This is a very difficult one to call. I agree, we could do much better and should as at the end of the day it is the patients/service users that will ultimately pay the price.there is not room for bullying or intimidation in any sector of society or workplace. I question & wonder if what might have been happening here was as a result of a different approach & resistance to change by others that has it been interpreted as “culture of bullying and intimidation”. The majority of us prefer the status quo however the status quo is not always right or good an needs to move on. Interesting that no nurses appear to have signed their name to the concern.
Being 'traditionally' trained, so to speak, and later topping up my certificate to degree level, I can not help but feel that there is a significant swing happening and training is reverting back to one of practically based with the benefit of a 'degree' status. Having facilitated students who have gone though the variety of training models I am full of hope that this one will be rolled out thought out the 4 countries eventually.
I think that all the above have all made some valid comments. We need to get away, once and for all,from ritualistic practices that plague so many areas of our practice however it is not just nurses that need to be proactive in giving patients/residents a choice and what best meets their actual needs; managers, carers and families also need to take this on board. Managers because they hold the purse strings, carers, especially in NH's, are often the primary staff who provide the majority of front line care such as assisting with eating & drinking & families as they sometime overrule or think they know best for their 'doting' relative.