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'My placement don't want me there'


Hi there. I'm sorry your placement has started out so badly and appreciate how difficult it feels to not be wanted in a practice setting. Often these environments are inundated from one student to the next with little break so I appreciate they may be annoyed if they weren't expecting you yet. However this is not your fault and there is no excuse for their poor attitude towards you. It sounds like you have tried your best to meet the outcomes by arranging insight visits which is a good idea. However if the communication between yourself and your mentor has been little, I can also see why they may think you don't want to be there (even though you do). What you need to do in the first part is arrange a meeting with your mentor asap to discuss the learning outcomes and how you will meet them in clinics. Obviously it is possible (I too had a clinic placement) or you wouldn't have been sent there. If this is refused you need to get your uni link tutor involved asap to facilitate this as without the support of your mentor you are at risk of failing the placement which would be unfair. At the danger of sounding pessimistic within our stretched services sometimes the care for students' needs is seen as lowest priority. As student nurses it is our responsibility to manage this, and indeed good preparation for being an assertive nurse. Student nursing is a long hard three years but you are doing well. Good luck on this placement and in your future in nursing!

Posted date

3 March, 2015

Posted time

2:51 pm