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  • Training HCAs to recognise patient deterioration

    Alice P's comment 13 August, 2014 6:39 pm

    Would it feel better if CRASH stook for Clinical Support Workers' REDUCED Assessment....?

    I know the word 'assess' feels like it is owned by RGNs.

    Please do not fear someone taking your job! It's called working at the top of your license, and besides, it protects patients. If you cannot be the one to give the bath and take the vital signs because you are doing the higher maths with medication administration, then delegate appropriately. This tool is designed to help you do that.

  • Flu jab champions rewarded for efforts

    Alice P's comment 24 February, 2014 2:07 pm

    Sorry, Anonymous, you have come off looking like you have stock in over-the-counter flu remedies. Here is the link that shows the flu jab is safe for everyone six months and older, even pregnant women: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/FluVaccines/
    Certainly you can understand in a risk-benefit analysis that getting the jab is much less risky than suffering the flu?

  • Is the focus on compassion a red herring?

    Alice P's comment 2 October, 2013 6:06 pm

    Using one's intellect to control emotional outbursts does not mean one is discompassionate. Using one's intellect to process distress, burnout and fatigue in private do not mean we are damaged or de-sensitized. If your only coping mechanism is denial, then yes, you may better suited to another career.
    I think this piece SCREAMS that we need higher education in nursing, so we will all have the vocabulary to describe the constructs and paradigms within which we deliver heartfelt, compassionate care.

  • “I will continue to tell the public why nurse education is crucial”

    Alice P's comment 16 September, 2013 12:00 pm

    "You don't know what you don't know" means sometimes people who don't have a degree don't understand what it means to become enlightened, educated, and emboldened. Sometimes, they even think having a degree and life experience are the same thing! Fortunately, Linda Aiken and some others are doing great research into the benefits to patients of nurses with degrees and certifications.

  • Could you offer a convicted sex offender non-judgmental care?

    Alice P's comment 30 July, 2013 2:16 pm

    How do we ever know the person in the bed is not just a 'pre-apprehended' pedophile? That is some hubris to think we can judge others by what we see. I agree with the statement, they are patients first. We are their nurses first. We perform to the best of our abilities and allow others whose job it is to prosecute or punish. We don't need the lawyers coming in to do our jobs, do we?

  • 'Essential care must never be described as menial'

    Alice P's comment 30 July, 2013 2:04 pm

    You are so right, Jenni! From now on, I will not offer any "back to basics" classes. I'll find a new name. After all, footballers make great money and enjoy prestige for the very basic act of kicking a ball!

  • Is nursing a low-status profession?

    Alice P's comment 30 July, 2013 2:00 pm

    Yes to both. We can't ignore that because we are predominantly a female workforce we are discriminated against. It doesn't help that every year someone publishes the "worth of a housewife" and they always include "nurse" as one of the functions. Is there someone we can speak to about that?

  • 'Let’s shout about the complexity of nursing'

    Alice P's comment 11 June, 2013 1:41 pm

    I have never heard it said better! We have the same issues in the states. We lament our low pay compared to other clinical roles, but then hold one another down with a refusal to realize that a degree can bring the respect we crave through quantitative outcomes, without any loss of qualitative talents. It's time we said to the degree-less, we are not invalidating your contributions, but it is well past time to move ahead...

  • Does hand hygiene technique matter?

    Alice P's comment 26 March, 2013 1:36 pm

    I agree with Kim. For some strange reason, every time there is a problem, people automatically look at 'education' and think there is a knowledge problem. It is most likely NOT a knowledge problem in so many cases, especially this one. The problems are attitudes and behaviors. We also do too much 'spoon-feeding.' We TELL learners WHY they need to pay attention to a behavior, instead of having them tell US why their behavior matters. And we need to listen to their obstackes. What prevents them from doing the right thing?

  • 10 reasons why student nurses shouldn't spend a year as healthcare assistants

    Alice P's comment 26 March, 2013 12:56 pm

    I have personal experience with #5. In the late 90's with a Master's Degree, I considered going to nursing school, and found that I would have to take a six-week course in HCA just to matriculate. That was cost-prohibitive for someone already planning to take a year off work and pay nursing tuition also. So, I did not go to nursing school until that requirement was lifted.

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