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Five changes that we should be making

‘Jeepers McCoy’ argues there are some changes that would help stop students from dropping out

I have spent a lot of time talking about all the things that make being a student nurse hard. From the logistics of childcare to the psychological impact of placements, I have made a habit of shouting about the negatives amid the cries for nurse positivity.

However, that’s not to say I don’t have some sympathy with the view that simply pointing out all the things wrong is only half the story. So this piece is about positive change. Just for all of you who loathe a ‘mood hoover.’

I am currently taking a year out due to my mental health hitting the skids in a reasonably terrifying way during my last placement. I loved the first year of my degree, I adored my first placement so much I came close to accepting a job there. Being a mental health nurse is something I want to do, a job I could see myself never getting bored of.

However, as much as I want to become registered and enjoy a long and exciting career it is not something I am prepared to make myself ill or miserable for. I am therefore faced with the very difficult decision of whether or not I will return when my year off is up or whether I will join the statistics as yet another nursing school dropout, just another number in the attrition rates. One of far too many.

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