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L Stephens

L Stephens

Sussex & @ http://community.he


I work as a community matron / practice nurse.

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  • Comment on: GPs sceptical of community matron value

    L Stephens's comment 29 September, 2011 9:49 pm

    The DNs v Community Matron argument simplifies the debate about the CM role massively. I am a community matron and practice nurse and feel I work pretty well with my DN colleagues, who I feel at band 6 are undergraded and overworked.
    Theres no shortage of people with long term conditions to look after we don't need to fight over caseloads...
    GPs may unfortunately often see things from a practice perspective-which is fair enough in some ways as they have large lists and responsibilities and if it isn't something that affects their practice budget then they will not value it. The future for any nurse in the community does not look great if GPs are to manage services-terms, conditions and wages for practice nurses are way worse than for their community colleagues despite many practice nurses doing specialist roles. I think that CM roles will be easy targets for trusts looking to make savings and studies like this will not help....

  • Comment on: Depression 1: identifying the condition and offering initial treatment for adults

    L Stephens's comment 2 December, 2010 2:49 pm

    Very helpful article, thank you.

  • Comment on: Is it ever ok for nurses to accept gifts from patients?

    L Stephens's comment 27 July, 2010 6:10 pm

    You're right Martin. Its all a bit unneccesary.If i was the kind of person to say 'its PC gawn mad' I would.But I'm not.What we all really want to know is what was this gift?
    I was given 2 bottles of nice wine by a relative of a patient of mine who died recently.I raised my glass to the man concerned and enjoyed the wine.Don't see anything wrong with that.

  • Comment on: Interview: Mark Radcliffe

    L Stephens's comment 28 May, 2010 8:53 pm

    Good luck with the book Mark.Like the sound of the aspiring Go West member. Sure hes a DJ on my local radio station-the only place you'll hear more than 2 Go West tracks in one day.

  • Comment on: So, you think swimming with sharks is stressful?

    L Stephens's comment 21 May, 2010 9:27 pm

    You're right Mark about the 'emotional labour' of nursing. The culture of busyness that we surround ourselves in and moan about but simultaneously wallow in makes the emotional price high for some really good nurses. I believe that more rotational posts between settings and NHS organisations with opportunities to do jobs part time and still be taken seriously would help. I tell colleagues who work part time not to feel they have to say 'Well I know I'm only part time...'

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