I qualified as an enrolled nurse in the 80s and worked in orthopaedics, care of the elderly and in trauma theatre in Edinburgh. I did the conversion course in 96 and worked for 4 years in respiratory medicine. I completed a diploma in cancer and palliative care in 2000.
I left the NHS in 2003 and have worked as an information nurse specialist for a cancer charity ever since. It is very rewarding and varied but I do sometimes miss patient contact and working with other nurses. I have worked with some amazing and inspirational nurses in my time.
I have completed further studies in CBT and in Social Sciences
Excellent clear break down of the cells. I found this very useful to reinforce my knowledge.
I have signed, and shared. It wouldn't be quite so bad if we could pay in monthly instalments..
I work for a cancer charity (Not Macmillan), I answer the Freephone helpline and we get almost as many calls from carers as we do from patients. Carers needs are not being met and they have such a tough time of it, its important that this is recognised. Carers not only have to familiarise themselves with the ins and outs of the patients cancer or illness, but the also have to be walking talking diaries knowing about appointment times and dates, about drug times and possible side-effects and interactions and they have to field calls from other family members. The burden on them is enormous and it can be overwhelming.
I totally agree, and shame on the Nursing Times for quoting the same sensationalist, negative, inaccurate text as the tabloids about food and drink withdrawn in the last hours or days of life. A few who lacked proper training or who didn't use the pathway properly were culpable for its demise.
Comment on: Study pilots ‘paying’ new mums to breastfeed
I agree Sarah, why not employ more nurses to support the new mums instead, or is that too simple.. I'd have loved to have had a dedicated breast feeding support nurse when I was a new mum.