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Nikki Walton

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  • Comment on: ‘Z-drugs’ leave dementia patients at a higher risk of bone fractures

    Nikki Walton's comment 26 July, 2018 6:49 am

    Very interesting article. I've shared this with our Admiral Nurse, as we're doing some work around dementia & falls currently. Thank you.

  • Comment on: Cheshire baby murder suspect revealed as nurse Lucy Letby

    Nikki Walton's comment 5 July, 2018 8:51 am

    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.

  • Comment on: Cheshire baby murder suspect revealed as nurse Lucy Letby

    Nikki Walton's comment 5 July, 2018 8:42 am

    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!

  • Comment on: Surgeon’s letter to newspaper sparks row on nursing degrees

    Nikki Walton's comment 24 January, 2018 7:54 am

    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.

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