Never forget 'The Patients' the reason we are all there. If they are put at the heart of any exercise there will be fewer boxes to tick and more focus on care at the bedside.
I think anyone wanting to train as a nurse should move to Scotland. We are obviously valued there. I trained in the 1970 and 80's so was paid as a student . I hate to see the way todays students are treated. No wonder they are turning their backs on the profession.
I was fortunate enough to do the old training when I was based in the Nursing School of the hospital I trained in. I was not paid well, and was included in the ward numbers. This could be a lottery, but mostly the wards had a vested interest in ensuring you were well trained. The Hospital really took care of you . We had cheap accommodation, although some of it was not great, and facilities such as staff health on site. When I look at the pressures most Student Nurses face now I realise how lucky I was
Waterlow is a score designed to indicate the likelihood of a patient developing pressure damage. It does not prevent this damage on its own. It is also often very wrongly assed on patients and they are often given a higher score than they have.
I can see that on admission scanning a patient to detect Pressure Damage already present would be a good tool as we currently do this visually. With darker skin tones this is not always easy.
If you take away Waterlow how are you going to asses who to use this on? Are you going back to nurses holding a finger in the air to see who needs this ?
I like the sound of the scanner but think do not throw the baby out with the bathwater There should be a place for assessment tools and this scanner
Comment on: ‘Is it ok to question my mentor?’
If you have a concern over anything you need to voice it and it is then up to your mentor to inform you of why they know this is correct. Never do anything you are not comfortable about.
Even as a qualified nurse your opinions will differ with others, but you have to live with your actions so if you do not feel something is right then stand up for yourself.
Mistakes happen, but bad practice can go unchallenged for years. Do not get swept into it because you feel your voice is too small.