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THE BIG QUESTION

The big question: do people still believe nurses with degrees are too posh to wash?

The interim findings of the Willis Commission on Nursing Education has found “no evidence to support the view that graduate nurses are too posh to wash”.

The commission, which was set up by the Royal College of Nursing, said the move to degree-level registration of “all nurses in the UK does not appear to affect their ability or desire to care with compassion as well as expertise”.

The findings were based on a review of recent research, written submissions to the commission and three days of interviews with expert witnesses. 

Does this evidence mean that we are now likely to see an end to the “too posh to wash” label for nurses with degrees? What do you think?

Readers' comments (152)

  • Ashley  Needham

    I certainly hope it will spell an end to the "too posh to wash" label that has been branded on degree nurses! I am currently studying for my degree in Adult Nursing and I am certainly not "too posh to wash" in fact (and many other agree) I find it one of the nicest things we do as nurses. It allows you time to speak to your patient one to one and really get to know them and build a strong therapeutic relationship and rapport with them.

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  • yeh, lets drop this one and move on to the next!

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  • tinkerbell

    perhaps we can end this nonsense debate if just one of us admits that we are 'too posh to wash'

    even though i haven't got a degree i admit i am be 'too posh to wash'. Alright?

    Can we now stop this endless silly debate which only divides nurses when we are most in need of being united right now.

    But perhaps this will not be enough, as i haven't got a degree and presumably don't qualify. I will attempt to get one & I'll be back.(Arnie Schwazenegger).

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  • well, let's all be too posh to engage further in this silly debate and get on with what is important to us.

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  • do nurses really need a commission to find out how posh they are, and need expert witnesses to prove it?

    the mind boggles yet again! we will soon all be so boggled and paranoid with all those monitoring our every move and every word we will forget who and what we are and what we are about anyway!

    LoL PoshSugarandSpice

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  • Guys I agree this debate is ridiculous, but there ARE a lot of nurses (in particular - in my experience - older nurses) who believe this tripe.

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  • A Nonny Mouse

    The Big Question Is.......................

    why are we being asked to discuss this rubbish AGAIN.

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  • It's clearly ridiculous to suggest that that nurses are too posh to wash. And my butler would say the same, only he's doing the drugs round for me.

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  • the article is a spoof which everybody has fallen for!

    well done Wills!

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  • tinkerbell

    Mikey Rich | 17-Aug-2012 12:29 pm

    made me chuckle. How do you get a butler for drug rounds too. I'd like one.

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  • Tinkerbell

    would a dumb waiter do just as well? might be a better cost saving measure instead of taking on more staff!

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    Anonymous | 17-Aug-2012 1:14 pm

    so long as they're not too posh to wash or too dumb to do the meds or too illiterate to write up the notes or too inarticulate to answer the phone, or speak to the relatives or too slovenly to serve up the meals, or too miserable to mop the floor, or too dirty to disinfect a mattress, or too testy to make the tea or too superior to do supervison, or too mean to do mentoring, or too dainty to assist with diet, or too dodgy to delegate, the list is not exhaustive (but it is exhausting).

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  • Tinkerbell

    all your demands might be unrealistic but hailed by the managers for cost effectiveness and eliminate the the need for an extra salary.


    "dumb waiter
    n noun
    1 a small lift for carrying food and crockery between floors.
    2 British a movable table, typically with revolving shelves, used in a dining room."

    COED 11th Ed

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  • I think this is so patronising. Its like saying nurses are so educated these days that they are above cleaning and washing.

    I think its even more patronising to have a report actually saying this. I think the phrase comes from newspapers that cannot understand what being a nurse is like and how much the nurses care.

    Being compassioate and caring is part of you and doesn't matter how well educated you are, you still care.

    PDaveAngel

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  • I'm far too posh to listen to this tosh, think I'll got and do a wash.

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  • tinkerbell

    Anonymous | 18-Aug-2012 9:13 am

    Sounds like we've got the beginnings of a 'too posh to wash' rap:)

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  • is it on YouTube?

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  • Wash, wash - I'm way too posh
    I don't have to listen to no more tosh
    I don't do the cleaning
    And I was just meaning
    To become a nurse
    So that I can curse
    And spend my time
    On the telephone line
    Calling all my friends
    It drives me round the bend
    But I don't care, I'm hardly ever there
    Doing no wash
    Cos I'm far too posh


    Thank you and goodnight. xx

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  • Anonymous | 20-Aug-2012 12:55 pm

    Brilliant, well done that is highly creative.

    do you have the YouTube link yet. oh, and please send us free tickets when you are rich and famous.

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  • I should add, I think you need to put a name to it as well.

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