Can you advise this student nurse?
“After being overly cautious throughout my training so far, my last placement (first one of third year) was really supportive and helped me build my confidence to the point where I actually feel like I can be a nurse.
“But my current placement has massively set me back. They don’t trust me and I end up just following a nurse around and watching because I’m not allowed to do anything. I’m doing less than I was in first year when I was terrified of doing anything at all!
“I plucked up the courage to start putting myself out there, asking to do things for myself and proving they can trust me but I actually got told to ‘remember I’m just a student’ the other day when all I did was ask if I could help with meds.
“I know I’m not qualified yet and don’t expect to be treated like a staff nurse but I have friends who are managing their own caseloads!
“Please don’t think I’m being over-confident - six months ago I refused to believe anyone was ever going to trust me to be a nurse and now I’m worried that this placement is going to make me lose the self-belief the last one gave me.
“Has anyone else been in the same boat?”
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