Just to add to the sensible comments already given, after the worst (for very different reasons) placement of my training I took that as an example of how NOT to do things and reacted against it. Seeing how things shouldn't be done can be as helpful as seeing how they should be done. It horrifies me how quickly some qualified nurses seem to forget that they were students, needing to learn.
This is one of the reasons why some of us were members of NUPE or COHSE, then Unison: we regarded taking industrial action, up to and including withdrawal of labour, as potentially necessary. And as for this "we can't leave our patients" rubbish which is trotted out as an excuse not to take action, in the early '80s when strike action was taken the hospital I trained at had MORE staff on wards on strike days than normal as the agreed safe staffing minima were HIGHER than what we had to work with usually. Do such agreements not still exist? Or is it too convenient for some of the RCN to pretend they don't?
And when you have a manager who bullies staff, who misuses KSF appraisals as a form of disciplinary action and then refuses to allow another suitably qualified person to conduct your appraisal, who refuses to authorise training for nurses, who refuses to countenance time for personal study, who forbids nurses from arranging meetings to discuss issues around practice which would constitute reflection... What price re-validation (which is a good thing in theory) then? PS All of the above is true.
Ummm, you miss the point: you know that from your personal experience; I know that from my personal experience; but, to use the old cliché, the plural of anecdote isn't data. If we are to argue with politicians and managers to make any changes to practice based on adverse health effects we need more than anecdotes.
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And as ever the BTL comments on here show how out of touch our "leaders" actually are...