Can you advise this student nurse?
“I’m on placement on an acute hospital ward (sorry I don’t want to give details) and it is ridiculously short staffed, to the point where I’m pretty much working as a porter or as a HCA if I’m lucky.
“Don’t get me wrong, I don’t see fundamental care as below me at all, but there’s only so much I can learn from making beds. Everyone is really friendly and I know they really appreciate me helping, which makes me feel like I can’t point out that this isn’t what I’m meant to be doing.
“I don’t want to be that student who thinks she’s too good to muck in. Then again, I don’t want to be the student who learns nothing from a placement because I’m constantly doing pharmacy runs.
“I actually don’t know how the ward manages without a student as an extra pair of hands!
“Has anyone else been in this situation? Any tips on potential learning opportunities I can take without letting the ward down?”
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