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


I have found similar experiences in my placement. There is this bad habit of 'bitching' about colleagues and having no respect for each other as staff nurses. I receive no help and is given menial tasks because they don't trust me. I show my enthusiasm and they use this to make me go to every patient as they ignore them and carry on with the paperwork. Once I tried to do paperwork but they didn't want me to sit around cos they needed someone on their feet to basically boss around. Some staff nurses even ignore each other and give me different ''orders'' but then shout at me when I don't do them in the same second. Its quite ridiculous. My mentor she is lovely but I feel targeted when she isn't around. Everyone's attitude changes and they become more bossy and rude towards me. I've been scolded only when my mentor isn't around which is very coincidental. One nurse even rudely said that 'student nurses shouldn't even be doing obs'. There is this lack of trust and respect on my ward for student nurses and frankly I'm not even surprised as they don't normally receive students. Some staff nurses are reluctant to give me breaks and when I ask they are like 'you can go later'. I have had that same problem with when the ward is short-staffed they use me as a support worker. They ask me to do things I've only seen once and get mad when I do it properly...well you could've spared two minutes to teach me properly instead of embarrassing me in front of the patient. The only option for me is to just avoid the days these staff nurses work.

Posted date

23 April, 2017

Posted time

8:13 pm