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NMC under fire for lack of support on swine flu surge


i agree with the above post. as a learning disability nurse i have a wide knowledge and skill base in being able to support individuals in increasing independence and enabling self advocacy; managing exceptionally challenging behaviour and facilitating all aspects of health promotion with people with complex communication issues. my skill base is not caring for sick people - yes i can recognise the symptoms of infection and respond appropriately. however, I haven't administered medication for a long time and then it was from blister packs, the last time i gave an injection i was a student at around the same time i recorded BP,temp and respirations. i have never been trained to insert venous canulae or set up a drip. over the last months, i have worked a large number of shifts on the Anti viral Dispensing Clinics (following a half day training session) and enjoyed the experience as it is so different from my usual role. but to be competent in an acute medical setting i too would need some refresher training (and indeed some first time training) in the clinical skills required. Since the end of project 2000 training there will be a high number of nurses (namely any branch not adult/child trained) who have never set foot in a hospital based placement and need full support in learning how inpatient medical services function. So no not every nurse can do it!

Posted date

7 October, 2009

Posted time

12:03 pm