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THE BIG QUESTION

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

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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?

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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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