Comment on: Nurse at centre of Duchess hoax call found dead
"The hospital had been supporting her throughout this difficult time.”
Considering the embarrassment this hospital was feeling I find the above statement highly suspicious.
Having worked for a few years as a senior nurse in HR and having to advise on cases where breaches of confidentiality had occurred, all cases we're full investigated and anybody involved would have been informed that it may lead to disciplinary action being taken. This must have been the case here too.
And no matter how supportive 'management' are in these cases - it can never be enough AND they have to remain neutral during the investigation...
...this poor nurse would have been going through hell.
Comment on: CQC attacks NHS hospital care for older people
...did anybody notice that buried amidst this article there was a list of Trusts who met the standards...and guess what - Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust is there - so why no publicity about this? Good news for the staff and the management teams there at last - well done.
Comment on: Senior SHA nurse recalled to Mid Staffs inquiry
This makes my blood boil. '...not suggesting for a moment you came along and deliberately told untruths'... no - of course you're not Mr Kark...but we can draw our own conclusions.
It's bad enough being found out eh Peter but to admit that you hadn't even opened the attachment to the email, I don't know what's worse! SERIOUS untoward incident - wouldn't that have given you some clue that the attachment perhaps should be opened?
Comment on: NHS boss says nursing directors must back cuts
How glad I am that I'm out of all this now! OK - cut nursing numbers but with the equivalent cut in service to match so that patient/nurse ratios remain the same...or better. But cuts in numbers with no reduction in service...just take a look at what happpened at MId Staffs and NEVER forget.
This sounds like good news...ish. Over the years as a nurse manager (now thankfully voluntarily redundant/retired) I used a number of tools to attempt to measure patient dependency as a adjunct to professional opinion to argue for increased nursing resources. Sometimes successfully, but the lack of a nationally accepted and 'ratified' formula always worked against me...so hopefully this might just be the breakthrough that is needed, particularly in the current climate. It's interesting to note that Nottingham have used the formula to rob Peter to pay Paul - but it's a start but I think that in the current climate it's probably unlikely to expect anything else.
Just as a post script, for those who are interested, my first nurse manager post was in mental health in 1979, the month after the Conservative government were elected. I moved into medicine/health care of the elderly in a large acute teaching trust in the late 80's but it was not until 1997 when the Blair government were elected that I ever benefitted from development monies to increase the nursing establishment. OK - I know that things were not perfect but I always felt that it was a government that genuinely did want to improve services for all.