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Raising concerns: it’s rarely easy, but be brave, because it’s the right thing to do

Advice for nursing students on how to challenge poor practice – take 7 top tips
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Advice for nursing students on how to challenge poor practice – your 7 top tips

Clinical placements can be challenging for nursing students, especially if you are new to them. No textbooks or lectures can fully prepare you for the difficulties you may face.

As I have progressed through my training, I have discovered that placements are as much about gaining an insight and understanding of the organisational culture and the challenges of modern nursing as achieving proficiencies and clinical skills.

One of the major difficulties we face is feeling able to challenge colleagues. This can be daunting for nursing students, and during my first year of training I found it difficult to speak up about practice I perceived as wrong.

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