This is a great initiative that is clearly having a positive impact on the retention of newly qualified nurses. Mentoring, supporting and nurturing is often forgotten in busy workplaces but it’s value is enormous as is being demonstrated. Well done Kathryn Halford for having the foresight.
Why is it that the police and prison service are offered preferential treatment over nurses? I have no axe to grind with these professionals personally but they already get benefits over and above what nurses do!!! Are they deemed more important that NHS nurses? Or are they more likely to cause chaos by ataking industrial action? Something is seriously wrong with the view of the NHS workforce here!
Having worked in the independent sector for a number of years, I am very well aware of the action that would be taken if findings of this nature were made in a private care home or hospital i.e. It would be placed into an embargo by the commissioners (social services or health or both). What's the difference just because it's a hospital? Patient safety is patient safety regardless of the location surely? And the staff concerned should be highlighted to management and appropriate disciplinary procedures adopted for their serious failures in practice including referral to NMC conduct committee! Seemingly one rule for one and another for others yet the same regulators!!!
It is no surprise to me to hear this either. The fact is that nurse numbers have been dwindling ever since the introduction of the degree level course. Prior to this, the profession lost untold numbers of Level 2 State Enrolled Nurses and stopped training more. So many people would love to train as a nurse but don't have the academic requirements to follow a degree course. Surely this is where the strategy needs to start - by looking at whether the existing system is fit for purpose and is attracting the best possible nurses of the future. The time has long past to be talking about this - we should be panicking about the future if no action is taken without any further delay!