Can you advise this student nurse?
“I am on my first ever placement and everything was going so well to start with.
“I was excited to nurse and learn everything I could from the quaified staff around me. I have so much respect for them all and initially I had to stop myself from asking them every question under the sun about what they know, what they could share with me and the advice they can offer.
“However, this has gradually changed over the course of the last few weeks. My mentor seems to have lost interest and I am worried he won’t even sign me off at the end. However, he may just be really busyas there seems to be a shortage of staff.
“The nurses around me seem so tightly wound and this seems to have sapped some of their zest and enthusiasm for nursing. I still see it from them, don’t get me wrong, but I just want to hug them at times and march down to Westminster and shout and shriek at what the government is doing to our healthcare system in this country.
“I know I should just hold on and wait for my second placement to come along but I a worried I am now gradaully been worn down too by a situation that will likely only get worse. I want to be inspired and enthused every day. Is that too much to ask from those around me? Am I being naive?
“I love the profession already and want to know what on earth I can do to take action and make change myself? Are there any groups, meetings or movements I can get involved with and encourage others to do so too? We have to do something to protect our NHS. I just don’t know if I can bear this resignation any longer. I want to do something!”
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