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'This is a blow to the profession and, most of all, to patients'

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Revalidation, smoking ban and hospital delays: what you’ve been saying this week

Revalidation a ‘blow to the profession’

Revalidation is a joke (“CPD hours required for revalidation likely to fall from 40 to 35”). It takes the onus of nursing profession and practice from nurses and gives employers total control over nurses. There won’t be any whistleblowing once nurses’ employers are responsible for signing nurses as fit to practise. 

This is a blow to the profession and, most of all, to patients. But, as usual, nurses are too busy fighting each other for scraps than standing up for them.

- Anonymous, via nursingtimes.net

 

Support revalidation to ensure ‘relevance’

I would welcome 40 hours of CPD. It ensures we have the opportunity to be current and relevant in our roles. Revalidation is protecting our profession. I agree we are overworked and underpaid, but we should support a process that allows us to remain professionals.

- Anonymous, via nursingtimes.net

 

Hospital delay will ‘confuse patients’

How sad for the patients (“Hospital closure could delay major transfer of mental health services”). Mental health is the poor relation of our health services and this just proves it. 

Shutting a unit that looks after patients with mental health so quickly will serve to confuse the patients even more. While I understand the need to ensure patients’ safety, we could ask how long this establishment has been caring for these patients. One could also question whether there has been any serious incidents caused by the building itself.

- Anonymous, via nursingtimes.net

 

Calls to quit smoking fall on deaf ears

I work as a CPN and our trust is becoming “smoke free” shortly (“Largest NHS trust to become ‘smoke free’ next month”). Their policy states that staff are not to be exposed to smoke, including in service users’ homes. What a joke! 

I work with patients who have mental illness. I see them at home, but I am not exactly flavour of the month when I visit. I have worked hard to develop the best therapeutic relationship with them all, but if I asked them not to smoke in their homes they would have no hesitation in telling me exactly where to go.

I hate smoking and do my best to discourage patients from it. I offer them support to quit and highlight health benefits of quitting, but I am afraid it falls on deaf ears.

- Anonymous, via nursingtimes.net

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