I trained in 1972 to 75. My training hospital offered a high level of academic teaching and wide variety of practical experience. I was fortunate to work in a number of specialities. The negative was perhaps we were given to much responsibility ie taking charge of wards at night in second year with night sister covering a number of wards! The positive side of this was you made sure you did your reading/research so you were prepared for your shift and the cross examination you might have by consultant or night sister! At the end of my training I felt confident to take on my role as a registered nurse and life long learning. After taking early retirement at the age of 54, partly because of frustration of working in NHS, staff shortages, targets and paperwork seeming to take priority to actual patient care, I was happy to start working in a hospice. I had been out of nursing 4 years and took a health care assistant post. My learning continues and I find it wonderful to be able to be at the bedside caring for patients in an environment that supports the best level care putting patients and family first. I loved my career as a qualified nurse but equally find myself enjoying the opportunities my new role has given me. Perhaps if we took the best of the variety of type of training over past 70 years we might have something that ensures we have nurses well prepared for patient care and retain them in the NHS. Nursing always has and always will evolve and there are no easy answers as to how we meet the challenges ahead but I hope we will have a majority of nurses who can say they have enjoyed their careers as much as I have.
I can't believe this is still an issue! I did not see these men as sexualising nurses or demeaning them, I saw men in drag having fun! I don't think this would influence the type of people who might abuse nurses. Abuse of health care staff ( not including the confused delirious patient ) is often down to influence of drugs/ alcohol especially in emergency departments and the attitude of some individuals who believe they can behave in a totally acceptable way without consequence. I don't believe these individuals are influenced by men in drag and I believe managers would be using their time/influence more effectively looking at these issues.
I do not take offence in the way these men raised money. It was simply meant as fun while raising much needed money to help patients. If their fund raising antics deter men from nursing then they are probably not suited to the profession, after all they would certainly have to face greater challenges than a few harmless men in frocks. Laughter is good medicine and I think we should all take a regular dose!
I read this post on face book yesterday and it really struck a cord with me. Like Ms Briggs I dislike the word " just " such as she's just a HCA, just works in Nursing Home or Elderly Care. There is no place for just in nursing, what may seem trivial or unimportant to some may be of huge importance to patients and there care. Everyone has a place in the ward team when caring for patients and the vital role is their working together, respecting and supporting each other providing the best care they can. Whoever it is, the housekeeper mopping the floor, S/N administering pain relief or indeed someone wiping a patients bottom they all have a role in patients well being. This month it is 46 years since I started my long career in health care as a cadet nurse. When I was 54 I retired after 25 years as a ward sister however I missed patient care so much I returned to nursing 5 years ago as a HCA working in a hospice. What ever the grade I have worked in I have gained so much in caring for patients to the best of my ability while working with some wonderful people. So to all those who take part in the care of patients I would say be proud of what you do every day and in these difficult times keep smiling!
I retired as a band 7. I believed that to promote good practise, facilitate staff to meet their full potential and make good use of the excellent skills I regularly found in various grades of staff that I needed to be present in the clinical area. So often I found myself bogged down with paperwork which I felt could be carried out by a ward manager assistant so I agree there is a place for that role. I was always counted in on the numbers so agree there is a place for senior staff to be supernumerary for part of the working week but believe it is also essential for Band 7 and if introduce Band 8 ward matrons to have clinical input and be accessible to patients and staff as a normal part of their working day. The ward sister/charge nurse when I trained and worked as a staff nurse then ward sister saw each patient on the ward every day something I still believe is important to maintain/promote high standards of care and give staff the encouragement and support they need. I will be interested to see how these roles develop.