I was watching some student nurses deliver some sensitive and effective care on a ward last week.
Their attitude to the patients was both respectful and compassionate. It made me think about this group and wonder how they must be experiencing the current media onslaught on nursing.
And the negative stories about nursing students which have been out in the last year or so – reporting a lack of compassion and a lack of numeracy skills. It’s hard work training to be a nurse – combining the dual demands of studying and practical placements.
It requires dedication and energy. And it is a challenge to be on the wards dealing with very sick patients, seeing things that your friends who are studying other subjects will very likely never see.
The majority of student nurses take on this challenge as young adults and as we know training as a nurse makes you grow up fast. At least when you get to your third year you begin to feel as if you know what you doing and you can take the variety of challenges in your stride more easily.
I am hoping the Student Nursing Times Awards which we have launched this year will go some way to supporting and celebrating the efforts of student nurses and all those involved in training the nurses of the future.
If you are a student nurse in your third year, a mentor, lecturer or run the best nursing course then please take this opportunity to enter online by March 2nd.