You may be aware that Nursing Times is campaigning for better protection for people who raise concerns about patient care, but what does this really mean and will it ever affect you?
In a few short years, maybe even sooner, you will be working as a staff nurse and responsible for ensuring your patients receive the best care possible.
You could find yourself in a position where your peers are offering unsafe care and you feel that you need to raise your concerns.
As a student nurse, you may have already been in this position.
The inquiry into Mid-Staffordshire Foundation Trust (Francis, 2013) revealed a culture where those who raised concerns about their colleagues were often subjected to bullying from senior staff and from peers.
This stopped many from speaking out when they were concerned about the treatment patients were receiving.
Most people wouldn’t think twice about speaking up if we witnessed unsafe care.
But, if raising concerns and protecting patients might put your job on the line, or make work very unpleasant, would you be as willing to take it further?
We are petitioning for health professionals who raise concerns to be protected so no one needs to choose between a pleasant working environment and safe patients.
Are you with us?
Show the Department of Health you agree by adding your voice to the campaign.
Find out the latest on the Speak out Safely campaign.