Quote from TinaK
Madwife, its not that i was not prepared for the hard road in front of me, its just as a newly qualified nurse I was assigned to a very difficult area where i reallly reallly needed the support and sadly i did not receive it...my self esteem was completely destroyed where i was and why should i have stayed in an area which was making me so miserable that i would throw up after every shift... I understand what your saying about new nurses leaving so soon but i really think if there was better support out there for them then this wouldnt be happening, and conversely they wouldnt be looking to go abroad for jobs.
Furthermore, if young nurses do want to go abroad for a while, why shouldnt they? inmy experience, you should do the things you want while you are young, because you never know what is around the corner ...and you don't want to end up getting to later stage of your life and having regrets about not doing something, going abroad to experience new things is ideal when your young and have no other commitments like to a family etc... and also lets people learn about other cultures and how things are done over there. This is just my opinion so I know i will probably get flamed for saying it but i had to say it...
Wow Tina I wasnt critising you I was critisising the system. The nurses who were supporting you probably hadnt been supported themselves it is like a domino effect and the last domino was you.
I am living in the USA so how can I say young nurses shouldnt travel, that would be ironic would it not.
Remember the system was changed in the late 80's early 90's so if we look back and evaluate the nursing system has been slowly deteriorating since the middle/end 90's when the 'experienced' nurses starting leaving to have families or for promotion. Then what you had were a lot of newer trained nurses who didnt remember how it was, so had no compassion for how hard it had been and helped each other out.
Dog eat dog comes to mind-no matter how many times we say there are no staff now-there never has been a time when wards had fuill quota of staff, we have alays made do.
So please dont feel I am getting at you because I am not like that I have been an advocate for the nurses when I worked in the NHS, and when I got into a postion where I could help out by taking a stand I did.