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  • Comment on: Nurse death not linked to bullying

    Abel's comment 19 July, 2010 2:21 pm

    Although I agree with the analysis, the conclusion is nevertheless hasty.
    Let’s see some definitions.
    Wikipedia defines bullying, jealousy and envy as follows:
    Bullying is a form of abuse (verbal, emotional, physical). It comprises repeated acts over time that involves a real or perceived imbalance of power with the more powerful individual or group abusing those who are less powerful.
    Jealousy is an emotion and typically refers to the negative thoughts and feelings of insecurity, fear, and anxiety over an anticipated loss of something that the person values, such as a relationship, friendship, or love. Jealousy often consists of a combination of emotions such as anger, sadness, and disgust. It is not to be confused with envy.
    Envy (also called invidiousness) is best defined as an emotion that "occurs when a person lacks another's (perceived) superior quality, achievement, or possession and either desires it or wishes that the other lacked it."
    Reading the above definitions, I believe that jealousy and envy are factors of bullying. The root cause lies deeper in our genes. No great difference within the animal reign!
    What can we do about it? Well! I am not sure. Maybe if I have a sense of death, hence a true sense of living, maybe I can really look at the mirror and said to myself: Am I a good person? Father? Husband? Friend? Colleague? Neighbour?
    Abel Sidhoum (RN)

  • Comment on: DH calls on nurses to help reduce alcohol harm

    Abel's comment 25 March, 2010 8:19 am

    This is what I wrote a few days ago on another post:

    Firstly, we know that alcohol abuse is responsible for serious ill health and social effects such as road accidents, crimes, domestic violence, liver failure, birth defects, mental instability, absenteeism, etc…
    Yet, there is still no ban on ads of alcohol, despite numerous international studies showing the benefit of such a ban.

    Secondly, according to the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS), the revenue (Excise duties & VAT) collected from Alcoholic Drink in UK is approximately £15 billions, that is the equivalent of the cost of Nurses and Midwives within the NHS in terms of wages, training, recruitment, insurance or other associated costs ( see report “Front line care”).

    Thirdly, The World Health Organisation’s European Charter on Alcohol states:
    ‘All children and adolescents have the right to grow up in an environment protected from the negative consequences of alcohol consumption and, to the extent possible, from the promotion of alcoholic beverages.’

    If the UK government are serious about public health, a few things they can do is to ban the advertising of all alcoholic beverages on TV and in cinemas as well as prohibiting sponsorship of sport or cultural events by alcohol companies, increasing further taxation on alcohol and tobacco products and capping significantly salt/sugar level within the food industry.

    These actions will reduce healthcare demand and, therefore, its burden. These savings and extra money could be used to recruit more health professionals, develop their continuous education, set up a mandatory Nurse/Patient ratio and invest further in primary health care.

    So get real about IBA! The onus is on the Government

    Abel Sidhoum (RN)

  • Comment on: Caring for patients means caring for nurses

    Abel's comment 20 March, 2010 11:57 am

    Excellent comments from all of you, especially Anonymous | 20-Mar-2010 10:33 am. Ok! The devil’s advocate may say to me that my judgment is subjective because they are all in line with my view. But this is a judgment I totally assume because it is mine. Whoever wishes to challenge it is welcomed. It is what we call a debate, isn’t it?

    I would suggest you to read the Economist Intelligence Unit ‘Doing more with less’. For instance, you find interesting statement from Professor Maynard such as:
    “The quality issues are really quite significant because if you start to cut people’s pay, you may affect motivation and affect treatment.” (2010, p.16)

    Based on the above statement, let’s try the following syllogism:
    All happy patients are linked to happy Nurses;
    The government is responsible for nursing pay rise, patient and staff safety;
    Therefore, the government is responsible for patient satisfaction.

    Abel Sidhoum (RN)

  • Comment on: Patient experience is more important than staff satisfaction

    Abel's comment 19 March, 2010 1:38 am

    Hi Rajnish,

    I am impressed with your post for two things:

    1. the sharpness of your writing;
    2. you are courageous because many with the same type of writing as yours would have been anonymous.

    I must add that I fully understand and respect the choice of writers who prefer to stay anonymous because retaliation from some bureaucrats in the NHS or government agencies against Nurses who wish to express their views is a probability that cannot be taken lightly.

    So keep telling your stories, your thoughts and your anger and keep protecting yourself, should you feel necessary!

    It is incredible how bureaucrats can be out of touch. Do they really enhance the quality of the debate? No, they do not because what they know best is:

    o To repeat the same emptiness all over again without knowing such as ‘use this insight to drive up quality’; if someone can tell me what it means, well done!
    o To oppose people such as Patients versus Nurses; I do not know if you notice, but politicians and bureaucrats when they loose ground they start opposing people to win their cause. What the hell! Do they think that a Nurse is not concerned about her/his Patients? Do they think that a Nurse is some sort of robot that would never be a Patient one day? Do they think that Nurses have never told them about their unsafe work conditions and the risks of harm to Patients as a result? Do they think that they can sincerely lecture or patronize health professionals about what they do best? Have they ever tried to challenge the status quo of their establishment, as to achieve patient satisfaction and safety?

    If the Government want the NHS to keep running towards quality of care, you’d better resolve the following equation:
    o Life expectancy, life-style related illness, shortage of health professionals and Healthcare spending are increasing;
    o Hospital beds are decreasing.

    The health reform has already started with the excuse of recession. It would be amplified after the General Election at the expense of quality care and patient safety.
    The healthcare system may collapse unless they reverse the reverse via smart health investments and better use of resources.

    The General Election is an opportunity for the 500.000 Nurses to stop this calamity, express their views and protect the public.

    Abel Sidhoum (RN)

  • Comment on: Patient experience is more important than staff satisfaction

    Abel's comment 18 March, 2010 1:09 am

    As long as we perceive health as a product or service, we will struggle to satisfy patients. In my view, this is not a commodity, but a human right as education.
    The WHO Constitution states: "the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being..."

    Leaders, especially those in the NHS or DH are not in a position to speak out on behalf of patients about quality of care because there are tied with the political forces.

    In the Economist Intelligence Unit ‘Doing more with less’, Professor Maynard states: “the quality issues are really quite significant because if you start to cut people’s pay, you may affect motivation and affect treatment.” (2010, p.16)

    So based on the above, let’s try humbly a syllogism.

    All happy patients are linked to happy Nurses;
    The government is responsible for pay rise, nurse to patient staffing ratio and education;
    Therefore, the government is responsible for patient satisfaction.

    Abel Sidhoum (RN)

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