Currently working in Perioperative area and Thoracic Specialism of Scrub and Recovery. Qualified November 2016.
I am a newly qualified nurse and to be honest as much as we may be competent professionals in our own fields after 12 months post qualification I do not believe I would be in a position to complete a medicines management and have the appropriate knowledge of contraindications and comorbidities. I believe 3 years is not only more realistic but may prove safer for the public
That is very surprising and dangerous in some ways. A major part of what nurses do is to administer medications in a variety of doses and Routes. We already have a substantial amount of medicines errors in qualified practice, surely we need MORE work in terms of pharmacology, polypharmacy and actual administration to give people more of an awareness and protect patients from what had the potential to be fatal?
I attended congress when the motion was passed. It was an emotional moment where we heard a staff nurse couldn't make ends meet and was exhausted but couldn't stop. All we want to do is work a good day for a fair days pay!!
I think it is a very useful skill to have but to be honest I would rather have tough books or computers are consistently able to work, don't freeze and allow for constant checking of prescriptions at the patients bedside in order to reduce medicine errors.
Are we not endargering patients by taking the ownership of detection and treatment from the practitioner? It's true sepsis has been missed in previous years and there are around 44,000 people that die from sepsis each year. However, a patient could appear symptomatic but not necessarily MEWS scoring a 4 or more on initial assessment and as a profession we should use our intuition and assessment skills to take patient history and judgement before screening. Maybe money would be better sent on keeping a system more than 2 years in order to better support staff and their skills?