Student Health Visitor
Hi! I’m Anthony, ex-student nurse from KCL and and now a student Health Visitor at City Uni. I used to be the Student Affairs Editor for the Student Nursing Times. I took on the role to continue the fight we began with #BursaryOrBust. If we want to save our NHS and the profession we are joining; we need to build a movement, not just a moment in time.
I truly believe that if we remember our heritage, of a profession that was born in the Suffragettes and a time of greater austerity than this country has ever seen, we, as nurses will be unstoppable agents for change. The NMC code calls on us to be leaders, professionals with an evidence base that we must exercise for our patients. This applies not just on the wards but also in the public eye.
It is our duty to stand up and speak out.
This would not incentivise me to do bank. Why getting paid quickly or losing funds from my pension is attractive is a mystery to me. Perhaps the Government should stop wasting funds on IT and pump it into wages.
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I do agree with this despite my love for the NHS. As an entity it has to attract new students in. The current situation isn’t all that attractive so it’s not surprising that staff turnover is high. We need compassion for staff as well as patients.
Sorry but I totally disagree. We should fight for what's right not put the best spin possible on an awful situation. The taxpayer, including nurses, will pay for the student loan debt which is wiped off so it's bad no matter which way you look at it.
Nursing Associates should be funded to become RNs and we should be paying all students for the time that they work.
Most important of all, Nursing is a profession, not a vocation. The government will continually try to beat us over the head with Florence Nightingale if we let them. She, and nursing, have been framed as angels, the lady with the lamp, the ethereal nurse. It's that attitude, of calling us a vocation, that lets us be treated like dirt because we don't deserve the same rights as other professionals. Nursing needs to remember it's power as the largest voice within the healthcare arena.
It should be noted that King's College London doesn't appear because of the successful NSS boycott organised by KCLSU - however, history suggests that it would have continued to have fared poorly
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Recently wrote an article about this for the Student Affairs section. You should definitely do it! There's so many services being transitioned into the Community and there's the same if not more training opportunities for you