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New recruits lack basic skills says trust nursing director


May i remind everyone that there is 50% of time in university and 50% of time on placement. Any failure must equally be shared. This is a prime example of the practice-theory gap. Student nurses are taught the up to date, evidence based, patient centred, holistic way of doing things in university, but when they get out onto the wards things are a little bit different. As a qualified nurse on a ward the aim isn't to provide excellent care for all patients to ensure that they receive optimum treatment, but it's to get through that 1 shift where you haven't enough staff, there are insufficient resources, and there are too many demands made on your time. As a student your aim isn't to develop your skills in a supportive environment, learning from the best and challenging bad practice at every turn, your aim is to get through that placement, and to do that you are at the mercy of your mentor, so you fit in, you do as you are told, and only if the risk of being in coroners court is greater than than the pain that is any form of university/hospital appeals/disciplinary procedure do you say anything. Student nurses need to be given the time that they deserve by all members of staff, and should be valued for what they bring to the team - a fresh set of eyes every couple of months in your working area, often with experience of other clinical areas, and prior life experience, and an ability to ask questions we often loose upon qualifying.

Posted date

2 December, 2009

Posted time

10:13 am