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


I think Student nurses would experience better placements, if mentors were actually bothered to teach students. Understandably ward environments are busy of course, but that is no excuse to treat student nurses with contempt. I remember as a student having a mentor that didn't speak to me the whole six weeks I was on the ward, and was quite happy for me to just be an extra pair of hands, of course I said needed to learn but still didn't care. Nothing wrong with personal care, I love it when I get the time!, it's all our duty, but I really should have been doing the same stuff she was doing, but alas didn't care, and there are many mentors out there like that, and students don't report because they are so scared, 9/10 times if anyone reported a bad placement they were kept on it, and treated even worse, the universities don't really care either, you have tutors ponificating how to be a good nurse, but the majority haven't nursed patients in years, you learn rubbish about research methods that I can honestly say have never come in handy to the practicality of my job, only for when I'm on a CDP course etc then I know how to write an assignment. I honestly think students don't have great experiences because they are not respected. For example you never have a name, it's always (The Student), or used to escort patients because permanent staff cant be bothered, I always remember 'Oh the student will go', when of course you aren't insured as you aren't in the numbers, but really you are when the ward gets short. But I also had wonderful placements, and the nice staff were always the ones, who I aspired to be like. The only benefit of a few bad placements for me was that, it showed what a good nurse and mentor I wanted to be for future student nurses. Really practice education faciliatators, and even university tutuors need to be coming to the placement areas more often, and checking on the welfare of the students. It amazes me still how they don't understand why there is such a high drop out rate within nursing. But not everywhere is the same, but there is always somewhere that has a back biting and bitchy culture. The only advice I can give students is, if you are in an area where there is a clicky culture, don't get involved, and always remember you are learners as a student nurse, so ask to do skills, and the majority of the time trained staff will say yes, so do try and take responsibilty for your learning. Just remember you are on your way to be nurses, so you be the nurse that you'd want looking after your family, and you will go far and enjoy your career.

Posted date

10 February, 2015

Posted time

10:23 pm