Comment on: Student editor fresher advice: Adult branch
Thank you Stupot! I am sure if you speak to many other student nurses they will all agree with what I wrote. Take lots of advise, and above all enjoy your self!
Thought provoking read Katie. You are a strong person for recognising these feelings and taking care of yourself, as you say we have to especially if we are to look after others. Take care, be kind to yourself, and thank you for sharing such a personal journey.
Thank you very much James. I truly believe that trusts should embrace student nurses especially when concerns are raised by them.
I would maybe say to her to get her to question her own practice, "have you seen this article about injection techniques" and see how she responds. She may read it and realise she needs refreshing on her skills, so undertakes a skills day. Or maybe she does not, in that case I would speak to her line manager/ward manager to ask how nurses injection techniques are evaluated and if you mentor has had her, then it leaves it open then for your mentor and the line manager. You would need to ask in a diplomatic way that does not cause her offence as she would be a very skilled nurse but maybe just lacks some confidence in her injection technique. Its about protecting your patients at all times, as student nurses we are the eyes and ears and sometimes staff on placements become complacent and it isnt until a student or NQ comes onto their area that they realise they may need to fresh their skills. I will always speak up if I witness bad practice etc, the care of our patients and protecting them is our concern at all times.
To have nursing schools along side their trusts signing up to the SOS campaign will be a fantastic achievement. It will give students the confidence to speak out which can only be beneficial for everyone, most of all out patients.