Medics do nursing
Medical students should have to complete a week of hospital nursing before being allowed to qualify as doctors. Too often, medical students and recently qualified doctors do not fully understand the work of nurses, and this can affect standards of work. Whether they are the nurse in charge or the auxiliary nurse, nurses are highly important and yet many doctors fail to make regular use of their knowledge and unique understanding of patients. The relationship between doctor and nurse can be a difficult one and can sometimes be volatile and unproductive.
Introducing a compulsory three day work placement as a healthcare assistant or auxiliary nurse into the medical curriculum would be greatly beneficial to students when they qualify as they will be equipped with the knowledge of how to work in a multidisciplinary environment with other healthcare professionals.
From my personal experience of working part time as an auxiliary nurse