Episode two - Student Nurses: Bedpans and Bandages

Monday 17 February 2014

This week, episode two of Student Nurses: Bedpans and Bandages will follow a University of Salford student’s very first shift on a ward at Salford Royal.

Student Nurses: Bedpans and Bandages was first broadcast on Friday 14 February at 8pm and will run for eight weeks. It follows the diverse backgrounds and lives of students from the University of Salford and Birmingham City University, with all the pressures, emotions and challenges they face in training and on the wards.

Episode two features Kelly, a Salford student who is about to face real patients for the very first time. At 29, Kelly is amongst the older of the new students. Her first placement is in dermatology.

Kelly says: “I can be very, very squeamish.” For the next two weeks, Kelly will be forced to face her fears or fall at the first hurdle. She says: “As it’s my first day, I feel like I’m a bit of a pain, I feel like I’m in the way. You just feel a bit uncomfortable don’t you, but it’s all part of the learning.”

Kelly continues: “I’ve told myself I’m not going to let it phase me. I might go a bit queasy, I might not deal with it so well my first few times, but I’m going to overcome it. It’s just a mind thing.”

Squeamish nurse Kelly has had an arduous introduction to the dermatology ward. As the shift nears its end, she faces her biggest challenge so far, witnessing an injection.

Kelly says: “This is the first time I will have seen an injection. I’m nervous. The thought of it turns my stomach. Hopefully there won’t be too much blood.”

She continues: “Other people like me, who are as squeamish as I am, have done this. You can always overcome those fears. It’s about the interaction with patients and hoping to make a bit of a difference, and that’s what I’m here for.”

It’s a big step forward for Kelly. She says: “I’m sure I will get used to it. And I’m sure with things like wounds and stuff, when I do come to it I’ll find it fascinating like I just found that (injection) fascinating.”

Over the next three years Kelly will spend more than 65 weeks on the ward. At the end of her first day, Kelly is already beginning to realise the enormity of the challenge ahead, saying: ”I don’t know how nurses do it all the time, my feet are absolutely aching, my back is killing because you’re stood up all day, my legs are like jelly. When they say long days, they’re not joking are they? They are long days.”

Student Nurses: Bedpans and Bandages, episode two, 8pm, Friday 21 February. Series contains eight episodes.