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


I am a 1st year student nurse I have completed my 1st placement and passed it. When i first started i did not know what was expected of me. I had no previous healthcare experience and trust me when i say it was a massive shock. I was a little apprehensive to clean feaces more than patients because of the smell and i am sure you can all appreciate that. When my mentor realised this she spoke to me and pointed out that patient care and bedside manner is the basic and if you cannot appreciate and carry out these tasks I will not let you do anything else. I guess for me it was the shock of it all and the fact that ramadan had started and I was fasting!! I know not good!! but i decided I am going to have to get on with it and it is a part of the job with the support of all the team i became one of them and enjoyed it while it lasted. The point is mentors should ask their students if they have had any previous healthcare experience as if they haven't like me they won't have a clue and the image os that student may be put accross as unenthusiastic and uninterested which may not be the case and students for god'ssake get on with it I know there are some good ones out there that do and there are some who see basic care as HCA jobs but its not!! and to all HCA's I have a lot of respect for all of you as I do not know how nurses would cope if you guyz wern't around and i'm sure many people will agree with me!!

Posted date

6 November, 2009

Posted time

2:27 pm