Comment on: CQC plans care home crackdown
Until recently CQC insisted that care home managers had or were working towards The RMA (NVQ level 4 ) for residential care homes, they seemed to consider this award superior to a nursing qualification, a point I raised with The NMC, as I beleived this was detrimental to our professional status and resulted in a cheaper option to employ less qualified staff as managers.
The situation where Managers with only this qualification were in many cases out of their depths, results in high turnover/burnout and now shortage of managers.
Nursing homes must employ a registerd nurse and CQC would also emphasise the addition of the RMA. again I beleive putting off potential candidates and debasing our nursing qualifications.
When I raised these points with the NMC regarding this status issue their initial response was that I had a valid point, when this valid point was passed onto the next level of the NMC. I received short shrift telling me that CQC decisions had nothing to do with them..although they had a "memorandom of agreement with them.
So a foreseeable shortage of capable managers, degrading of nursing qualifications and care at the cheapest cost are part of this problem. CQC must address these issues if this is to be remedied.
Having returned to the NHS last year after a break of nearly 4 years, I can honestly say the stress in several areas I have worked has increased.
The overwhelming reason it would appear to me is the incredible increase in "paperworK2 I spend very little time now compared with a few years ago with clients.
The majority of the day is spent in front of a computer typing.
I used to be a nurse. The admin has killed the job I loved and I cannot wait to leave again.
Sponsored by Astra Zeneca......Blatant.
Comment on: H1N1 flu warning to pregnant women
What they fail to mention is that these studies were all conducted over the course of seven flu seasons between 2002 and 2009, before the H1N1 pandemic... So none of them involved the rushed through and poorly tested Swine Flu vaccine that has since been found to cause narcolepsy...
More alarmingly, they also fail to mention the fact that in September 2010, the National Coalition of Organized Women (NCOW), presented a report to the Vaccine Risk and Assessment Working Group (VRAW), stating that as many as 3,587 cases of either miscarriages or stillbirths have been reported by women who received the vaccine whilst pregnant... Quite the opposite of what we're being told now
How about the fact that CQC Will recognise an NVQ Level 4 as a registered manager of a residential home but insist on a trained nurse acquiring this NVQ on top of their professional status as a requisite for care home management?
I have now employed several NVQ 4 RMA qualified "managers" none of whom was acapable of the role.
Their standard of practise/knowledge is massiely below that of a trained nurse.
Legally too, there is no comparison.
I raised this issue with the NMC only to beadvised " not our business"
Nursing devalued yet again.