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


Victoria, I empathise with you. I had similar experiences during my training, and wondered if it was me or them. I was ignored as were patients, and I was once reprimanded for daring to talk to a group of patients on a ward and set up a therapeutic music activity! However, despite the setbacks, I got through it and now have a very demanding but fulfilling job as a Community Mental Health nurse. Some of the nursing staff were so bitchy, they refused to help me and work with me. My mentor was not at all helpful, and I was afraid of "rocking the boat". There is a distinct lack of care in the medical profession, and I guess it is largely linked to the poor pay and working conditions, which are being eroded on a daily basis. It is a shameful situation! At least you care and you deserve to succeed. I suspect you may be too good for the profession, but hang on in there, get your qualification, and then look at upgrading to something better in the healthcare sector. Best of luck.

Posted date

21 January, 2015

Posted time

11:16 am