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New recruits lack basic skills says trust nursing director


Hello may i say as a retired nurse who was trained in 1972. i know thirty years ago, the points i want to make are . 1)students are no longer trained to be nurses they are educated, this is a very different kettle of fish. this has come about since they have been sent to university for their education, I myself think this was a covert way of passing the financial aspect of nurse training away from the NHS. Cost cutting as a person who goes to university is not usually paid. because the nurses who go for education are actually working a bursary was applied to them we had our training on the wards and in the school of nursing attached to the hospital. 2) trainee nurses spent more time on the wards, 3) they were a member of the team from day one.and they had the ability to learn basic skills from that day. 4) I can not remember the word accountability used very much in those days. all nurses and trainee nurses were accountable for their own actions. 5) all nurses were paid a living wage. 6) Basic care was was taught by observation and practice ,usually by staff on the ward who were only too happy to have them there. lets go back to nurse training ,I think the problem may have arisen because the university nurses are sent on the wards to observe,they are supposed to be supernumerary,This in itself causes problems, because the ward staff resent them, another problem is that computers are taking the nurses away from the wards /a word about care plans. the method of care planning is very good , Twelve activities of living Roper ,Logan & Tierney. Here all the necessary wants and needs are taken care of, this planning is time consuming and this also takes away the time for the nurses to be at the bedside. one problem i think is that the university nurses are so busy doing assignments,that they do not have the time on duty to learn basic care.

Posted date

2 December, 2009

Posted time

10:02 am