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Raising concerns: "Trust your instincts"

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Salford University student, Paula, discusses why she is proud to belong to a university who support SOS

At the University of Salford, we are taught from the very first week of the course about the 6Cs and the importance of putting them into practice.

We are encouraged to have the courage and commitment to make patient safety and high standards of care the mainstay of our practice.

Nursing Times’ Speak Out Safely campaign echoes all we have been taught and I am proud that our university was one of the first to be part of the campaign.

I am proud that our university was one of the first to be part of the campaign

As a student, it is essential to know that if you see something you are unhappy with in practice, you will not be shunned or labeled a troublemaker for raising your concerns.

From experience, most mentors have a valid reason for doing something differently to the way we have been taught in university but are still adhering to trust policy and guidelines. They are more than happy to explain why they do something in a specific way.

However, if what you see still concerns you and you do not get an answer you are happy with, you need to be able to escalate your concerns without fear of recrimination.

you need to be able to escalate your concerns without fear of recrimination

Your personal tutor, practice education facilitators and link lecturers shouldl be able to guide you in the right direction, empowering and supporting you through every step of the process.

I constantly ask myself on placement: “would I be happy for my family to be treated that way?” If the answer is no, there is probably a reason for that.

Every trust has policies and procedures that should be followed but as a new student, you may not be familiar with these. Trust your instincts; remember we are advocates for our patients.

The Speak Out Safely campaign will enable us to help promote good practice and not fear raising concerns, making us better practitioners in the future.

Every school of nursing should be involved. I urge you to talk to your university about the campaign so that staff and students alike can feel safe if they have concerns about patient care.

 

Paula Evans is in her first year at Salford Univeristy and an Ambassador for Speak Out Safely

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