A student nurse on her first placement is worried that nursing will wear her down…
“I’m in my first year training and I recently started my first placement.
“I was really excited about it at first, and even though the first couple of days were tough, I knew I had to stick it out and it would get better.
“But it hasn’t. The nurses I work with are mean and unapproachable. Not just to me, but patients too. I am stunned by how cold they can be to people. I’ve seen patients approach nurses in the corridor or the nurse office, only to be ignored or told to stay away.
“I believed I was going into a profession that’s famed for its compassion, that I too could help people and make them feel better, and in turn get satisfaction from a worthwhile job. But all I’ve seen so far tells me that even if these nurses were as positive as me at the start, they’re now miserable and resentful. And that makes me wonder, should I continue with this? Is it inevitable I will end up like that too?”