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Gillian Dargan

Gillian Dargan

UK

Female

Nurse Consultatn Masters' Degree in Nursing, with Education focus, California State University.

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  • Comment on: 'The most important aspect of this job is touch'

    Gillian Dargan's comment 12 January, 2012 4:09 pm

    As an RN certified in healing touch, but more mportantly trained when touch and the art of nursing was important, it is a shame to see that we have to wait until patients are in hospice until we use are most gracious skill of 1:1 patient interaction. It has been well studied that patients who receive "touch" of a caring nurse use less pain medication and heal faster.

  • Comment on: NMC chief exec resigns

    Gillian Dargan's comment 12 January, 2012 4:03 pm

    Well something seriously has to be done about the NMC. I am British began my training in UK, however, completed nurisng studies in USA as my husband was in the military. I am planning a permanent return to UK, to care for my mother. Trying to get through "EU nurses" that could not understand an 85 yr olds words or intent; let alone have my almost deaf mother try to understand their accent was very scary. I went to NMC to apply for registration ( I have a Master's Degree in Nursing and NUrsing Education). I was told that I have to take an expensive test to prove I could speak, read & write English. I offered by publication of research and nursing thesis to act as proof. I was then told no.. USA, Australia, Canada (etc) are not in EU, so have to prove they are proficient in English. I asked abou the EU' nurses and they said they do not have to as it is a trade agreement. Where is the safety in that, for our patients?

  • Comment on: Nurses failing to recognise patient engagement

    Gillian Dargan's comment 21 December, 2011 6:39 pm

    AFter some awful experiences with NHS and a family member this week, I believe that PPI is good, however, until with get to the ground routes of the nursing practice issue of compassion and listening skills. no formal program is going to change the attitude of nursing. Staffing has to be adequate for the good nurse to function and the uncaring nurse who fails to be a patient advocate and just does tasks need to go away. How much extra staffing does it take to recognize a patient is "failing to thrive" due to swalling deficit, and no base weight done prior or since acute hospital admission, or advocacy to get the nutrition he needs, discharges him and he comes back compromised with a fall. Now waiting 3 days for a medical consultation to show up!

  • Comment on: Hospital-admitted alcohol cases up 900 a day

    Gillian Dargan's comment 25 August, 2011 8:54 pm

    THe real issue that should be address is the cause of excessive social drinking. Look at the lack of employment, lack of preventative healthcare and social depression with government ineffectiveness. Drinking is a coping mechanism when done in excess, ergo a symptom of the underlying problems.

  • Comment on: Frontline nurses are key to ensuring quality care

    Gillian Dargan's comment 25 February, 2010 5:28 pm

    I can only concur with the disappointment in nursing as a whole (we all know there are great nurses out there). Our NURSE, leadership has failed to protect the Art of Nursing, the 'caring about' not caring to. Metrics, are paper driven and measure the tangible, it is the intangible passion of caring that cannot be easily measured. Over the past 30 yrs of my career we have focused (Internationally) on the science of nursing and have made wonderful strides in outcomes, we have failed to give the same attention to the art of caring for the patient. Not every A student is going to make a good nurse. There needs to be a measure of capability to care about people in an altruistic mode. It is that apsect that I am focusing my research upon to define a tool to measure, Being present with the patient, compassionate and empathetic dialogue. We can be too busy, short staffed and poorly managed, it should not affect how we respectfully communicate to our patients. Rounding is key, it sounds as if we wouldn't have time, and yet at one facility we found it actually saved time and improved producivity and pt. satisfaction. Our nurse leaders know the problems and need to own up they are NURSES and patient advocacy is the primary responsibility. Take it to the politicians and fight for the Art of Nursing.