NHS Forth Valley
Qualified in 2000 where I started work immediately within an Acute Admissions Unit and remained there until 2014 where I took up post doing Quality Improvement around Hospital Associated Infections within the Infection Prevention and Control Team.
Next and ultimate goal is to become a Health Visitor...........
Really anonymous?! We're still harping on about the 'good old Matron days?!?!'
The demands and expectations on our health service today not to mention the poor hygiene of some patients and lack of knowledge of the sheer volume of visitors that are now allowed into hospitals and the introduction of open visiting in many areas means the pressure on Infection Control is greater.
I disagree with your comment that we have the dirtiest doctors and nurses hands in the history of medicine! In my health board we have dedicated hand hygiene facilitators who audit the five moments of hand hygiene on a daily basis, our IPCT hold monthly hand hygiene sessions and they are also included in all staff inductions of both nurses and doctors when required.
I think what this nurse has done is fantastic and if it gets the message across and sticks in people's minds then all the better!
The GMC would never stand side by side with the RCN which is the issue I have. Individually, nurses have shown great support to doctors and I can only hope that whenever nurses find their voices, we'll have the same courtesy extended to us from our medical colleagues but somehow, I highly doubt it.
But 2 days off in a row really isn't asking for much in the grand scheme of things, especially on a busy ward of whatever area of nursing you work in. When I did the rota for a busy acute admissions ward I used to always give the staff at least one week on the rota where they had 2 or more days off together. It makes for a happier and less exhausted workforce.
In order for this to happen, they need to start offering full time contracts for Practice Nurses as opposed to the usual 15 hours per week posts often advertised. From my experience, Practice Nurses aren't always on every day and when they are, it's for a very limited time.
All of the above and the fact they only ever offer reduced part time hours! Sometimes as little as 15 hours per week!