Mertha Nyamande RMN
Trained at Kingston University in Surrey, graduated in 2002, worked in various Secure Care and community settings nationwide.
That would be the biggest problem, wouldnt it? When we start seeing our patients as not human beings like ourselves... Why should we be different? That only affirms the stigma of them against us - thus creating a bigger problem. When you treat your patients like fellow human beings, you have a good chance of creating a much more effective therapeutic environment that will benefit both the staff and the patients.
Comment on: NMC fee to rise to £100 in February
The "modern day slavery" someone mentioned. Freeze the pay and increase the taxes + fees 32%. All we end up working for is to pay the bills, if we can even manage to afford that. We are even doing most of the the other professions work, junior doctors, psychologists, OTs, social workers, liaison, and other specialisms and still getting paid pittance. RCN, how can you welcome such? we pay you too to protect us from such? isn't it time we had a strike??? Someone has to look after the nurses to be able to look after the patients. This can't be right Mr Prime minister, please. We are probably better of not being paid anything and not paying anything in return - just food for work. How about that?
Pardon my ignorance on this debate, but i am not sure how this became a Doctors vs Nurses debate. As i understand, this is about how Nurses can participate or lead in change management. You surely do not have to be a Doctor to participate in change management, even a janitor can. Nurses and doctors however, are not on opposing sides and therefore should not be working against each other, but compliment each other. In my experience, as a senior nurse, you often get junior doctors coming into a specialised environments and would not have an understanding or experience of how the systems work, nor understanding of the patient's history, background or complex medical/care needs. So we have to work together to guide each other, most importantly understand each other's limitations. Gone are the days where the doctor said and the nurses do. we are professionals in our own rights and have the right to disagree or question a course of treatment prescribed. This discussion has taken a different/wrong turn. It would be helpful if people commenting focus on the topics rather that taking this as an opportunity to have a rant about what they are not happy with.
For starters, i think you need to be specific with your titles... "Nurses" is a general term, so are restraints. Here we are talking about mechanically restraining confused elderly patients to something or someone, right? This then gets misconstrued into "restraints not allowed" or "Illegal", which is misleading, please be specific in your redresses to avoid confusion and mixed messages. This can easily raise problems with "restraining" in general
The dilemma of the nursing profession is that nurses are expected to put up and shut up, due to the caring nature of the role. We deal with vulnerable individuals, yet at the same time the very vulnerable individuals are the ones being abusive and violent. As stated in earlier comments there is no support because there is no real evidence on how to deal with abusive individuals. a lot of the time, the ones being abusive is not due to their mental illness, but more behavioural or its just how they are used to interact and you cannot really change someone's personality in a short period, if at all. similarly, working with personality disordered patients, one has to be really patient, yet alert at all times to ensure boundaries are maintained as the patients can turn on you when you thought you were interacting well. so more research work is work is required in this area