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Your mentor is putting a patient at risk - what do you do?


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.

Posted date

3 February, 2014

Posted time

4:28 pm


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