Behind the Rituals
All posts from: November 2012
Why are newly qualified nurses from minority ethnic groups “disadvantaged” when applying for nursing jobs?
New research has found that the odds of obtaining job offers in London are significantly lower for newly qualified nurses from some minority ethnic groups.
Previous research has suggested internationally recruited ethnic minority nurses are disadvantaged in employment opportunities. But this is the first to explore whether the issue also affects newly qualifieds from minority ethnic groups that have undertaken nursing education in this country.
The study involved 1,047 newly qualified nurses graduating from eight universities in London.
It showed that the odds of receiving an offer of employment by the time of qualification were lower than white British nurses for all the minority ethnic groups studied.
But the results were most striking for black African and Asian/Chinese ethnic groups, where the odds of having a job offer were half or less that of students of white British origin.
The study authors said the findings raised some “very important questions” about what factors influenced employment opportunities for newly qualified nurses from non-white and ethnic groups.
Last week Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, a former president of the Royal Society of Medicine, said ministers should introduce a “requirement” for all health service employers to “address obesity in their staff at all levels”.
“The staff are often quite severely obese and actually act as a very poor role model to those patients whose obesity should be being addressed,” the independent crossbench peer said at question time in the House of Lords.
What do you think?
A rotation scheme to give newly-qualified nurses a greater variety of experience has been started by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.
The scheme is intended to give newly-qualified nurses rounded development during their first year in practice. They will be employed by a locality rather than a service, and will have opportunities to work across services.
The mental health trust said the scheme was intended to provide an opportunity to “upskill” staff in areas outside their normal practice, improve working relationships across services, support personal development, and also to improve staff retention and prevent burnout.
Would you share crockery and cutlery with your patients?
The jailing of two nurses and four healthcare support working for the abuse of patients with learning disabilities at Winterbourne View hospital raises questions about why nurses fail to treat their patients as they would like to be treated themselves.
In a recent article in Nursing Times Steve Mee suggests that for people to be treated so badly they must first be “othered” . Othering is evident in ways that are unconscious. Steve suggests most of us engage in this hidden othering using the following example:
“Four people who have been resettled from a long-stay institution live in a house, with 24-hour support from a staff team. The staff are well organised. They keep a set of staff cups in a high cupboard. In a lower cupboard, there are client cups, which are cheaper and older than the staff cups. There is a dishwasher in the house and no one who lives there has a communicable disease.”
Can nurses claim to value the people they support if they are not prepared to share crockery? If they share with other staff but not patients/clients, this is othering in practice. The use of a dishwasher ensures that there is no health threat, so why does this practice persist? If a patient/client has a communicable disease, they should have separate crockery from everyone else, not only staff.
Steve comments “As a manager of support services, I once challenged a group of staff about not sharing cups. One member of the team summed up his feelings by saying: “I don’t know why, but I just don’t fancy using the same cups as the clients.” This suggests that there is no rational reason for this practice, it just does not feel right to him. This justification sits at an unconscious level and is worthy of further discussion”.