As ANONYMOUS 29 Sept 1034 mentioned I also read the deal and worked out that it wasn't a good offer or even close with the way it was to implemented let alone the so called compensation bonuses and quickly worked it out. It begs the question did the so called negotiators working on our behalf with our best interests in mind actually read the proposals or even more worryingly did they negotiate this and think it was good deal. To quote the person who said it Yes I was one of those morons who voted against the deal because even with my apparently limited intelligence I worked out it wasn't a good deal. The old adage springs to mind if something looks too good to be true it generally is.
I havent always agreed with Mark comments over the years but they are always inciteful. In this case I whole heartedly agree with his comments and viewpoint. Rebranding is not the issue nor is changing job/role titles but as he says making the job more attractive with pay, conditions etc all the things that would go towards increasing all nurse recruitment would be a positive step. I have been qualified for over 35 years and realsied very early on that men and woman bring our own unique perceptions, talents and skills to patient care and compliment each others within the Nursing team. I have had the pleasure of working with some very good Nurses of all grades and qualifications both men and women as well as some from the other end of the scale but my inspirations and heroes have with the exception of 3 men have all been women. I also agree that we need to show young males that Nursing is no slight on their masculinity and that we can care as well as the next Nurse male of female. I hope we have moved on from the piecer of advice I was given by my first Tutor when I started my training " You will need to be better than everybody else to be taken seriously by the majority of Nurses you will come across in your career". I would like to think this is no longer the case and that we can be as good as all of our colleagues and treated the same but I have always felt that the advice I was given certainly in my early career was valid. I have found my self always pushing that bit harder, volunteering for the worse duties ( very similar to what we all have to do now everyday) just to be taken seriously, I would like to think it has paid off and I have been the best Nurse I could be and supported my colleagues to the best of my abilities. This will probably upset people but this is only my opinions based on my work experiences for right or wrong.
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