Can you advise this student nurse?
“I can’t stop feeling massive waves of anxiety whenever I’m on placement.
“Then I go home at the end of the shift feeling even more worried if anything, wondering if I’ve done or not done the right things. I wake up in the night convinced a patient will have died due to some unknown mistake I’ve made.
“Weirdly, I seem to be getting worse. I had this in my first year but could usually talk myself round but I’m in second year now so even though I’m more used to nursing, I have more autonomy and more opportunity to make some terrible mistake.
“I honestly don’t think I’m cut out for nursing. I do well academically and my mentors are always happy to pass my placements but the thought of the responsibility that comes with being a qualified nurse terrifies me.”
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