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Hi all, I am currently a 1st year student nurse on a busy ward in my local trust. My shift patterns are similar to my mentors and entail working lates and earlies. Lots of my shifts appear to be a late (1.30-9.30pm) followed by an early the next day (7am-3pm) sometimes I’ve getting 3-4 hours sleep max and I’m exhausted. I understand that some nurses have to do these shift patterns however, prior to starting my training was always under the impression that by law you had to have a minimum of 11 hours rest period (gap) between shifts, which in my case isn’t happening and for other students and staff also. Am I totally wrong on this or should we not be doing these shifts?
Also, even though technically as students we are supernumerary this is not happening. Thanks in advance
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(Original post by coffeeaddict09)
Hi all, I am currently a 1st year student nurse on a busy ward in my local trust. My shift patterns are similar to my mentors and entail working lates and earlies. Lots of my shifts appear to be a late (1.30-9.30pm) followed by an early the next day (7am-3pm) sometimes I’ve getting 3-4 hours sleep max and I’m exhausted. I understand that some nurses have to do these shift patterns however, prior to starting my training was always under the impression that by law you had to have a minimum of 11 hours rest period (gap) between shifts, which in my case isn’t happening and for other students and staff also. Am I totally wrong on this or should we not be doing these shifts?
Also, even though technically as students we are supernumerary this is not happening. Thanks in advance
Yes you are entitled to 11 hour break. If your mentors are doing these hours then the trust is breaking the law. I would speak with your tutors. Being exhausted leads to mistakes and whilst you are only a student you do not want to hit burnout
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Thanks for your reply! I have spoken to the university and they’re silent on the matter and when I spoke to the Practice Education Facillitators at the NHS Trust I’m on placement at, they told me to “suck it up” and “if I can’t do it then I shouldn’t be a nurse” If this is the treatment student nurses, nurses an other qualified healthcare professionals get it’s no wonder we have such a staffing shortage. What can I do? Just because something is ‘the norm’ it doesn’t mean it should be allowed. After plenty of research, including the RCN and NHS Employers website it states a minimum 11 hour test period between shifts.
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