Going off compass in the classroom

13 Nov 2017 10:01 AM
Going off compass in the classroom

It' s a good thing to explore topics outside the unit criteria. The issue of when to say no came up and can be applied to many situations. Learn more.

Sometimes classes can take all kinds of directions. You are training in WHS then all of a sudden you are off on a tangent. The issue of when to say no came up and can be applied to many situations.   

Last week's "extra" topics were:

  1. The use of gloves – when and when not to wear
  2. Following your buddy’s instructions - when to say no
  3. Supervision by your buddies - what is good practice?


  1. Use of gloves.

It is different from facility to facility and buddy to buddy. You have to follow the policy of the facility but you will not get into trouble for using gloves too often. As a student, you need practice when to wear them and learning when you don’t need to. A general rule is “ when bodily fluids may be present”. However, when someone is infectious in any way to any degree you must wear them.  Also when showering a person. It may just be a supervising role but if you have to pick up and dispose of towels and washers then definitely use gloves. All used linen must be handled with gloves.


  1. Following your buddy’s instructions

90% of the time this is required of a student AIN. Your buddy is your immediate supervisor and most are very good and will be very supportive. However, there are times you can say no. You should never to be asked to attend a resident with high care needs. You should not be left alone with a high care resident. Ask lots of questions to help avoid these situations. Questions like what do I need to know about this person? What is their medical condition? As a student, you will want to jump into every situation. DON’T. If it doesn’t feel right or you are not confident just say no. It is up to your buddy to keep you safe but it is up to you to say no.


  1. Supervision by your buddies

A DPT blog written in 2016 called “Don’t be sheep in aged care”, highlights why student AIN's should never be left unsupervised. The blog is a news story of a man who died because of poor work practices and little supervision of a student RN. It is the same in aged care. You should always stay with your buddy and shadow them all day. 

© DP Training 2017

About the author - Jen Fitzgerald

Jen is a trainer of 4 years ( 2 years with DPT) and an AIN for 8 years in Aged care, Hospitals and Community care. Recently she was captured by rogue penguins and transported to Tasmania and sentenced to another 6 months of training and AIN work. Oh the pain! not.