Year: 1990 Source: Journal of Advanced Nursing, v.15, no.12, (December 1990), p.1363-1369 SIEC No: 19910264

The process of transition from lay person to nurse in respect to undertaking essential elements of patient care is described. Aspects of care included in the study are attending to hygiene needs, the very ill & dying person; & behavioural problems associated with attention-seeking, confusion, suicidal attempts & aggression. Student nurses mainly were expected to cope with these situations alone. The emotional effects on these students & implications of undertaking care in this manner are noted.