Comment on: Should nurses undertake study in their own time?
Given that a lot of nurses have to do their daily work in their own time (ie after shifts), then I should imagine these same nurses do the same with study!
Seriously though, would we ask this in any other profession? How many Office Workers do their studying in their own time? I suspect only those that are doing it for Personal Achievement and those doing it for Professional (ie needed for work) are being given the time off from work to do it. So why is Nursing different? Because, while we are supposedly a profession, people still think of Nursing as a Vocation and a Calling. As long as Nursing is a Profession, then we should be the same as any other Profession...end of story. If we want to start using Vocation etc as an excuse, then we need to stop being a Profession
Oh, I do love it when "Researchers" decide to study things that are blatantly obvious to everyone (bar them apparently) and then present the findings as surprising! You could perform the same research (adjusted accordingly) at a National Bank and find that Customer Experience would be better when staff felt valued and appreciated as the staff would be more personable and communicate better.
It is all well and good keep on coming out with studies and reports saying front-line staff need more support, nurturing, valueing etc but as long as Management at all levels have only economics as a consideration, then these reports are, essentially, worthless. Until we can get rid of the millions of unecessary "managers" and other extraneous staff from the NHS, front-line staff will continue to feel pressured, non-valued, isolated and disatisfied and it will continue to impact on patient care (not because we don't care but because we have the inability to perform our jobs as well as we need due to decisions beyond our control). Perhaps at some point, Academics somewhere will do research where it is really needed: How many Managers in the NHS are actually not needed?
I am a non-RCN Member, so am looking at this from a neutral view (well, beyond being a nurse of course). On one hand, as pointed out in the article, leaving the ICN may well have devastating consequences as it may make others question their membership of the ICN and may lead to the ICN becoming weaker and having a weaker voice which will effect poorer countries far more than those from the UK and such.
However, UK nurses at the moment are, understandably, somewhat more concerned with what is going on in the UK: Job losses and insecurity, significant erosion of public trust, blamed for everything wrong with the current NHS and so on. Under these conditions, it would seem a better use of funds and time in trying to sort this country out before tackling the rest of the world.
I wonder whether a lot is to do with the fact that (I am assuming) most nurses don't have a clue about what the ICN do (beyond occasional conferences) as "they work behind the scenes). Working behind the scenes without publicity is not always a good thing.
I didn't go to the EGM (obviously) nor am I aware as to how this decision was made but to me it feels as though this is a direct message to the RCN itself that it's members want to see more action at home (apologies if I am wide of the mark here, just looks like it might be that way to me). Over the last few years, the pressure ramped up on nurses has grown and grown and RCN members would expect to see their Union being pro-active in trying to fight for their members but I have seen very little activity and, from the outside, it seems the RCN have just continued in a "Business-as-usual" manner throughout.
It could be none of those reasons and something else of which I am not aware but I hope that any decisions taken are for the right reasons. And, with regards to the article: "Many countries base their nursing systems on the British model", really? Is this the same system that is slowly copying the US system? The one that changed it's training system to P2K after it failed in the US and is now going to a degree based system, much like the US? Hmm....I would say many countries base their system on the American model.
Anonymous | 23-Dec-2012 5:16 pm
"their reports are meaningless anyway."
I have to disagree with you there. If it wasn't for the CQC and their scathing Report on my Trust regarding staffing levels and that the Trust had cut too many nursing posts making staffing levels unsafe, then the Trust wouldn't have been forced to take on about 70 Qualified Nurses. Instead, they would have continued cutting regardless of patient safety and staff safety. Up till then I had wondered how effective the CQC were...now I know and I hope they continue
Anonymous | 22-Dec-2012 3:30 pm
"no way are CQC ever seen out of office hours"
I know they work outside 9-5 hours as, when they inspected our Trust a couple of years ago, there were several occasions where they made unannounced inspections at night. Maybe it is linked to their initial findings and whether there are general issues such as obvious staffing.
As for the article, while I agree that Christmas should not be avoided by the Inspectors (those who disagree...do you include Easter as well, Bank Holidays etc?), I do not feel it would pain a realistic picture as Homes and hospitals go all out for the Day as there are significantly more relatives and visitors around and the staff are more likely to make that extra effort. However, as far as I am aware, the CQC doesn't just do one visit so it shouldn't affect it. The CQC should work 24/7, 365 days a year, the same as the whole care profession and should not stop just because of holidays