Comment on: Francis report: HCAs should face regulation
Any person who is involved in the direct care of patients must be regulated. By being regulated, we have codes of conduct and regulations to abide by which are there to protect everyone. At the moment, anybody can be employed as an HCA without any training. Suitable training and regulation of HCA's is the only way we can provide a high standard of care across the board where everyone is accountable for their actions. Regulation of HCA's can't come soon enough.
Comment on: Rotation scheme for newly qualifieds
I did this back in 1998 down in Plymouth and think all newly qualified should have this opportunity. It gave me a great insight as a newly qualified nurse into the nursing role in 3 different clinical areas.
I remember an incident when I was doing my training in the mid 90's, a patient collapsed. As the student, I was ordered to get a BP machine and check the patients BP. The correct BP cuff was duly applied to the patient and a very low reading was promptly displayed. On checking the BP manually the BP was normal; there was a huge difference between the 2 readings. It went to show that we cannot always rely on these machines and must always use our own clinical judgement, something I always remember. As mentioned in the article, too much dependence is placed on these machines and these are replacing traditional hands on assessments of our patients. What would some nurses do if they didn't have these machines to depend on?