Letter: No compromise on compassion
I read the story this weekend regarding the student nurse at NHTI and the school’s decision to suspend the student from the program for a basic character flaw (“A question of ethics,” Sunday Monitor front page, Dec. 9).
It sounded like a lot of miscommunication and not a basic character flaw on the part of the student nurse.
The nursing student thought she had permission to keep the set of surgical scrubs because she asked a hospital employee if she could keep them as a memento. The nursing instructor said the student did not ask the correct employee; therefore she accused the student of lying and stealing.
This situation could have been a teaching moment. It is not the duty of nursing instructors to “weed out” nursing students but to teach nursing students.
The instructor should have instructed the student on why taking the scrubs was a problem.
The student could have been requested to pay for the surgical scrubs (or return the surgical scrubs), along with a letter of explanation and apology. This would have been a lesson the student would never forget.
One of the most basic qualities a nurse should have is compassion, and the NHTI nursing program should show this student some compassion. The student needs to learn a lesson in this case, but the nursing program should not compromise on compassion.