"Anonymous10 December, 2016 1:39 pm
What bursary? Only available for the selected few. I don't know anyone who has trained with a bursary. We live in England."
You may live in England, but many UK students and qualified nurses do not - including the ones that are being discussed in the article - or indeed the many thousands that live in Scotland. They voted for a government that prioritised, rather than pilloried, their NHS.
Fifty percent of nurse education is undertaken in the clinical area - that's 2300 hours that student nurses have direct contact with clinical staff. If they fail to witness basic nursing care or the use of appropriate bedside manner in that time, then it is possible that they might end up "grossly lacking" these abilities when they qualify.
Universities can and do provide students with the theoretical underpinning for practice - including fundamental nursing care and the skills to communicate with those in their care - but basic kindness is something that students and nursing staff have to possess in themselves!!
Fine-bore NG feeding tubes often cannot be aspirated to obtain fluid for a litmus test. If, however, this test had been carried out, it would have demonstrated that the aspirated fluid (potentially respiratory secretions from the lungs) was not acidic.
As many patients who are NG fed require proton-pump inhibitors, however, their gastric secretions might not be acidic either, so in this instance - or when no fluid can be obtained for a litmus test - an x-ray would be the only way of determining the location of the end of the feeding tube.
The article does not detail who actually administered the feed. Without evidence of the tube's location, nobody should have commenced feeding via the device - but whoever did so must be aware that their actions alone were what killed the patient.
It seems worrying that the person reviewing the provision of nursing, in primary care, does not think that nurses require "education" rather than "training"....