ST Nurse 81
I had to stop mid way though year 2 (may 2015) as I fell pregnant in 1st year, it was hard going back (April 2106)with a 9month old baby but now I am starting 3rd year and it was actually pretty easy, as some one else said the shifts are most likely 3 long days, so it helps having the 4 days together. The only down side to this was if my shifts fell in a row I didn't see little man awake for days. I was also breastfeeding so had to pump at work, they wards were fab and really understanding. Give it a go!
Just out of interest from a student point of view (you probably won't read it)
I think it is unfair to say that student nurses are clueless, that traditionally qualified is better or anything along these lines, nurses are nurses wether qualified "in the good old days" or qualified in a university setting. Students come in all shapes and sizes from varying backgrounds and age groups, some having previous experience and some having none being all of 18. At the end of the day a student is there to learn and it seems that some "traditionally qualified nurses" may make this difficult for the student. Those poor student may have had their whole placement experience ruined by the attitude you have given them. Everyone has to learn, every nurse and student nurse has chosen this career and having various routes in is a good thing. There are lots of HCA's that are financially unable to leave work to go to University full time, does this mean that by joining the apprenticeship they are lesser nurses as it will take longer? Do those attending university think they are better than others? I for one do not, I am starting my 3rd year this month and proud to be attending university. I have had some amazing mentors both degree and diploma qualified and I have so far not come across an arrogant old school nurse like yourself before, shame on you!