Advice and development

The next generation needs encouragement, not derision

Critical comments such as ‘you're too posh to wash’ only dampen students’ enthusiasm
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Critical comments such as ‘you're too posh to wash’ only dampen students’ enthusiasm

With financial pressures, long placement commutes and the academic juggling act, today’s nursing students face many struggles.

We were warned about these, in part at least, so had some idea what to expect. We knew it wouldn’t be easy, but what we didn’t anticipate was the active discouragement from registered nurses and the disparaging comments about the way we are trained.

My first such encounter was when I spent a day with a nurse in a gynaecology pre-assessment clinic as part of my placement on a gynaecology ward.

During a discussion about how my placement was going, and the degree itself, she said: ‘It’s all good and well student nurses taking responsibility for a patient or a bay, but too many students are too posh to wash


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