Comment on: What to do when you're feeling like a spare part
Student to student, I'd advice you that if you have been assigned a task and you do not understand the benefit of carrying it out, ASK. There is nothing wrong in seeking understanding. This is why we go on placements to have an opportunity to learn and understand the reason behind the theory. I used to think that doing personal care all day is mundane but I realized that if I do not have the opportunity to do that, how am I going to know the integrity of that patient's skin?
Its the same with feeding, I can make a difference to someone by taking my time to feed them as I do not have any pressing work to do. In doing this I could discover that the reason the patient was not eating before is because they are being made to eat in a rush therefore I have discovered another way to impact on the care of the patient whilst improving on their nutrition which to me makes a good reason why we are in nursing.
If you do not have people to ask, carry out further reading around your area of location and you will always find additional literature to explain why we do what we do on the wards. I hope you find this useful.