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


I have always thought that having students in the workplace is beneficial for many reasons. They are a fresh pair of eyes. Even though they are inexperienced, they are still able to notice when things do not seem 'quite right', or wonder why a particular thing is done the way it is. Their ideas may not always be helpful, but they should always be listened too, as questioning innovative nurses are what they are aspiring to be. However having said that, there are channels to be adhered to, and criticising nursing staff on the ward, while they are working, especially in front of patients, is not the way. All students should have a mentor they can talk to, and ideally a feedback questionnaire at the end of the placement. What about the link tutors? They can do an excellent job as a bridge between the university and the hospital, and foster understanding of the difference between clinical situations in the classroom and that on the ward. I would never condone lack of compassion or respect for anyone, patient or staff, and if a student truly believes someone is being abused, then she should report her concerns to the sister in charge of the ward, or the directorate until someone listens.

Posted date

20 January, 2015

Posted time

12:07 pm