Can you advise this student nurse?
“I started my nursing course in September and am doing my second placement. But I’m starting to think that I’m just not suited to a career as a nurse.
“I get all the theory and find it fascinating. I even enjoy writing essays! But I really struggle to have any rapport with patients because I just feel so out of my comfort zone when I’m on placement.
“My first placement was outpatients and I pretty much just watched but now I’m on a ward and I’m scared even to be on my own without a nurse with me in case something goes wrong. I have a feeling of dread every time I go to placement.
“I’ve spoken to other people on my course - in my own year and those above - and everyone has said it’s because I’m in my first year and I’ll soon ‘get’ it, but I can’t shake this feeling that actually I’m just not cut out for nursing and everyone’s just too nice to say it.
“So now I’m asking strangers, who have no reason to just to be nice, should I be carrying on with nursing?”
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