Beyond the Bedpan is pining for less sensitive times, and the all-graduate debate takes another unexpected turn
Such sensitive times we live in. What with students quibbling over a mere £10,000 worth of personal debt, the government cracking down on nurses calling in sick, and hospitals getting their wrists slapped just for letting a few too many patients die, there isn’t much going on that someone, somewhere isn’t outraged about.
But the management at Royston Hospital in Herts have really taken the biscuit, not to mention the cake.
Every year for the past 24 years, the charitable souls at Royston Runners club have organised a festive 10k run. Instead of an entry fee, runners are required to bake a cake. The cakes are then auctioned off with the proceeds, and any remaining cakes, going to Royston hospital.
But this year, the long arm of health and safety rejected the baked goodies, presumably due to fears of a fatal food fight breaking out among staff, or a comely young lady leaping out of a cake and sending male patients’ heart rates into dangerous territory.
Refusing to give up, the philanthropic joggers called for back up in the form of the League of Friends of Royston Hospital, who promptly persuaded the hospital to change it’s ridiculous stance.
The all-graduate profession debate refuses to die. Since last week’s column noted nurses’ near universal opposition to the move, readers have delivered a blow to Beyond the Bedpan’s reputation as barometer of national opinion - by coming out in favour of the move.
“An experienced nurse educated to degree level generally knocks spots off an experienced nurse without any academic qualifications. Academic achievement and safe compassionate care are not mutually exclusive.” writes Una Adderly.
Says Ellen Nicholson: “I would like to see nursing being more supportive over its own development, rather than comments about why we shouldn’t change. We have much to be proud of in nursing, lets celebrate it and move into the future.”
And finally, the most damning critic of the degree-deniers chooses to remain anonymous, probably for the best: “You don’t want to be doctors’ handmaidens, you want more specialist nurses, yet you think that nurses shouldn’t have a degree! Get a grip.”
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