Can you advise this student nurse?
“I am currently on my first placement of third year and I seem to be having a slight power struggle with the HCAs on my ward.
“I am getting to that stage of my training where I need to start learning to delegate, polishing my clinical skills and learning about the managerial side of nursing - so obviously to do this I need to hand work over to HCAs as a qualified nurse would do.
“This has been really difficult because I’m only three weeks in and some of the HCAs have been there for over six years! They really do not like the idea of me giving them jobs to do and haven’t been responding well to me when I try to talk to them.
“I have found these three weeks really difficult so far because I’m struggling to decide whether I should be ignoring my frustrations and working hard to get as much as I can to get the most out of this placement before qualifying or laying low to keep off the bad books of other staff members and not irritate anyone.”
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