Can you advise this student nurse?
“I’m a first year mental health nursing student on my first year placement and I am having quite a hard time.
“I don’t want to seem like I am being a baby or over sensitive, but the nurses on my placement aren’t very nice. I have been made to feel pretty unwelcome from day one, told that I would just have to “get on with it” and “find my own learning opportunities” and when I walk into the office I’m not even acknowledged a lot of the time.
“This attitude doesn’t just apply to me, but to patients.
“I’m on an acute admissions ward where people are obviously rather unwell. Day in day out, I witness patients stood knocking at the nurses office, where the nurses are glued to their computers, only to be completely and utterly ignored.
“I don’t mean to be disrespectful and I know paperwork is a massive thing at the moment, but there seems to a massive lack of compassion and respect for patients.
“It’s really making me reconsider whether I want to be a nurse or not. I don’t want to spend my time chained to a computer, I want to be with patients and build relationships.
“I always thought to be a nurse, you had to be a caring person, but I’m just not witnessing this at the moment and I can see why people have awful experiences with the NHS. Have any other students had terrible placements?”
- Victoria, 1st year
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