Striking in my opinion would be wrong, dangerous and unprofessional.
What would be far more effective would be to withdraw goodwill. The health service has relied on the goodwill of nurses since time began! It would not breach patient care and safety but would start to grind the cogs to a halt.
I was in nurse management in the eighties and saw, first hand, the changes in management structure.
Almost overnight,there were managers ad infinitum with assistant to manager and assistant to assistant to assistant. They had the most wonderful titles with an equally wonderful salary to go with them.
I saw the writing on the wall and got out and returned to clinical. Good move.
Since those days it would appear that this has escalated many fold resulting in decisions being made that impact on patient care. Hence all of these dreadful reports and unecessary deaths ( will we ever forget mid staffs). NO.
An urgent review is needed into the relevance of this top heavy structure and only then will monies be directed into the appropriate clinical settings with appropriate levels of staffing.
Bring it on...
I was discussing nurses practical competencies with an old colleague of mine quite recently. We were clinical nurse teachers together.
We both agreed that there was an urgent need to re-introduce this discipline.
Nurses are now well educated academically but far too many lack the necessary practical skills that are fundamental to nursing. Unfortunately, this has produced some very dangerous nurses, who put patients at risk.
I fail to understand why a degree in nursing is awarded to any individual, when they have not demonstrated a competence in all documented practical skills. Surely this should form a very important part of the degree course.
If I returned to the wards now, I am afraid I would be "referring" an awful lot of nurses, who would then ultimately "fail" their degree.
One final point...I see a "drip" as an idiot. Can we please have some professionalism here, it is an intravenous infusion!
Nit picking aside, I think the important message here to all nurses is that we can be removed from the register not only for our actions but also NON actions.
That should serve as a very powerful message.
What these two did was heinous and a disgrace to the profession. I will be spitting bullets if the high court overturns the NMC decision.
The longer they are off the register (and anyone like them) the better, for both patients and the profession..