If they want high quality, professioanl nurses they have yo positively invest time and effort in supporting students. Have you submitted a placement evaluation and shared your concerns with your Personal Tutor? I can be fairly sure that Senior Nurse Managers will also have concerns about this ward and will suuport you. The CQC is very interested in student evaluations and their concerns about care standards.
Negative student evaluations should be taken seriously and investigated. All Local Education and Training Boards are concerned about negative student experiences and with the introduction of student tariffs money can be withheld from Trusts or placements that fail to support students. Victoria makes a very valid point about patient care, if students are not welcome other problems are likely to be prsent as well, such as high infection rates and high staff sickness and abscence rates. Do not be passive Victoria take your concerns to the highest level of both your HEI and the Trust. The CQC takes student concerns very serriously.
Comment on: Hospital's apology for child surgery 'failings'
Safety standards are laid down for paediatric surgery by the Royal College of Surgeons.
Parents must have been misinformed about the experience of the surgeon and staff. All DGHs have been told in the past to suspend paediatric surgery and refer all children to specialist centres. In comparison to the concerns about risk and heart surgery in Leeds how did this private hospital get away with this. Children deserve the highest standards of surgical safety and should not be operated on or looked after by amateurs. Safety standards must be applied to both NHS and private providers.
Comment on: Woman avoids jail after posing as nurse
Putting the time line together reveals warning signs to prospective employers. Denice Stewart moved jobs on a yearly basis, she kept moving. It would be interesting to find out how she managed to gain the posts but then did not stay long. Practice Nursing is highly skilled, was she found out because she did not have the expected skill level and then left. If so why was she not reported sooner to prevent other employers taking her on. Was being conned embarrising for the Practice Managers and GPs so they just let her go to avoid local press interest. More questions than answers.
Our HCA/CSA colleques are not unqualified.
They have qualifictions such as NVQ Levels 1, 2 or 3 or they may have Open University Qualifications such as the Certificate in Health and Social Care. In the modern age they may hold a higher level of academic qualifiction than qualified nurses who are SRN or RGN level 1. We are going through the profesionalisation of the non-registered health care workforce and we should be justly proud of these fundermental changes.
We need to all stand together and fight for the highest standards of care and professionalism.