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Are you compassionate, or too busy to care?
Please can we ignore the above comments and assume that the department in question is evidently badly managed and ppl there extremely stressed.
I find it difficult to be compassionate now, at first I could have cried every time I saw a pressure ulcer on Mrs B or the fact that every patient is left to stare at the wall all day in their 'recovery time'.
Staffing pressures, workload (that of a HCA and a mini-medic it seems) and unattainable government targets have a way of stripping good people of emotions!
Also...3 years of constantly being assessed, never feeling good enough, staff bossing you around/ being consistently called 'the student', and uni work on top of it all takes its toll- to the point where I ask myself why I even entered the 'caring' profession after all?!
I absolutely LOVE my patients, but after qualifying am actually considering an alternative career..I feel I need to do a job that I can actually exercise my compassion not one I have to act it whilst walking on egg-shells.
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