How the word "no" can save your placement ( and your back!)

31 Aug 2017 8:10 PM
How the word "no" can save your placement ( and your back!)

Not a very positive way to approach nursing but "no" is a powerful word.

Every student has a story or two to tell after placement finishes.

Most are positive but some are not pretty. By sharing them, students learn from each other and the trainer gets a better insight into the students' experience as well.

Observations from a recent placement of students.

Hooks are alive and well. Despite decades since they were taught, hooking residents under the arms is still common transfer practice. Students must not participate in this. They should ask their buddy to perform transferring correctly – the ways it is taught in 2017.

Not using slide sheets -  using a hook or using the kylie as a slide sheet.

Unfortunately, this is still as common as hooking.Always get the slide sheet out and request it is used. Two slide sheets may be required if the person is extra heavy or skin integrity is very poor.

Resident falls  – Unwitnessed falls are too common in facilities but falls while transferring are an issue too. No. 1. find out the mobility status before you transfer a person. It is natural for new staff and students to want cushion the fall or ease the person to the floor. This can result in injury for everybody. Make sure you are trained in falls. Also, students should not be left to transfer a high falls risk resident on their own.

Being bullied – a big no-no but some buddies like to power trip. Pull them up from the get-go. If it doesn’t stop report it to your trainer and supervisor.

Lifting – another big no-no. Correct technique and equipment will avoid injury to all parties.

THE LAST WORD - Do not perform any tasks you are not trained in or you are not confident in. As students you have the right to say no in any situation you are not comfortable with.