Can you advise this student nurse?
“I am a second year student nurse and have got a long-standing anxiety disorder.
“For the most part, this is really well managed but I am on a new placement on critical care and I am finding it more difficult to stay on top of it. I’m able to do the work well but there are elements of this placement I find quite upsetting.
“Over a year ago a family member became very unwell and was admitted to a critical care unit where it was touch and go for a couple of weeks. Since starting the placement, I have found myself feeling a bit overwhelmed as it is dredging up some very painful memories.
“I tried to be honest and explain this to my mentor but she didn’t seem very willing to engage in this conversation at all.
“I now feel very embarrassed that I said anything and I wish I hadn’t. I just wanted to face up to the issues and address them properly so that the anxiety doesn’t increase and I can make the most of my placement.
“I was wondering if other students had faced a similar situation where the things they saw on placement were just a bit too close to home and how they managed/came to terms with it?