Clinical placements

A lesson in the emotional resilience that’s part of being a nurse

When an older patient she was helping had a fall, nursing student Victoria Spires struggled to deal with her feelings of blame. But support from experienced nursing staff increased her confidence and helped her learn how to cope with her emotions.
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When an older patient she was helping had a fall, nursing student Victoria Spires struggled to deal with her feelings of blame. But support from experienced nursing staff increased her confidence and helped her learn how to cope with her emotions

One of the first clinical placements in my first year of training was in a community rehabilitation hospital for older people.

On one shift I was helping a patient to sit up in bed so he could drink his tea and while reaching for the tea he fell out of bed, landing on the floor.

I had learned a lot already and had been gaining confidence, but this really alarmed me and my mind started racing: ‘This can’t happen… what do I do? I’m not ready for this. Did I cause it?’

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