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Linda Smith

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  • Comment on: Nurses warn against palliative care ‘misunderstandings’

    Linda Smith's comment 30 July, 2015 4:46 pm

    We as nurses are to blame for some of the back lash. We find it hard to spend 5 minutes with a patients family to explain what care we are providing to their loved one. Why we have stopped giving solid food or reduced their fluid intake, all have a reason behind it but we don't explain it to those who see it. Healthcare professionals have a lot to be desired when it comes to communication skills and that is the basic problem. Its not the pathway it us.

  • Comment on: 'My placement don't want me there'

    Linda Smith's comment 6 March, 2015 4:25 pm

    This situation can happen at any point in your student career, not just first placement of first year. I suguest that you speak to your mentor first, explain how you feel and why. I have just had to do the same thing with my mentor as she was not very good at giving me feedback on how well/or bad I was doing and I often felt incompetent. We had a good chat and the air was cleared and found that she is a stickler for correct paperwork and promised to make sure she praised as well as corrected work I have done. I am on my second to last placement of third year so that just proves my point. But never just go off complaining to others until you have given your mentor a chance to explain or change her/his behaviour. She may just be shocked about how you feel, not everyone can pick up the signals. Good luck with the rest of your training.