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'I'm struggling to be authoritative on placement'


As someone who has very recently qualified, I had the exact same thing happened to me on my sign off placement. The least cooperative HCA had actually been on the same ward for 27 years (longer than I had been alive!) and actively told off other HCA's from doing anything to help me, even something as simple as a set of observations when they were doing the rounds anyway. Because she was such a long standing member of staff she was 'untouchable' and I could not make a single member of staff listen to me and my attitude was brought into question for thinking I was 'above' her and told me that I was supposed to do the 'exact same job as her, we were no different' (my learning objectives made me disagree) At the end of the day we have no status as students, no "rights" so to speak. It goes without saying that you catch more flies with honey and so you should try to appeal to their better nature to get them to help you but I'm sure you've been doing that already. Don't allow them to source this experience for you. You need to get everything ounce of actual 'nursing' (and yes I do think it is different from caring, you wouldn't have reached third year if you didn't care) you can before you qualify because you'll be thrown straight into it with no safety net of being a student once you're a staff nurse. Its cane to light during my experience that if I didn't make them for excellent about themselves and their ability to do their job i was seen as unfit to do mine. Some serious nastiness went on and Staff Nurses started refusing to sign my skills that I had demonstrated and my hours off. I was told that I was not deemed fit to practice and had to transfer and extend my final placement (and act as a straight up martyr on the new ward) in order to have my sign off completed and qualify on time. Do NOT suffer in silence like I did! Get your mentor on your side ASAP if you can, keep a contemporaneous log after every incident of the HCA's refusing to cooperate with you (use their exact language and keep it professional- no emotive language or else you will be penalised for that) and get uni staff on-side too in case you need them. At least this isn't your last placement so if the problems are not resolved by the time you leave you can at least talk to your next mentor regarding this and they will hopefully be more understanding.

Posted date

26 August, 2017

Posted time

4:21 pm