We have a degree student with us at the moment, who has made an allegation of bullying towards 2 of the senior nurses at one of our hospitals. We will follow this up informally in the first instance, with the student and the nurses, but I just wanted to confirm whether our Bullying At Work Policy applies / should apply to student nurses on placement? Should this student be treated as an employee? The student's college is aware of the allegation and have given her permission not to attend the rest of her placement. Any tips on how to proceed will be appreciated - I am very keen to resolve quickly for the sake of all involved and the reputation of the hospital.