"This is something us student nurses should do" so we get a chance to see "How Christmas works in the real work environment" ? Just enjoy Christmas off as a student! We have plenty of years to figure out how it works when we qualify! This is my final year as a student and I shall be enjoying my annual leave, spending Christmas with all the people I love, because I know I won't get chance to do it again for a good few years! Family first, always! Appreciate the time you have with them and give yourself a break!
Comment on: 'Is there any future in nursing?'
If anything a career in nursing is pretty limitless! You could go into district nursing, specialist nursing, practice nursing, emergency nursing, armed forces nursing, oncology nursing, rapid response, research nursing, management, tissue viability nursing, health visiting, midwifery.... (and these are to name just a few). It's such a diverse career that if you're bored with where you are you could change your path and move around easily. You can't do that with your standard mon-fri office job can you? As for the pay... if you compare the starting salary with other graduate jobs it's pretty good! You also move up your band as you progress your career, not forgetting your unsociable hours enhancement if you're working nights and weekends. If you want a career that is challenging, exciting and limitless with excellent development prospects, then choose nursing! I'm glad I did, I can't wait to qualify. Being a student aswell, I understand the financial worries, however you can usually join the bank at the hospital your training at to do a few shifts as a hca. Again, this pays well compared to peers at uni who have a bar or restaurant job! Good Luck!!! You wont regret it.
The only way nurses are able to make decent money at the moment is by doing overtime with a private agency! I think the whole pay situation is ridiculous for nurses, not even entitled to a 1% pay rise? I'm a student nurse and I am considering working at these agencies alongside my NHS job. In real terms nurses have taken a HUGE pay cut. It's not our fault the government and NHS spend their budgets irresponsibly. The NHS need to start appreciating their staff before they're all lost to the private sector. A lot of the nurses on my placement's didn't even get breaks on a 12.5 hour shift. The working conditions are atrocious. Something needs to be done, before it's too late.
Comment on: Win two tickets to this year's IPS conference!
As a student I ensure my hand washing AND drying technique is correct. I encourage patients to get involved by offering them the opportunity to wash their hands before meals or if they are unable to get to the sink offer them an antibacterial hand wipe. Using antibacterial/sanitising wipes to keep the bed area clean and ensure every patient has hand gel available if they wish to use it. Washing hands between patient's and wiping down equipment after use (examples: Blood pressure cuffs and pulse oximeters). Ensuring aprons and gloves are being disposed of immediately and correctly after you have finished performing a task (dont use the same gloves for another patient).