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Comment: 'Bear with me, I'm a student'

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Kerisha Francois-Kastner gives us a poem about her experiences as a nurse in training

Bear with me, I’m a student,

I do not know it all. So please guide and support me and help me when I fall.

I know that you are busy with a hundred different tasks but I’m on my learning journey - my errors will not last.

I know the phones are ringing, the call bells are going too, but please take some time just to show me what you want me to do.

Bear with me, I’m a student, I’m trying my very best. I may make a few mistakes - to this I can confess.

Please do not be put off if my confidence is at times a wee bit low, it’s just that I am anxious and you may even think me slow.

Bear with me, I’m a student - remember you once stood in my place?

So please do not be too quick to judge me if I don’t have a smile upon my face.

I’m scared and I am nervous about what you expect of me.

So let us work together and make this a successful learning journey.

Kerisha Francois-Kastner is a current student nurse at University of West London.

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Readers' comments (1)

  • I can empathise with this even having nursed for 30yrs . You get your helpful mentors and staff as well as those who are not,in this profession and any other.You get flourishing work cultures and those which are not.
    So the morale of this story is at least you can reflectively use these experiences to come the nurse you want to be.
    you do have the right to have full explanations and reassurances if you don't know something or need clarification of a skill or situation-as this is what training is for and any qualified nurse who isn't doing this is not being supportive to professional. We re all rushed of our feet at times but should still be supportive.

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