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'Clearing up poo will not help me learn' - student nurses reject basic care
Call me old fashioned, and one of the luck ones who trained back in the late 80's, but, BRING BACK TRADITIONAL TRAINING - more work on the wards than in a classroom. On a Ward with REAL patients, this is where you learn how to look after patients!
Is basic nursing care, the first and foremost fundamental in caring for a patient or am I dillusional?
Do we as Nurses need to
1. Keep patients clean and comfortable
2. Maintain a patients Dietary and Fluid Intake to aid recovery
3. Make beds
4. Keep patients pain free, comfortable and not make them anxious/afraid
5. Provide physical and emotional support.
6. Show a caring attitude
Do I need to keep going on even though I will probably be called an old fogey, even at the tender age of 38, but I was a traditionally trained nurse, but am now an Advanced Emergency Nurse Practitioner/ Independent Prescriber, so have been to University post traditional training in order to raise the nursing bar.
Perhaps the students with such dillusional ideas should ditch their nurse training so far and consider a new career perhaps as a doleite, as they appear to be going against the NMC's basic Code of Conduct and have no ideas of what being a nurse is all about. And these types of students are supposed to be going to look after us old fogeys - perhaps migration to another country is coming my way - Scarey, very Scarey!
6 November, 2009
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