Can you advise this student nurse?
“I genuinely don’t know where we stand as students on the following issue.
“I’m on my mental health placement at the moment (I’m doing adult nursing but my course do exposure placements). It is generally good but a couple of times I’ve been shadowing a member of staff who was on a one-to-one and they asked me to cover while they went to the loo or get a drink.
“I sort of said I was unsure at first and they told me it was fine because the patient is really settled and that we were just waiting for the doctor to review them and take them off obs.
“I didn’t want to kick up a fuss because they were right, the patient was settled and they were only away for 10 minutes at most but it’s made me a bit wary about how much it’s okay to take on.
“My worry really is that I’m often working with this member of staff and they seem to ask me to do more and more. When we’re doing meds together they just let me get on with it and don’t really check. I am really careful of course but I’m a long way from qualifying so I’d feel a lot better if they’d check!
“Are there any tips on how I can be more assertive? Or should I just be grateful that I’m being allowed to get so involved?”
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