What to expect from a placement at a sexual health clinic
Sexual health nurses need to be able to tackle sensitive issues with confidence
In my second year of nurse training I had a four-week elective placement in a genitourinary medicine clinic. I have always been interested in sexual health and family planning and was keen to improve my knowledge and skills by experiencing first-hand what it is like to work in such a specialised area.
People attending sexual health clinics can experience a range of emotions – from embarrassment and anxiety to fear, guilt and shame. Many don’t want to be seen entering or exiting a sexual health clinic, but anyone taking active steps to look after their sexual health should be applauded.
Out of my comfort zone
During my first week at the clinic, I was way out of...