Reports from students show there is a lack of compassion in practice despite literature on this issue (Bartholemew 2006 Rees Monrouxe McDonald 2014). The current economic climate for nursing internationally results in increased pressure on health services and reduced staffing. Does this mean we are getting harder with students? When we cannot always be kind to each other does this mean we take this out to students too? This paper will use research findings (Royal-Fearn 2017) to demonstrate how assessors look for compassion in students and contrast this with care shown by assessors to students in practice.