Can you advise this student nurse?
“I’m halfway through my first placement after spending the first term just in lectures. I was so excited to be out on placement but I’m finding it really difficult to chat to patients.
“I just feel like I’m not sure how I’m supposed to act, how friendly is it ok to be? I think after all the warnings in lectures about “being professional” and “awareness of professional boundaries” that I’m now terrified of getting it wrong.
“I think my shyness is also a factor. I’m comfortable with the practical procedures but when patients ask me anything I panic that I don’t know the answer and then just forget everything I’ve learnt.
“My mentor told me in my mid-placement review that I need to show more compassion, but I really am compassionate, I’m just unsure of myself.
- Frances, Manchester
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