conditions the staff were working in. I felt stressed out watching them. My mum had dementia and she was surrounded by drunks covered in blood cursing and swearing and police and staff trying to keep a lid on it all.. I described it then as a war zone and my poor mum was confused and frightened.. Sadly mum died as a result of her fall and this is one of my last memories with her..Not a pleasant one at all..
Anonymous | 29-Sep-2014 12:22 pm I agree, shocking waste of money. The consideration to be able to pay by monthly direct debit will help though..
A good support system and a fair wage might tempt me back .. There are many aspects that I miss.
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ms1233 | 1-Sep-2014 11:28 am I think that's a little harsh, surely it can be used along side other communication skills teaching to enhance the experience of patients and their loved ones. I think every little helps (to coin a phrase) but absolutely it should be stressed to the students that this along with developing excellent communication skills in general, is a useful tool. And who knows, if its a resounding success then it can be taken up by other HCPs ..:)