Yes Stella you are completely right. I meant that because nursing is continually evolving, it cannot always be possible to keep up to date with everything, hence students may bring new evidence to the attention of nurses they meet on placement. Although it is not their responsibility, as you said.
My specific example was related to skin prep using an alcohol wipe before giving sub-cut injections, as there is lots of conflicting advice regarding its necessity.
wahoo, i won! thanks! :)
this happened to me! I said that we had been shown a different way to administer at university. My mentor said ok, but she will continue as usual until I can prove that the way we have been taught is better. I gathered up to date evidence,wrote a referenced reflection on the comparison of techniques. I presented this to my mentor, along with a recent article supporting the up to date technique. She read through them, understood the benefits from changing her technique. My mentor ended up sharing the new knowledge with the other nurses that she worked with to make sure that they were also up to date, there was no hint of resentment but appreciation for being updated.
Do not be afraid to call up people who are doing things that were once best practice. One of the roles of students is to help keep nurses up to date as the nursing professional is continually updating and improving.