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John Tallon

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  • Comment on: Plans to drop NMC midwife committee a 'retrograde step'

    John Tallon's comment 6 June, 2016 12:25 pm

    The nurses don't actually want this. Besides, most of the people making the decisions will be government appointees.

  • Comment on: First self-funded nursing course launched to tackle shortage in NW

    John Tallon's comment 9 January, 2015 10:44 am

    Hey, when I submitted that last comment the web site started playing music...

  • Comment on: First self-funded nursing course launched to tackle shortage in NW

    John Tallon's comment 9 January, 2015 10:43 am

    When I predicted that, "paying to train" would happen to my, then, colleagues back in 1984 they called me all kinds of unrepeatable names and disparaged my political beliefs.

    So here's my next prediction, then. "Guaranteeing" jobs is almost certainly illegal. The poor schmucks who have paid to train will still have to go through the normal recruitment process and any - state funded - trainees that miss out would have a good case for the employment tribunals.

  • Comment on: Comment: 'How a university’s attitudes destroy professional practice'

    John Tallon's comment 19 February, 2014 1:47 pm

    This has been a really interesting discussion.

    I've been in nursing since 1976 and still wonder how I survived my student nurse years. Hair as long as I was allowed, much more interested in motorbike magazines than nursing textbooks. Probably less articulate and, certainly, less literate than I am today.

    I still cringe at how I presented myself to the world.

    In those days it would be hard to get into training with tattoos; now they appear to be compulsory. Fortunately, I hated tattoos and still do. Good job "punk" came along later in '76 and tutors and ward sisters had a new look to despise.

    I've had similar experiences to Brian Booth; but, like him, I've stood up and been counted when I disagreed with the attitude of nurse academics. I even left nursing for a short period; but that was the 1990s.

    These days I work with some great young- motivated - student nurses. I really don't care if they have tattoos or, safe, piercings; it's none of my business. I always keep an interest in them and how they are getting on for the rest of their training and several have come back to work in the theatre suite.

    Keeping an active Athens pass word and not disparaging modern training helps as well. Yes, we lost some good things, but overall I think training is better now; it's such a pity that the bursaries are so low.

    We were all young, give the youngsters time to come through and develop into good nurses (and ODPs).

  • Comment on: Knee surgery patient given iPad instead of sedative

    John Tallon's comment 12 August, 2013 7:01 pm

    Sounds like a good idea.

    Unless the patient decides they don't want to leave the theatre at the end of the case because they are listening to Beethoven's 9th or playing Angry Birds... :-)

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