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  • Comment on: Midwives lose case over right to refuse to supervise terminations

    madcatwoman's comment 30 December, 2014 4:55 pm

    If voluntary euthanasia ever becomes legal in this country, would all general nurses be happy about taking part in this process whether they agree or not?

  • Comment on: NICE sets out 'red flags' on ward staffing levels

    madcatwoman's comment 13 May, 2014 3:49 pm

    1:8 means each of your 8 patients gets 7.5 minutes of your time each hour - how much can you do (and record in the notes) for an elderly dependent patient in 7.5 minutes? How long does it take to wash someone, hoist them out onto a commode and back, help them take their medications, help them eat their meal, let alone sort out their discharge arrangements, speak to their relatives....... Better than 1:20, but not exactly a magic bullet! There does need to be some kind of needs assessment built into this

  • Comment on: Do you support the move to e-rostering?

    madcatwoman's comment 13 May, 2014 3:26 pm

    e-rostering systems have to have rules built into them by the organisation using them. In my experience, rules are built in to ensure good skill mix on shifts, but not to protect staff from impossible shift patterns. There should be some sort of agreement as to what are reasonable shift patterns for staff to work to protect their health and well-being, and to enable them to get regular sleep, ie. not working random nights to fill a gap, 10 days worked in a run, etc. Nurses are not machines, and should not be programmed like machines

  • Comment on: Study debunks health claims surrounding red wine anti-oxidant

    madcatwoman's comment 13 May, 2014 11:42 am

    Never mind, I'm going to carry on testing, just in case

  • Comment on: "We must look at our practices and attitudes about shift work"

    madcatwoman's comment 11 November, 2011 10:10 am

    I understand that everyone is different, but someone has to do nights, and I prefer them and did permanent regular nights for some years. You get into a rhythm if the rota is regular, and at least you get a regular number of hours between shifts. I do NOT however find it easy to do crazy mixes of shifts - it is the turning round from days to nights and back that kills you, and a run of early & late shifts with the odd night thrown in and constant split days off is exhausting, as there is no recovery time. Let alone the lack of continuity for both patients and staff. Someone above complained about doing 7 nights without a night off - I would hate a night off in the middle of a run, what are you supposed to do with it, maintain the rhythm and stay up all night, sleep for 36 hours or turn round twice and end up with jet lag? We are all different, employers should try and let those who like nights do them, and those who cannot get on with them do days