I trained and qualified as a SRN in 1979 while serving in the RAMC. I'm no advocate of modern nurse training but appreciate that things have to change; it's how they change that matters to me. I have had a very broad career serving in the military, the prison service, elderly care, A&E, and primary care; I think it fair to say I've seen almost all aspects of nursing during the past 30 years.
I completed my nurse practitioner degree at the age of 51 to further my personal career pathway, not because I had to prove I was intelligent enough to study at degree level to enter the profession. I am now having to retire on health grounds, and quite frankly I'm glad to be doing so. The changes that are now occuring within the health service are too much for me; I'm old fashioned and proud of it!
There are several threads that really link together so I've only posted on some of them.
I don't believe the figure are a true picture as there were only 5185 respondees to the survey. Figures will be higher rather than lower but there are still many nurses scared to put their own views on this web site.
I agree with the comments about working to rule but wonder if an all out strike, even if limited, will actually come to fruition.
Comment on: Protecting jobs valued more than pay increases
Remember that the number of nurses that responded to the survey was very small considering the number working in the profession. Mike may well be right about the true number being significantly higher; smetimes the main problem is lack of leadership, and I believe this is the case with nursing.
I have to agree that, in the current financial climate, having a job is more important than a pay rise. However it is the cost of living that is devaluing our pay, and hikes in utility bills, travel costs due to petrol taxation, etc. do nothing to ease the pressure we all feel on our purse strings. Perhaps the government should start looking at other areas where money can be saved, such as benefits and immigration.
Comment on: Unison members are most likely to walk out
Far too many 'sheep in nurse clothing' to make a difference unless there is a cohesive action. That would also mean that some nurses would have to go against their own principles and beliefs, but I strongly believe such a sacrifice would be of benefit to all. Strong action has always brought results, and if we all truly believe we have to bring about changes then that is what we must do.
Comment on: Large scale nurse strikes never seen
Why have the unions not balloted their members about taking industrial action so that the 'internal process' could be started??
Fear is still the key to the power of the government and the NHS management; they know only too well that nurses are the least likely to strike and are the most likely o put up little or no resistance to demands made upon the profession.
I agree, the nursing profession should grow a spine and evolve from jelly fissh into upright creatures with a strong backbone!
Just how many nurses are there working in the UK? Yet only 5185 bothered to respond to this survey which provided a golden opportunity to give them a voice! I wonder if this is a case of 'what can I do' syndrome.
There is currently so much turmoil and upheaval in the NHS, with some very strange plans relating to changing roles; at the end of the day patients and their relatives will only be concerned about the satndard of care that is provided to them [the patients]. Ergo patients will have to be affected by any industrial acftion taken in order to get them on our side.