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How do you protect the supernumerary status of students?

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An article published this week in Nursing Times suggests patients and student nurses can be put at risk if students’ supernumerary status is not protected. The authors suggest that supernumerary status is poorly defined, and if it is not upheld there is a risk that students may provide unsupervised care when their ability to do so has not been assessed.  The authors have devised a simple checklist to improve awareness of supernumerary status and help staff and students report when it is compromised.

What do you think?

  • How do you define supernumerary status?
  • How do you ensure supernumerary status is upheld in your clinical area?
  • What are the barriers to providing supernumerary status?
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Readers' comments (2)

  • Anonymous

    I am currently on my first placement and many times I have been used as an NA on hospital wards due to short staff. A lot of this has been unsupervised, I was just asked whether I had any care assistant training and then made to get on with it. With some wards working on the basic level of staff every shift it is very easy to just be caught up in the rush of it all.

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  • Anonymous

    In the Trust I work for, a lot of the matrons the first question they ask when you are as usual short staffed is ' have you got any students?' If you say yes, well then don't expect staff anytime soon- enough said as we all know its all about saving money unfortunately.

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