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THE BIG QUESTION

The big question: should new nurses face checks on their compassion?

The call for new nurses to be screened for their values and ability to be compassionate has been made by an expert panel reviewing the NHS Constitution.

The chair of the panel, Professor Steve Field, said universities should interview all healthcare staff before giving them places, and base part of those interviews on values set out in the constitution. Do you agree that compassion tests should be introduced?

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Readers' comments (5)

  • what are they comparing it too, their own standards?

    of course all potential nursing students and health workers should be interviewed, why bother asking such a fundamental question?

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  • Which universities DON'T interview nursing students? Name and shame! I didn't come across any when going through the application process..

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  • Professor Steve Field said the review had discovered several nursing schools in England did not carry out interviews.

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  • It is inconceivable that nurse training candidates are not interviewed in some of the training facilities to test their suitability for entry into the nursing profession.

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  • Of course nursing needs to face the question of compassion, as do doctors, police, teachers and politicians. I'd like the pharmaceutical companies to evidence their compassion as well as NHS dentists.
    The fact that this compassion debate centres on nursing is interesting and I wonder whether used as a deflection to prevent nursing coming into its own power.

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