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

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To the anon above, as a third year student (and previous HCA) I would like to point out that perhaps the situation is being misunderstood... in my experience the majority of students are complaining about 'clearing up poo' NOT because they don't see it as their role but because they would like the opportunity to learn other skills too. I know I feel completely unprepared for qualification, perhaps I have been unlucky but it's only in my current management placement that I'm actually being given the opportunity to provide a full range of care, not just the aspects in which I already had experience thanks to my previous role. It's a frightening time, particularly in third year and I think students are having to be vocal about needing time for technical skills rather than just being an extra pair of hands 90% of the time. I personally was told in second year that I could not change a shift to attend a family event because the ward was short-staffed, and on the day in question I didn't even see my mentor but worked with the HCAs all day - as I did many days. This was not because my mentor didn't care, but because of the immense pressures she and the other qualified staff were consistently working under. It's a sad truth that this is how much of the NHS functions now.

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6 November, 2009

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12:50 pm

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Headline

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

Comment

To the anon above, as a third year student (and previous HCA) I would like to point out that perhaps the situation is being misunderstood... in my experience the majority of students are complaining about 'clearing up poo' NOT because they don't see it as their role but because they would like the opportunity to learn other skills too. I know I feel completely unprepared for qualification, perhaps I have been unlucky but it's only in my current management placement that I'm actually being given the opportunity to provide a full range of care, not just the aspects in which I already had experience thanks to my previous role. It's a frightening time, particularly in third year and I think students are having to be vocal about needing time for technical skills rather than just being an extra pair of hands 90% of the time. I personally was told in second year that I could not change a shift to attend a family event because the ward was short-staffed, and on the day in question I didn't even see my mentor but worked with the HCAs all day - as I did many days. This was not because my mentor didn't care, but because of the immense pressures she and the other qualified staff were consistently working under. It's a sad truth that this is how much of the NHS functions now.

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6 November, 2009

Posted time

12:50 pm

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