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Raising concerns: do the right thing

Saying nothing about poor care may seem like the easy option – it isn’t. So get support, do the right thing and don’t be hard on yourself.
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Saying nothing about poor care may seem like the easy option, but it isn’t. So get support, do the right thing and don’t be hard on yourself

I will never forget the clinical tutor who, after we had assisted an elderly lady to have a wash, asked me: ‘If this was your mum would you do anything differently?’ This became my motto throughout my training and guided me in one of the most challenging situations I encountered: that of witnessing and reporting care that I felt verged on negligent.

Scared of any potential repercussions, I raised my concerns through the protection of my nursing school. However, I also made a vow to myself that I would always stand up for patients, colleagues and anyone else who I thought was being mistreated, including

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