This student nurse is feeling down about the way patients and familes treat her. Can you help her?
“Background - I am a first year paediatrics student, I’ve just completed my second placement. On both occasions I’ve had to witness some heartbreaking stuff, and I am encouraged by how well I have dealt with it.
“However I am struggling to deal with the way parents talk to us. The other nurses, and my mentor, have told me to get used to it, that they don’t mean it and in the cold light of day, they will feel bad about it.
“But I am struggling to let it go. I’ve been verbally abused once, questioned multiple times and seen other nurses go through far worse. I can’t get used to people being angry at me for trying to help them and their families. It doesn’t make sense, and it’s really getting to me. Will I always feel this way? What can I do to deal with it?”