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  • Comment on: Exclusive: Lord Willis reveals thoughts on nurse education reform

    andy's comment 18-Dec-2014 7:59 pm

    So should everyone before going into a degree course in healthcare undertake some work + training before they start, does this include medics, physios, occupational therapists, dieticians, psychiatrists, psychologists, etc Work experience is great, as long as it was paid, supported and not cheap labour. As mentioned earlier, mentors should only become mentors if they want to be, not as a requirement of getting promoted. Mentors must be also be given protected mentoring time to support + facilitate the learning + development of their students, without constant worry of other responsibilities.

  • Comment on: Warning too few nurses are 'migrating' from hospitals to community

    andy's comment 17-Dec-2014 2:42 pm

    As previously mentioned, the Francis Report had highlighted large numbers of nurses are needed to ensure safe care in acute settings. Also feels there is little or no support given to clinicians in community settings. Too many stories of about lack of support, development and resource issues. These get reported back to colleagues who were thinking about moving to community settings. The additional numbers being recruited from overseas, would primarily mostly go into acute sector, as they would have more challenges to face when working in the community. They would have to learn how to commute around their neighbourhood, understand local issues and concerns, population demographics, language/slang issues to learn, as well as knowing that advice, support and backup are just a bit further away.

  • Comment on: Exclusive: NHS nurse staffing crisis fuels global recruitment

    andy's comment 17-Dec-2014 2:33 pm

    Still struggling to recruit enough nurses into hospitals, and no figures for community care. Training and maintaining excellent staff takes a long time. Not just 3 years at university. Development and further training must be continued after initial qualification + registration. Recruiting nurses from other countries are draining those countries of their excellent nurses too. But they are very likely to go back/elsewhere after a few years or so, therefore much longer term planning and better retention of staff needs to be done. Systematic undervaluing of nurses does not help recruitment. This is clearly demonstrated by the ongoing poor terms and conditions, especially with pay, for the amount of knowledge, skills and experience that is expected to deliver high standards of modern healthcare.

  • Comment on: NMC rubber stamps new code of conduct for nurses and midwives

    andy's comment 17-Dec-2014 2:16 pm

    Anonymous | 16-Dec-2014 4:06 pm It would help if NMC was clearer about what expectations are - not just say provide medical assistance, or should that be first aid assistance. If NMC are asking for registrants to provide cover, then they must provide indemnity cover. A first aider must also practice to their areas of training, competence, and providing basic life support in a non-clinical environment. How would staff feel, if they must provide assistance after 12 hour + shift, or after a night-out when off-duty. It would be easier to miss something or make an error of judgements. Then there's potential disagreements between the first-aider and the casualty/relatives, such as not to move a casualty who have trauma injury potentially c-spine fracture, and they want to be moved. People should give first aid where possible and that it is safe and appropriate. There should not be a public expectation that a 'miracle' can happen just because a nurse or doctor happens to be there. It is first aid and if serious enough, requires urgent follow up.

  • Comment on: Shift workers more likely to have poor health than rest of population

    andy's comment 16-Dec-2014 9:05 am

    No getting away from shifts for nurses, but it's the changing between days and nights that is tough on the body. Free health assessments? doesn't appear to be common practice. How many computer users take regular breaks away from the screen, change positions, assessed + measured for sitting, reading + typing position to reduce risk of RSI and have annual eye checks + glasses paid by employers. Government already tried to scrap unsocial hours enhancements (nights + weekends). Employers have reduced paid study leave. Both expects staff to do more in their own time, like 24/7 vocational care. Seven day services will affect everybody when fully implemented, as all professions + all grades made to work unsocial hours also get paid from same NHS pot of money. It will be more reasons for pay freezes + no unsocial enhancements. Better staff support + welfare is needed, with free health assessments, treatment + prescriptions, and employers held liable for failings would be a good start.

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