Anonymous | 16-Apr-2015 8:04 pm
1. You can do the task but do you understand it
2. There is more to these tasks that meet the eye. Could you diagnose atrophic vaginitis as part of your continence assessment?
3. Do you perfrom rectal & abdominal examinations as part of your continence assessment
4. Would you recognise a side effect form medication?
5. Have you knowledge to deal with an emergency situation when doing a "routine" catheter change?
4.Are you accountable to a registered body?
I could go on.
The only reason that nursing care is downgraded to "tasks" is for financial reasons - no other reason whatever the managers may say. Until something goes wrong for the patient then there is uproar that unregistered nurses were doing a role that required the expertise of a registered nurse.
You don't know what you don't know.
Working with procurement opened my eyes significantly. It is a lot more complex than what nurses think.
As a specialist nurse, I see nurses waste money on a daily basis by using products inapproriately even though when questioned they do know the appropriate usage. I have been involved in changing current products and also introducing new ones being accused by some nurses of only doing it to save money. When any product is changed, you need to prove why it needs to be changed and if you have explored all options in the process of fairness. Any improvement in patient care or cost savings needs to be proved by hard evidence. This takes evalauations and time.
Nurses need to engage with their procurement officer if they want changes in products but also need to be prepared for the extra work that is required to prove it.
Anonymous | 15-Feb-2014 1:43 am
It saddens me your attitude about Care of the Elderly Wards as being thrown in and not being a good placement.
You are wrong, Geriatrics is a specialty, a very important one. Unfortunately you are not alone in feeling this hence the lack of funding in the unsexy Geraitrics; the Cinderella Service of the NHS
Rita Lawrence | 11-Feb-2014 1:27 pm
"I feel encouraged to read these posts that show nurses are being supported and the comments reflect common sense."
However the nurse who whistleblowed is being described as poisonous and whistleblowing being described as "to tattle on". This is not supporting the nurse who decided to speak out. Some nurses do not deserve our support but let the courts decide
Comment on: Plymouth nurses develop safer patient packs
I don't quite understand "available from the Trust's vending machines". does that mean the patient has to buy them?