Whistleblowing and student nurses: are we asking too much?

Kathleen Duffy, Jacqueline McCallum, Val Ness, Lesley Price

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As a group of nurse educators we have, on occasions, been faced with situations where pre-registration students have raised concerns about patient care. While, as an institution, we have robust formal systems in place for students to escalate concerns about practice, the outcome of high profile inquiries locally (Vale of Leven Hospital), and nationally (Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust) alongside recent publications (Care Quality Commission, 2011) prompted us to deliberate some of the issues around whistleblowing (more recently referred to as ‘escalating concerns), by student nurses. This editorial presents a flavour of our reflections as we posed ourselves the question – ‘Are we are asking too much of students?’
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-178
Number of pages2
JournalNurse Education in Practice
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012


  • student nurses
  • nursing education
  • patient care


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