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Ben McDonnell

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  • Comment on: Unions clash with trust over pension opt-out scheme

    Ben McDonnell's comment 12 September, 2016 11:43 pm

    Good for the union. With Theresa May in power we are going to need a trade union more than ever.

  • Comment on: Support for US nurse criticised over hair colour

    Ben McDonnell's comment 28 July, 2016 9:48 pm

    I worked in a big US hospital where dress code was comparable to what it is in the UK.
    Body piercings should not be worn by nurses or assistants having contact or potential contact with patients, and their managers should set an example.
    Tattoos also are inappropriate for nurses and I sympathise with policies that require prospective staff not to have them or for them to be covered, especially facial tattoos.

  • Comment on: Heart studies give backing to NHS ‘weekend effect’

    Ben McDonnell's comment 9 June, 2016 11:00 pm

    No answer Steve?

  • Comment on: Heart studies give backing to NHS ‘weekend effect’

    Ben McDonnell's comment 8 June, 2016 10:26 pm

    Steve, where do you get 32% for weekend discharges? i can only see 69.2% minus 66% in the report, which is 3 point 2. Have you miscalculated?
    It is generally accepted that patients are admitted at the weekend when they are more acutely ill, and this is a general explanation for such patients having a worse survival rate. As for being discharged at weekends, I don't know what we are supposed to make of that. The study itself states that no conclusion is drawn other than that more research is needed.

  • Comment on: 'Strong support' for regulation of new nursing associate role

    Ben McDonnell's comment 11 May, 2016 9:10 pm

    I simply don't believe what Health Education England is saying. I would like to know what questions were asked and how were the respondents chosen in this "survey". I can't believe that nurses involved in direct patient care, when asked what they needed help with, would respond simply that they wanted someone else to do all the hands on jobs. It just doesn't make sense. If all that is taken away, what are nurses left with?
    The associate nurse will have all the job satisfaction that nurses used to have, but less money, and less "real" nurses will be employed.

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