Staff Nurse in Geriatric Medicine, Dementia and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards lead Nurse. Interested in all aspects of Geriatric medicine. Twitter- @marcaevans
There is nothing at all wrong with this idea, I don't understand why there are negative comments about it. Doctors go through intense clinical scenarios during their training to prepare them for all possibilities and this should be the same for Nurses. Training should look at how to deal with things like respiratory arrest or a patient suddenly deteriorating and scoring a EWS of 6. These are some things that weren't covered during my training (even though it was only 8 years ago) but could have been really helpful as preparation for clinical practice.
Its not something the Government should be proud of, numbers are exceeded this year because those who want to be Nurses fear they won't be able to afford it next year without the bursary. I can see the headlines for next year, sharp decline in numbers for pre-registration nursing courses.
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What needs to be done is to have key clinical skills taught during the last part of pre-registration courses. I think newly qualified nurses should be stepping onto the ward being able to do IV medication, venepuncture, cannulation and catheterisation. This would reduce the pressure on other staff and benefit the NHS.
We already use single use products for this purpose.
I think they've got it! Finally MPs are understanding our concerns about removing the bursary. It absolutely will deter people from signing up to pre-registration courses! If I did not have the bursary to help support me through my programme when I was training then I wouldn't be a Nurse today. I could not imagine having 50k worth of debt knowing that it is extremely unlikely that I will ever earn that amount during my career. I am proud to be a Nurse but knowing you will spend your entire career and most of retirement in debt is unacceptable. MPs need to backtrack on their decision to remove bursaries now!
I know that medical students depend on loans when they are training, however, they are likely to hit over 100k/year at some point in their career when they become consultants or GPs. They are likely to be able to pay it off whereas we are not.