Student Nurse and HCSW
I'm an Open University Stage 3 mental health nursing student - graduating 2019.
“Make sure you have some breakfast and if you’re going to faint make sure you faint away from the patient.”
Very good advice. I am not squeamish at all and happily watched extensive surgeries and was shown by a wonderful surgeon all of the internal organs, including craning my neck and being told to shove the assisting surgeon out of the way to see into the thoracic cavity and get a look at the heart! (I didn't actually shove him, he kindly stepped back and let me have a good look) I love wounds and wound care and the only thing that makes my stomach turn is the sound of someone producing a sputum sample.
However! Despite knowing that I was fine with blood and gore I still collapsed within 5 minutes of entering the operating theatre. Apparently it is something to do with the gases in the air which you get used to as you spend more time in theatre but my constitution was quite sensitive to! I didn't quite collapse but that is only because the lovely, strong, 6ft 6 anaesthetist caught me and gently lowered me to the floor!
I had a brilliant time once I had recovered and had been given some water and biscuits but I would definitely make sure that if I started to feel funny again I would take the advice I was given and immediately sit on the floor!
I enjoyed the novelty of theatres and liked being able to see the inside of the body and marvel at how it all fits in there and works(!!) but, I wouldn't want to work there, not quite enough patient interaction for me, I like my washing and dressing.
Comment on: Is older people's nursing a specialism?
I went into nursing wanting to work on an elderly care ward and definitely think it is a specialty, albeit an unrecognised one, especially as our Trust now have no dedicated Geriatric wards.
Ha! Is it not from Monty Python Flying Circus? (Just to make you feel old) My Dad loves Monty Python, and used to make us watch it all the time. I think I've watched almost everything they've ever written/made! But anywho...
Fortunately, despite definitely being a 'cracker' :-p I did not come into nursing to bag a doctor but I do think that the size of cohorts can be somewhat excessive sometimes, although necessary in some instances, seeing as our cohort has shrank drastically since first year.
Mentioning pensions, I do agree, as my own mother would not go on strike to defend my pension because hers is "alright, thank you very much". Ho hum.
Anonymous | 8-May-2012 1:30 pm
"We (the older generation of nurses), tell students that our training was better, simply because it was."
And this, on a thread supposedly encouraging and promoting all that is good about current nurse training. It's really quite insulting and upsetting to read, and be told, over and over again, that your training is "inadequate" or "worse than previous training" when it is not worse, it is not inadequate, it is just different.
"I have yet to see a student nurse in the ward situation who is confident with their work - and I believe this is due to them spending insufficient time in the clinical arena, with patients."
So as a student you NEVER felt overwhelmed? Not only has the role of a nurse vastly changed since my mother qualified in the 80s but what we are supposed to be competant and confident in before qualification is, in some instances, much more complex than previously expected of students. I am confident in my work. I am a third year student nurse. I am confident in my ability to provide basic nursing care to my patients and I am becoming more confident in more complex clinical skills. I think it is a bit of a stretch, and quite rude, to say that you have "never" seen a student nurse who is confident in their own abilities. If your attitude is as it has been represented here, it would not surprise me if you yourself are filling students with doubt and not helping to build their confidence.
"First line qualifications should be obtained with a combination of theory and practice, as ours were -"
And as ours are! What do you think we do exactly as our training? Over half of our time is spent working in various clinical areas.
"and degree courses made available as a post-graduate option for those who wish to continue their education."
Which was the case up until this year, so all of those student nurses that you have just put down with your disparaging remarks were probably, mostly trained with a DipHE Nursing, to go on to do a Degree following qualification. The benefits of Degree only training is a different debate but many of the Degree trained Nurses at University are brilliant.
I begin my final placement in June (ARGH!) and I have no idea where I want to specialise when I qualify. We were not given the choice to pick any of our placements, apart from this last one, and it was really hard for me to write 5 choices down as I have no idea where I want to work.
The only things I am certain of are:
- I made the right choice doing Adult Nursing and not taking my Child place.
- I don't want to work in A&E/Theatres.
- I don't want to work in Urology/GU.
- I like working with elderly patients.
- I like caring for Level 2 patients but am still worried about Level 3's.
The 5 choices I wrote down were:
- Stroke Rehabilitation
- GI Medicine
- Burns and Plastics
Who knows where I'll work/get a job!