Online training is becoming more and more common with some trusts delivering almost all of their mandatory training this way. Trusts are required to provide training to ensure safe working under HSE regulations but many are even letting this slip. There need to be greater sanctions for those employers who fail their staff in this way.
When I first qualified in the early 1990s, I was allocated eight uniforms that were washed by the hospital laundry. Now, over twenty years later, I have two uniforms that I have to wash at home. Progress eh?
It was only a matter of time...
I work in A&E (not in London) and don't think 'drunk tanks' would make the slightest bit of difference. The greatest increase in A&E attendance has been amongst frail elderly people and those with chronic health problems. This is mainly because nursing homes seem unable to look after sick people, GPs will not see or treat patients at home and support for people in the community is so poor. Many of the solutions to the crisis in A&E lie with community care and preventing people needing to come to A&E in the first place. It's all too easy for politicians to blame the public.
I do feel that we lost more than we gained when nurse education became university led. I know it's tempting to feel that your training was the best (in my day etc) but nursing is still a practical hands-on job and training is vocational. Most of us learn by doing and whilst traditional hospital based training may not have produced the most academic of nurses we did at least have a wealth of experience of dealing with patients by the time we qualified. Maybe some of the best people to review nurse training would be patients and nurses themselves?