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Anna Lincoln

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  • Comment on: Lansley: understaffing is not excuse for 'never events'

    Anna Lincoln's comment 4 March, 2011 8:01 am

    Yvonne...and 15 family members are demanding that you stop what you are doing immediately to speak with them for an hour each, the alcohol detoxer is beating up the others in his bay (and the hospital has no security), the lady with cancer just passed away and her 28 year old daughter was so distraught she wet her self. you have over 38 medications due whilst all this is going on...

    all this is happening at the same time all the time.

    Oh and the OT assistant and phlebs (who cannot he,lp me with any of the above) are hanging out at the Nurse's station having a laugh and everyone thinks that they are Nurse's who are bunking off!!! Argghhhhh

  • Comment on: Lansley: understaffing is not excuse for 'never events'

    Anna Lincoln's comment 2 March, 2011 8:28 pm

    What a jackass. He has no understanding whatsoever does he. Gosh. So glad I left the UK. We have a lot less "never events" on my new ward in the USA. The nurses are no better than British nurses. Not at all.

    We have less mistakes over here because we have strict one RN to 4 patient ratios. We always have a charge nurse on the ward without an assignment to back us up. We have 24 hour pharmacy, housekeeping and 2 ward clerks from 7AM to 11PM every day. IF a patient goes downhill or we get more acutely ill patients than usual we get more RNs straight away.

    This is why we have less mistakes. NHS RN's are on their knees. They are trying to do too many things at once. They are trying to do the jobs of pharmacy and everyone else. The clipboard bastards are the ones that have done all the cutting. The senior nurses in the NHS have no control and no power to facilitate change and it is the government and the non clinical managers who have done that.

    What surprises me is that British/NHS RNs do not make more errors. It is a credit to them. The RNs I work with now in the States would run away SCREAMING if they had to take on more than 5 patients at once.

  • Comment on: Hundreds in care homes die of dehydration

    Anna Lincoln's comment 6 February, 2011 5:43 pm


    Higher staffing levels pay for itself. They have been proven to save money in the long run.

    My solution? Educate the public. If the public had any kind of an understanding about what a Nurse is, and what his/her job entails, or they understood what happens when hospitals intentionally work off of poor RN to patient ratios, they would be screaming from the rooftops. And then you will see improvement.

    But the public has this idea of a Nurse as an angel, who can take care of an infinite number of patients simultaneously as if each and everyone of them was her only patient. You can deny her resources, pay, and help yet the angel will overcome it all because of her big heart , compassion, and angelic nature.

    The above describes how people generally(patients, relatives, managers and even some nurses) think. It is a way of thinking that causes Nurses to be denied the resources that they need to do their jobs properly.

    Nothing will change until we overcome the angel image.

  • Comment on: Hundreds in care homes die of dehydration

    Anna Lincoln's comment 6 February, 2011 3:31 pm

    It is government run healthcare. Money will never hit the frontlines no matter what political party is in power, Nurses are responsible for so many patients at one time that it is impossible to supervise the intake of every single one.

    On militant medical nurse we have been pushing for RN ratio legislation for years as they have (and is working) in the US and Australia. Labour wasn't open to the idea and the conservatives/lib dems even less so.

  • Comment on: Hundreds in care homes die of dehydration

    Anna Lincoln's comment 6 February, 2011 2:16 pm

    Listen to jjjez people. He/she talks sense.

    The "blame the nurse for not being able to give one to one care to 30 patients by herself" or "accuse the nurse of not caring or not being competent enough to spot dehydration" shit is getting old.

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