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?