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


Practice placement is called that for a reason, we are practicing for being nurses. All we have to do is do what a nurse would do within safe limits of our capabilities and learning level, the qualified nurse we are paired with will do what we cant. This practice way of learning starts with getting people up in the morning. Yes in first year you do a lot of personal care but this is necessary to get good at things (as state above) like time management, understanding the patients capabilities, on your feet assessment, familiarising yourself with the patients needs instead of asking an HCA weather they have been continent, eaten, mobilised etc. I fear students who dont practice the hands on approach will become the hands off nurses that know know who their patients really are. Nurses dont qualify and accept new roles like medicine admin or catherterisation they add these roles to all the ohers from giving someone a tissue to bed bathing etc

Posted date

4 November, 2009

Posted time

8:09 am