Can you advise this student nurse?
“The ward I’ve been based on is currently understaffed because a few members of staff are off sick and I know they’re really struggling to cover the Christmas period – at one point they had no nurses scheduled to work Christmas Eve (although they do now but it’s been really tough).
“I’m feeling bad for the staff who will have to work but I’m mainly worried about the patients who need care as much as ever.
“I finished a few days ago and the worry is actually keeping me up at night. I know I won’t enjoy Christmas knowing that I should be caring for patients and doing my bit.
“As a student I know I should be supernumerary but just being there to make patients a cup of tea and being another pair of eyes of ward would help.
“I asked the ward if I can help out but they point-blank refused and told me to enjoy Christmas while I can. I know they’re trying to be nice but I really would rather be there.
“How can I convince them to let me work? Any tips?”
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