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


I have decided to leave the NHS after 15 years working as a nurse, the attitude to patient care has changed so much. I trained to be a nurse, not a glorified receptionist. I miss spending time with patients under my care, whether that is to attend to their personal care, helping them with their diet and fluids, speaking to them to find out what issues and worries they have and attempting to resolve them with the help of the MDT. I no longer want to spend over 3 hours completing a stack of paperwork for one grade 2 pressure ulcer. In this day and age which comes first paperwork or patient care? As a mentor, I would not be saying to students "ill just sign your paperwork" do these staff not know they are accountable for the students they just sign off? It is frightening to see and hear what is happening in the NHS. I am a fair mentor and will encourage my students to get the most out of their placements but if the student is not up to the mark after input from the university and the clinical facilitator then they will fail the placement. It is a mentors responsibility to ensure that competent students progress, then I have to question how competent is the nurse to be mentoring student nurses?

Posted date

4 November, 2009

Posted time

9:20 am