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Should student nurses receive training in how to raise concerns about care?


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The Francis report recommends that students nurses should be taught to raise concerns. Do you agree?


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  • i will hopefully become a student nurse in September of this year and as such i think it would be extremely useful and comforting to know the correct way to raise concerns should the need arise. Not just for my own piece of mind but also for the people i would be caring for.

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  • I absolutely believe that student nurses ought to be taught how to raise concerns. They are the future of nursing and the UK's healthcare system and have the potential to prevent any repeat of the atrocities raised by the Francis report.
    Hierarchical power and the fear that results from it has a history of silencing those at the bottom. If universities give support to students then they are empowered to in turn improve conditions for each and every patient they encounter throughout their careers with the knowledge and confidence to justify their actions.
    However this teaching must involve practical steps in how to make complaints into changes as opposed to an idealistic prinicple. Furthermore, teaching students is not the only action required. Students are a small part of a massive system which also required education in challenging poor care.
    I support this proposal so long it is not a political effort to give the public false confidence. The process of whistleblowing after nurse training is finished must be supported for this to be effective and for poor care to be eradicated across all healthcare settings.

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