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How raising concerns makes a difference – and how to go about it

Students may be hesitant to raise safety risks or bullying, but support is available

Students may be hesitant to raise safety risks, bullying or poor care, but support is available

On a recent night shift on a busy acute COVID-19 ward, two of the four registered nurses rostered on shift did not turn up.

This left three healthcare support workers, including Brian Webster, an almost-qualified adult nursing student, and two nurses to care for 20 seriously unwell patients.

Risk to safety due to understaffing

‘It just seemed unsafe and unreasonable for the nurses and patients,’ says Mr Webster.

Brian Webster

‘We really pulled together as a team to get through it, and fortunately one of the nurses was very experienced. But it didn’t feel like a night shift, it

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