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Student nurses call for longer clinical placements

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as a mentor i have student nurses for 6 to 8 weeks during a students placement i try to give as much time as possible to give students an insight into my role where it fits in with the multipiciplary team and whilst i can understand frustration at maybe not spending longer with mentors, mentors are under pressure too from the nursing schools to take students on back to back placements, i dont believe this is beneficial for either students or mentors, for obvious reasons annual leave training other members of the team requiring support and if like myself work part time also help run a team, the strain of having a student nurse is considerable. but i can also see that student nurses need placements and there are huge numbers who need experience so what is the answer? fewer students with longer placements? whilst i am hesitatant about student nurses spending time working in charity shops it is a wonderful way to meet the public our customers so to speak and learn people skills as far as i am aware this has not happened in my area. i am concerned that some student nurses feel that they should not be given tasks that "health care assistants are paid for" and this makes me quite angry. i am a grade 6 and if for what ever reason i.e. wash a patient etc so their care is completed i will do it the patient should come first. if we are breeding student nurses that think menial tasks are beneath them then perhaps nursing is not the career for them.

Posted date

10 May, 2010

Posted time

9:03 am

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