STUDENTS AND WEEKENDS?

  1. I am writing in, to moan about the treatment of student nurses. During my last placement I was forced to work several 10 day stretches over the weekends as the ward was short staffed. I was practicaly blackmailed as it was mentioned that if i complained I would get a bad report. I think that it is rediculous that students should work these hours, especially when they do not get paid any extra and have essays to go home to!!!!

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  3. by   oramar
    Oh my gosh, this is awful, especially the threats. This sort of thing used to happen in hospital based nursing schools back in the 1940's and 1950's but in the 1960's regulations were passed banning the practice. This sounds criminal. Unfortunately, as a US citizen I have no idea where a nurse in England could go to initiate change. I hope that someone that knows your system would come up with some ideas. In the US, student nurses must have an instructor on the unit with them at all times and this alone makes it impossible for anyone to make a student work excessive or odd hours. You see, they can't find a instructor who will work bad hours so they can't work the students bad hours. Also, I never met an instructor who would tolerate even subtle intimidation of their students.

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  4. by   karen P
    Originally posted by KHRISTY:
    I am writing in, to moan about the treatment of student nurses. During my last placement I was forced to work several 10 day stretches over the weekends as the ward was short staffed. I was practicaly blackmailed as it was mentioned that if i complained I would get a bad report. I think that it is rediculous that students should work these hours, especially when they do not get paid any extra and have essays to go home to!!!!

    THAT IS DISGUSTING WHERE WAS YOUR PLACEMENT?
    I AM CURRENTLY ON A MEDICAL WARD WHERE THE STAFFING LEVELS ARE IN CRISIS AND I WAS SUPPOSED TO WORK NIGHTS THIS WEEK SUPERNUMERARY AND BECAUSE OF THE STAFFING LEVELS THE WARD SISTER HAS CHANGED MY OFF DUTY TO WORK DAYS AS SHE DOES NOT WANT THE STAFF TAKING ADVANTAGE OF ME


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    Karen
  5. by   egmillard
    I remember during my training on a medical ward having to work seven weekends in a row, none of our requests were honored, and the Sister said that she had to look after her other staff, in other words she did not care less about the students. That is disgusting practice, but that is what happens in the UK during the staffing crisis, students are abused, and thus their learning suffers. I am just about the start a new job in the USA, so it will be interesting to compare, hopefully there wont be that kind of disrespect. Emma

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