Poor pregnant mums, yet more 'advice' on what they should and should not do! Surely the Royal College should be concentrating on the dangers we know are real such as smoking, alcohol intake and non prescription medication. Adding more stress to what is an already stressful time for many is unnecessary and unkind!
Comment on: UK nurses warned over milk formula marketing
I find it rather offensive to assume that by attending a study day arranged (and subsidised) by a formula company I am compromising my integrity in any way. I would not display or use any article that promoted formula feeding, when I believe wholeheartedly that breast feeding is best. However when offered a place on a valuable learning session that is within my financial abilities to pay for, because it is subsidised, I see no reason not to. I do not doubt the companies have ulterior motives for what they do - that is not my problem. We are all 'professionals' shouldn't we be treated as such and given a little trust?
Perhaps when the press next 'report' on a nurse who has been accused of making a mistake or error of judgement during her working day, they might just reflect that when they have a 'bad day' no one but a small number of colleagues know about it. For a nurse however their may be tragic consequences and continuing repercussions. That is the reality of nursing!
Comment on: ‘Babies have fluid levels?’
I agree with Lou and applaud Fran's honesty. I must respect any nurse who is not afraid to say 'I don't know'. Surely that is a much more professional (and safe) attitude than to pretend more knowledge than one posesses. I am a registered nurse and midwife and an experienced neonatal nurse, but move me into the area that Fran works, and I would be as a first year student. One other point, how many qualified nurses, in any speciality, would feel totally confident when faced with a serious accident on their way home?
I agree with Bridget, nurses today must be well educated and highly skilled to function at the level required in the ever changing world of health care. However compassion cannot be taught, you either care deeply about people and how they feel, or you don't.