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Workplace: How can I support a nurse instructed to submit a statement following an incident?

As an RCN representative, what is the best way to support a staff nurse instructed by his line manager to submit a statement following an incident on his ward?

Question: As an RCN representative, what is the best way to support a staff nurse instructed by his line manager to submit a statement following an incident on his ward?

If he insisted on speaking to you first, before putting pen to paper, this nurse did the right thing. Too often staffwrite statements hurriedly or under pressure and do not appreciate they may unwittingly incriminate themselves with an unguarded sentence.

Before you see him, ask the nurse to write down the details of the incident in strict chronological order, including who was present, what was said and whether he was involved or is a witness. You should also suggest he email his line manager to say he will submit his statement after meeting with you.

When you meet, go through his account with him, highlighting the parts that will form the body of his statement.

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