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A nurse on placement is racist and I don't know what to do


“I’m training to be a mental health nurse, and right now I’m on my first-ever placement. 

“It’s been great, everything’s going really well – but one thing has been gnawing at me.  

“On several occasions, I’ve witnessed a senior nurse treat patients poorly. He’s been dismissive, judgmental, and at points, flat out racist. I may be just getting started, but I know that this isn’t how you should treat patients; in fact, I know that this isn’t how you should treat anybody. 

“It seems like no one else notices, but the way he speaks to patients doesn’t sit right with me. 

“I don’t want to get anyone in trouble, but should I report his behavior? Should I confront him about it directly? I’m not sure how to deal with this.”



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  • ANON

    Report him to your mentor, and if he/ she doesn't do anything about it then you need to speak to your ward manager. I think if you don't this behaviour will continue.
    Good luck..

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  • I think a example of what you've seen is necessary in order for people to make a judgement.

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  • This is anonymous after all..

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