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Why are so many student nurses experiencing “bad” placements?


In my situation, my mentor feels threatened by my prior clinical knowledge and experience and she does not understand that I need stuff signed off. She only works 22 hours a week and she feels that she cannot trust me to do things alone even tho the other staff who spend more time with me trust me. She is barring me from any sort of learning opportunities and she wants me to stand there next to her and watch her do things. I do not feel respected, cared for or even supported by her and the ward sister who apparently is also my mentor yet has never really worked with me. They are always very critical of me and never recognise the amount of hard work and determination. They say that I am too keep and eager. I don't know how to deal with this and it makes me feel very anxious. I worry that because of them not "having the time" to sign my paperwork and not allowing me to take advantage of the many opportunities that present on the ward I would not become the nurse I would want to become. This is a day surgery ward so the work is pretty straight forward, book patient in for surgery, they go in surgery, come back and they are monitored for a couple of hours with obs and they are given food and drinks and if they are ok they are sent home. The work is very repetitive and I can't say I've learned anything new but there are plenty of opportunities to go into theatre, pre-Ams, endoscopy, cardioversion, theatres where I can shadow the recovery and scrub nurses, biopsy clinics etc. The other students on the ward who have other mentors get to see all of these but I am not allowed to because I need to "get used to the ward". They hate it that I have so much knowledge (4 years of medical degree) and they feel threatened. They twist my words because when I said I would like to go and shadow the scrub nurse she said " oh so the nursing assistants' work is not important to you? You know their work is important!" I don't know what to do.

Posted date

6 April, 2017

Posted time

7:20 am