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'My placement don't want me there'

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I am extremely sorry to hear about your predicament. This is not what should happen to anyone during their nurse training. The fact that you actually contacted the placement before your arrival should have prepared them, unfortunately this has happened, but I think that you should firstly discuss this with your mentor, especially the behaviour of the person you spoke to regarding your placement. If you feel that your mentor is not supportive you could speak to your personal tutor and see if they can offer you some advice. It does not matter how many students that a designated placement area has, each student is as important as the next. It may be that the area is renowned for their problems adapting to receiving students frequently and this says more about them than their students. If nothing else, at least you know how not to behave as a future professional, as I did on one of my first placements. As for the person that thinks you are looking for excuses not to be on your placement, maybe someone should point out that nurse education has undergone major changes to placements, including Hub and Spoke placements. Maybe this individual is not a mentor, or if they are, do not attend yearly mentorship updates. You could use this opportunity to reflect on the situation which will also help you to develop as a student and a future professional and hopefully a mentor once qualified. Enjoy your studies, but try to remember to use all placements/activities as potential learning activities, whether positive or negative. It's all about you and how you evaluate and use all experiences to your advantage to ensure you come out the other side of nurse training as a well rounded individual.

Posted date

6 March, 2015

Posted time

7:45 pm

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