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Peter Goble

Peter Goble



Retired dual-qualified nurse (RGN RMN), practitioner-teacher, worked extensively in Africa. Practised 1956-2011. Post-retirement: Buddhist Healthcare Chaplain, NHS and Private Sector. Chairman, Buddhist Hospice Trust.

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  • Comment on: Revalidation pilots reveal need for more clarity in some areas

    Peter Goble's comment 23 July, 2015 7:51 pm

    You're not being picky, Michael, trenchant is the word I'd use. And I'd say your expectations of the NMC are spot on, you are expecting too much of them, and it's expecting too much of them to have an inkling of why your're right on the button in everything you say.......

  • Comment on: RCN seeks exit from international nursing federation

    Peter Goble's comment 10 April, 2013 6:44 pm

    These institutions are outdated and smell of gravy-train and croneyism. There are other, simpler and more effective ways for nurses to share experience, knowledge and to enjoy fellowship.

    Ditch the ICN membership, and maybe its time to ditch the RCN too as unfit for purpose. What was that purpose, exactly?

  • Comment on: Christian nurse set to appeal cross case

    Peter Goble's comment 18 January, 2013 11:49 pm

    Tinkerbell, this will be my last comment then I'm off down the pub!

    I like your comments and your style. You're right in saying that it seems unfair to single out an individual, when lots of others want to advertise their singular personality by wearing jewellery, bangles, tattoos or whatever. I'm pretty sure a big chunk of public opinion isn't impressed by this low-key flaunting of individual difference, and you can be sure the media will exploit public dissatisfaction to dismantle professional nursing - for ideological reasons - and substitute something cheap and cheerful - think G4S and the potty idea of Hunt's 1,000 juvenile"care-makers".

    Cheers, what's your tipple?

  • Comment on: Christian nurse set to appeal cross case

    Peter Goble's comment 18 January, 2013 11:34 pm

    Authenticity is vital but doesn't necessarily involve giving personal information about yourself to a patient. I'm not saying there aren't occasions when this makes therapeutic sense, but such occasiions are rare and must be carefully judged.

    Because I try to use careful language doesn't mean I'm lecturing you. I've spent over fifty years as a nurse and a lot of my work has been with people with communication difficulties, which has taught me (amongst other things) to see things from the patient's perspective.

    A lot of the opinions expressed on this topic have been about what nurses think, what nurses need by way of recognition, and what nurses want. It's been said that patients don't complain, but not complaining doesn't mean that patients are entirely satisfied with what nurses do, or happy about the way they communicate.

    Isn't there a body of evidence that suggests otherwise? And shouldn't we take note of it?

    I'm very interested in a spiritual dimension to care, and for twenty years I led a hospice charity offering spiritual care to dying people. I'm currently a healthcare chaplain (Buddhist).

    Healthcare chaplains are moving towards a model of care that doesn't advertise the personal beliefs or affiliation of the care-giver (chaplaincy worker), as research evidence suggests that most patients don't want to know about it, although they may welcome a listening ear. If a patient wants to know about my beliefs, she will ask me. I don't think it's inauthentic or cold to smile and ask, "What do you want me to tell you?"

  • Comment on: Christian nurse set to appeal cross case

    Peter Goble's comment 18 January, 2013 7:51 pm

    Tinkerbell, it's not about giving offence, it's about you advertising your personal beliefs to someone who may not wish to know you personally. Why do you want to advertise your personal beliefs to every patient you encounter? Do you believe that this will make you seem more effective in their eyes, or more effective than nurses who don't need to tell their patients who they are 'personally' as distinct from professionally?

    You don't need to answer these questions, but I hope you may reflect on your answers honestly and - dare I say it - professionally and maturely.

    I'm sure you were taught early on that it is unwise to share personal information with your patients, and the reasons behind this precept. Sometimes the best answer to a personal question such as "Are you married, nurse?" or "Do you have children?" is a nice smile, and perhaps the polite rejoinder "Why do you ask?". This may help the patient to tell you what prompted their question, and that may illuminate a problem or a concern of theirs.

    If it's idle curiosity, or a "chat-up line", then you'll know how to reply.

    This is really first-year professional learning, or used to be!

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