Comment on: A part-time job - what a way to make a living!
Thanks for the suppport! I'm keen to get the extra experience and, of course, the money but I'm really aware of the fact that the university warn against it!!! I'm confident I can manage my time effectively so fingers crossed I get something :)
This sounds like a great idea - just to have that extra support. I'm sure you can feel isolated in specialist roles and there will be situations that you have not encountered before so it's great to be able to lean on each other and share with like-minded practitioners.
Appreciate your comment - it's given me a lot of food for thought. I'm writing my next reflection about this incident and so this has given me an extra angle - thanks again! :)
I'm 31 and started on the advanced diploma last year - I'm quite disgusted at the suggestion that I'm 'quite old' for nursing as I believe it's my age that makes me suitable for nursing in the first place - my maturity has given me confidence, empathy and a stronger ability to relate to people, all of which are key skills for a nurse. I cannot possibly imagine being a strong enough person for this at 17/18 - I would have been, quite frankly, useless.
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I would like the opportunity to defend my article a little - I'm not for one moment suggesting that I do not appreciate practical tests or pressure but, in fact, I'm agreeing with you in that I think that placement is clearly the time to monitor these skills as there's no substitute for the real environment!
And I would be happy to have an OSCE on skills that cannot be performed by students before qualifying, such as IV, as that makes perfect sense, but I am simply questioning the need for any practical test within the falseness of the university setting that could easily be performed whilst in practice. I am simply suggesting that this gives a little more validity to the scenario.
I hope that this makes a little more sense. Many thanks for your comments - always greatly appreciated.