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Student nurses call for longer clinical placements


I totally agree with the need to scrap uni alltogether and get students back into the hospitals, community full time. I am a mature 3rd year student who fortunately has had some excellent mentors and worked with some great MDT members, but i feel that i am unprepaired for qualifying at this present time. I am currently on my critical care placement and i feel like totally useless, our last placement was in November and this has made me feel like i have just gone back to the beginning of my training, we get far too much time in school and too long a break between placements. Ours are 7 weeks each which we have 3 a year and it is just not enough. Yes we need to have to do acedemic work but not whopping great essays that stress us out, at the end of the day do our patients really care if we have got an A16 or a D5 in a 4,000 word essay, i am yet to nurse a patient who asks me what grades i have acheived, i also see some students who are on their final placement and i wouldn't trust them with my dog let alone a family member, and the patients pick up on this too. Bring on longer placements and better pay and the nursing care will improve, i'm sure of it.

Posted date

15 May, 2010

Posted time

8:06 pm