Very interesting article. I've shared this with our Admiral Nurse, as we're doing some work around dementia & falls currently. Thank you.
The employer has a duty to report serious cases to the NMC at an early stage & they may impose an interim suspension from the register or conditions which would prevent her from working.
Surely it is because she has not yet been charged with the offences, only arrested on suspicion of them, let alone found guilty in a court of law. She is currently in custody & I suspect will be suspended from work. I would expect the NMC has to follow the "innocent until proven guilty" theory, however strong the evidence may be!
I qualified in 2000 with a degree. I chose to do the degree over the diploma pathway as I wanted to stretch myself academically & also as I was advised I would end up doing it anyway, in order to progress up the ladder.
I am certainly not "too posh to wash". I love nothing more than to give essential nursing care to my patients, getting to know them & their loved ones.
My degree has given me the ability to look more deeply at the evidence base behind my knowledge & enhances the skills I have & the care I give. My compassion, essential for a palliative care nurse or indeed any nurse, is part of me. My parents instilled that in me, my career has only brought it out & used it to give the best care I can give.
I agree wholeheartedly with those who say look forward, not back. I am not a doctor's handmaiden, but I can work alongside them & have gained so much from their knowledge. We can also educate them, our knowledge & skills in our own fields is huge!
Every system has it's flaws & I hate the way that nurses are taken further from the bedside. However, I believe this is not the fault of the degree nurse but advancing medicine & a system that is failing to keep up.
Sufficient staffing levels & nurses having their fair share of both the hands on work & the necessary paperwork to document their patient's care would go a long way.