Comment on: 'Recognise and reward the moral code of nurses'
Well said Mike! You are so right!
Anonymous | 9-Dec-2011 10:19 am what utter rubbish!
First of all, Mike never said Nurses didn't earn more than minimum wage, there's just not enough of a gap to reflect our roles!
Many Nurses, including myself, are NOT earning enough to be able to live comfortably. Constant pay freezes and pay cuts have devalued our pay to the level that it does not reflect our roles. Yes, it may be above minimum wage, but I did not gain a degree, and more, to earn minimum wage. I do not take on all the stress and responsibilities for the job, for minimum wage! I did not become a Nurse to become rich, but I do expect a fair wage for what I do, and a fair pension too!
Second, "if nurses want to be treated like professionals then they need to behave as such" We do! Every single shift! We should be treated as such simply by virtue of what we do! But we are not treated as such in any way, shape or form. We are not paid as such, we are not given the respect or status as such. Just because there are some who are not up to scratch, as there is in every walk of life, does not mean that the rest of us can be judged on that standard and not treated as professionals!
Back to the article, Jenni is right, Nurses ARE to be applauded and respected for their moral code, and what they do. But Mike, Mags and Latterlife Midwife and others are absolutely right that we should not be stopped from gaining our true potential as a profession as a result of it! In fact, we should get a lot more BECAUSE of it! And if people like anon above stupidly think that we should martyr ourselves and not improve our lot just because we have an important key profession, then it is time they retired from Nursing because they are doing more harm than good.
Comment on: Who should be feeding patients?
Well if it is the qualified staff nurses job to assist the HCA, could someone please explain to me exactly what the HCAs role is exactly?
I mean if qualified nurses now are expected to do all the basic care as well as all the clinical care, what is the point in having HCAs at all? We may as well get rid of them all completely and just hire a load of qualified staff in their place? Care would improve significantly anyway!
Basic care is the HCAs job, it is their role, and that includes the washing and the feeding. They assist us. And to say that is NOT, and I repeat NOT, suggesting that patient contact is beneath me, or I am above that, Anonymous | 21-Nov-2011 2:30 pm. What a stupid and unhelpful statement. It is simply expecting everyone to perform within the roles appropriate to their rank. HCAs are not the backbone of any ward, the staff nurse is.
Comment on: Healthcare assistant regulation plans 'too weak'
Mags, whilst I agree with you that many HCAs are great, I have to say many also are not, and some of the worst experiences I have had in my Nursing career have been down to HCAs attitudes. This is why full registration is definately needed.
Anonymous | 16-Nov-2011 6:34 pm, who said that wanting registration for HCAs means that we don't want a legalised safe skill mix too? To say that we don't is ridiculous!
John Warwick - If he even IS a Nurse - should retire. Views like those are very old fashioned and do not represent modern Nurses or Nursing. Anonymous | 4-Nov-2011 4:28 pm, perhaps if you had the skill/intelligence to become a Nurse yourself, you could understand that?
Comment on: NHS weight loss schemes 'ineffective'
I don't agree with the article either, perhaps it should state that 'fad diets and slimming clubs are accessed more regularly despite the fact they aren't as good.'