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'Clearing up poo will not help me learn' - student nurses reject basic care


'Paul - call me old fashioned' Oh dear, I've been hearing that old war-cry about bringing back traditional training since I was a student back in the early 90s. Give us a break. I trained as a degree student and went on to be a good, caring, motivated nurse, as did many of my fellow students. During my experience as a ward nurse I have fouind most of the problems to lie with lack of proper staffing, inappropriate skill mix - not poor training! Obviously there will always be a few who should not be following nursing as a career, but many of those will 'weeded out' during training. In fact, my family were caused great distress a couple of years ago when my mother received sub-standard care and bullying from one 'traditionally trained' nurse. A complaint ensued and the problem was addressed. I will continue to be proud of the excellent university nurse education I received. We had to fight harder to prove our worth because of prejudiced opinions and comments we had to deal with from some of our traditionally trained mentors. Everyone of us has something to offer nursing, regardless of where/how we were trained, and nobody should be think that they are superior because they earned their wings the good old-fashioned way.

Posted date

6 November, 2009

Posted time

7:26 am