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


Ahhh the old debate rears its ugly head again. Nurses treating student nurses as HCA's. Having been all 3 I actually think there is a very fine line between the roles. HCA's are there to support the role of the nurse, and that includes the student nurse. Students should not feel that the role of a HCA is a scivvy or any less of an important role. I have had my fair share of students who throw the i'm supernumery card and seem to only care about paper work and drug rounds. But thats not what nursing is, it's what it has become. I can't help but feel dis-heartened when thats all my student wants to do. Imagine my joy when we get a student who takes the initiative and takes her self off to feed a patient or give assistance with hygeine or take the time to clean some dentures. yes these seem trivial tasks but when you can't manage them for yourself they are a huge task. I do remember my time as a student and being asked to perform these tasks but I always used the opportunity to chat to the patient to develop communication skills. It was always so much more than a bed change. Any student reading the above article will read it and no doubt agree with some asspect of it. I only hope that they use it to their advantage. To master basic skills and become great nurses. So as when they are qualified they can justify the allocation of any task to their student with conviction. There are already far to many nurses out there who feel that basic care isn't part of their job. It's the first building block in nursing care.

Posted date

4 November, 2009

Posted time

8:54 am