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Understaffing: how do we stop use of students to fill rota gaps?

Many nursing students have described how their supernumerary status is compromised by short-staffig while they are on clinical placements

Nursing students have described how their supernumerary status is compromised by short-staffing

Nursing students are being ‘used and abused’ in practice, with many reporting they are not treated as supernumerary while on clinical placement. Students who spoke out at this year’s RCN congress in Glasgow described being left on their own to care for high-risk patients or being expected to perform tasks they were not confident or competent to do.

What is the solution to this? Nursing Standard readers shares their views

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Beverley Ramdeen is a senior lecturer in adult nursing at the University of Hertfordshire @ BeverleyRamdeen

Using nursing students to fill rota gaps is not a new problem. It is a

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