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


it is a sad affair if student nurses feel that clearing up poo is not part of their role. There could be many health issues relating to the patient which they may miss such as melena which has serious health implications on the patient. When I was a student nurse, i prefered to have direct pateint care i therefore could document true casenotes and knew what issues each patient had. Are these student nurses going to be the new qualified staff who do not see patient care and the nutritional status of the patient as being important?? At the end of the day it is the responsibility of a qualified nurse to ensure the patients in their care are well care for and i would suggest student nurses go and read the NMC The Code! I have mentored student nurses and when they display signs of not wanting to attend to any duties they deem as being a health care assistants role I ask them why they chose nursing as a career. Another question to ask is define "Nursing", amazing the answers I get back. If people chose to go through three years of training please do it for the right reasons, it is not a glorified job, it is hard work but nursing is the holistic care of each patient not simply administering medications and sitting at a computer imputting information about patients you dont really know

Posted date

4 November, 2009

Posted time

8:55 am