However, it also doesn't help when senior nurses act like total and utter fucking cunts to their students, as in Faith's case. Now, I'm no workplace lawyer, but I happen to think that comments like the following amount to workplace bullying.
“Well, thats rich coming from you isn’t it? Who are you to judge someone’s appearance? You look dirty and messy Faith but I’m not judging you am I?”
“You are an immature and unprofessional bitch to sit there and say all these lies about a porter with a relative. You’ll never get a job on this ward when you qualify. I don’t know what you might say about my nurses.”
“I shall be making sure you don’t get a job in this trust when you qualify. People will look to me for references from your placement and I will tell them what you have done.”
“You are the worst student I’ve ever had. I honestly can’t believe it. You will never be ready to work as a staff nurse in two years, and I shall be speaking to your link lecturer about it. You should be on a different course. Not the accelerated one. I’ve honestly never had a student as bad as you before. I’m shocked”.
Now, I'm also not a nurse and don't know how one usually goes about attempting to put straight a student nurse on their first placement, but I'm pretty sure that this kind of stuff isn't in the fucking manual.
Do go and read the whole thing (especially my nurse readers: I'd be interested in your opinion); naturally, this was a breach, not of medical significance, but of (potentially) legal protocol and exacerbated by the silo mentality that many people in public service have. After all, it doesn't matter whether the patient's relative was in the right: the NHS doesn't exist for the benefit of its patients, but of the employees.
As people have pointed out in the comments, I highly recommend that asking for a copy of the Trust's Workplace Bullying protocols from their HR department would at least put the wind up 'em: but, then, I guess it's not my career.
As I've mentioned before, I happen to know Faith vaguely; I have no idea about her capability as a nurse (although, since she's been an Aux, I reckon that it's better than many), but I did have to deal with some of the fallout from this incident.
As such, I would like to say to the senior nurse on Faith's current placement ward: stop being such a fucking cunt.