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New recruits lack basic skills says trust nursing director


Nurses are supposed to be intelligent people, so why is there is never-ending debate going on? I don't like the current method of nurse training, notr the constant argument about it being a degree-only profession. There are more than enough opportunities for nurses to attain the level they wish to; indeed, for some, I believe the higher academic qualification they can achieve is their main goal rather than caring. I read in one thread of a nurse that left the profession after 18 months then returned and has since done her MSC and is looking forward to doing a PhD - to what end except personal achievement? Being a PhD does not make you a better nurse; indeed it is more likely such 'nurses' will progress into teaching and academia rather than caring. As for care plans; are they often just needlessly complicated? And why are there so many? there are admission care plans, 3 day, 5 day, 7 day etc.... what purpose do they serve? Surely a care plan, irregardless of admission length, must concentrate on the same things and specialised in those areas relevant to the individual patients' condition. I recall having to write essay style answers in my finals; in these we had to show, not just the specific care and therapy required for the condition, but also the basic nursing, environment, personal hygiene, spiritual needs, etc... Nurses DON'T need a degree but can achieve the highest level they wish once qualified, so WHY is it so important when our profession has lost its' standing, not through the level of entry education, but on the way in which nurses provide care at the most basic levels to stipulate this entry level? My one wish is that students were given a decent wage, money being freed by reducing the number of managers. Pay a person a decent living wage and they will be more inspired to give their all rather than relying on the kudos( now lost I fear) of being privileged to become a nurse being used as the carrot on the end of the stick. Qualified nurses need to be more tolerant and supportive; students need to be willing to get stuck in and do the practical work and stop 'observing' on the side lines - which must be boring and quite frustrating for them. You cannot say there are not enough staff when you have students standing about observing!

Posted date

2 December, 2009

Posted time

11:23 am