This was the way I was taught as a student. You got more responsibility in 2nd year including teaching 1st years and running the ward in your 3rd year was counted as part of your work placed assessment and must be passed before taking your finals. Nothing much new as far as I can see but please correct me if I am wrong it will be my age to blame.
Are the Negotiators standing down? just a thought did she read the proposals herself and if so then she is guilty of deceiving the membership or was she told the contents by the negotiating team which would make them guilty of deception or at the least misleading the membership. I think all persons involved who didn't make this supposed fantastic deals implications clear to us should step down as they certainly are not looking after my best interests. For the record I voted against the deal as it sounded too good to be true and generally if something sounds too good to be true it usually is.
I agree with Catherine as I qualified a bit earlier and didn't realise I had made such a bad job of my career. If I had to try and get into Nursing now I wouldn't be able to, academic achievement has never been my strong suit, and while maths is still not my strong point either I have been able to calculate the drug and fluid doses I needed to over the years safely but I very much doubt I could pass the maths bit either. Looks like by 2020 it will be the robots looking after me in my dotage
I have been a Nurse for over 36 years and have always disliked the term Male Nurse, I am a Nurse the same way the colleagues I have had the privilege of working with over the years are also Nurses not Female Nurses. All genders bring something different to the role in addition to the common ones, we are in the job because we care and want to help others. I agree with one comment that making the financial side more attractive to help compete with other roles that require a degree would go a long way but I am not sure making Nursing gender neutral would necessarily be a game changer but I keep an open mind. The way men in Nursing are regarded now is vastly different to the way we were seen and treated when I first started which has been a very big leap forward. I remember being told in my training on one of my placements that "Men shouldn't be Nurses" by the Senior Sister and I was banished to the sluice room for the next 8 weeks. lucky for me there was a few members of the staff that didn't share that opinion. Ward nights out were always fun though as the only male in a large group of women I was regularly the envy of the local male population much to the amusement of my colleagues.
As a Male Nurse of over 30 years qualified I have experienced in the beginning a lot of prejudices including being told that I must be gay as only gay men become Nurses and memorably on my paediatric placement while training that "Men shouldn't be Nurses and I was wasting every bodies time" I was then banished to the sluice where except for a rather memorable night shift when i was left to feed and change a number of babies I spent my entire placement washing bed pans and similar. I have over the years found this type of attitude has lessened and the public has become far more accepting of us in the profession which is good. The strange thing I found in certainly in my early career that Ladies seemed to have less of a problem being looked after buy a man than a lot of the male patients the exception being pre op pubic shaves I recall. Before the days of on call security staff it mainly fell to the Male Nurses and Dr s to deal with violent patients and visitors, I am still old fashioned enough to prefer somebody to attack me instead of a female colleague and please don't think I am sexist as I have spent far too many years in Nursing working with exceptional colleagues female and male but mainly female and have always thought of it as being an honour to be told I am an honorary one of the girls. Men have a lot to bring to all areas of Nursing and like women we each have something particular to our gender but I agree with the article we still have a way to go in some areas to be fully accepted but I have seen in my career big changes in this which are continuing. Some of the most influential and inspiring colleagues I have met and had the pleasure of working with have been my female colleagues and that camaraderie we have enjoyed both in work and socialising, I have and still am proud to be classed as "one of the girls" respected by them for my work as a Nurse and a member of the team. The Ward Sister who started me on this career said go for it you will love and to her credit she was right.