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


In response to one of the comments on here where a student nurse wrote "Mentors should know 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"... I just wanted to add as a registered nurse with 5 years experience now training to become a mentor/assessor that Yes in an ideal world these allowances should be made but it is very clear that they are not and it is often the students that suffer. However as a new mentor it is also very difficult to work full time whilst attending the course in our own time at Uni (for no subsidary might i add) then be expected to "teach" and mentor students as well as provide good standards of nursing care to patients on an already understaffed ward. All nurses undertake the basic aspects of nursing care and learn the more technical aspects on qualifying, but i agree also that nurses are qualifying with limited technical experience due to this. However as a mentor who is accountable for a students practice and often doesnt get time to have a break let alone provide regular teaching technical sessions it is understandable why such skills are not being facilitated. The ward environments are often too busy to give mentors and students any protected time and there is no incentive to be a mentor as it often means more stress and more responsibility where nurses are already pushed to the limit over stretched and under resourced.

Posted date

4 November, 2009

Posted time

8:40 am