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'Clearing up poo will not help me learn' - student nurses reject basic care


As a third year student, I'd say the issue is not that students refuse to get involved with personal care but that ward staff don't know what to do with students when they are on placement so use them as a spare HCA. The statement given by the student in the main article makes perfect sense to me. Students arrive on a ward armed with a list of learning objectives that need to be achieved whilst on placement and spend much of the time being used as a spare HCA. We students dont want to complain or alienate ourselves from our colleagues so we get on with it but then it starts coming towards the end of our placement and it becomes apparant that we are not going to complete our learning objectives as all we have done since arriving on placement is "clean up poo". This is when we are forced to have to focus ourselves and refuse to do some of the basic bedside care so that we can achieve what we have been sent there to do. In my opinion, there is a massive failing in the way Universities and placements communicate with each other. Mentor's never seem to understand the students paperwork or what they are and are not allowed to do whilst on that placement. I've arrived on placements and been allocated mentors that are annual leave for 3 weeks, i've been allocated mentors that have had no mentor training, i've been allocated mentors that are so disillusioned with the NHS that they actively encourage me to rebel and tell me that they are going to sign off all my learning objectives regardless of whether i even turn up to placement because "its all b*****ks now anyway". Nursing mentors need to be given formal positions where they are sent on yearly training to learn the students paperwork and what they are expected to teach their students, given protected time during the working week to spend time with their students and paid a subsidary (much in the way that social working mentors are) to provide the motivation to do the job and reward the effort they are putting in.

Posted date

4 November, 2009

Posted time

1:37 am