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Conservatives: HCAs part of nursing 'profession'


i agree with the above comment as i think people get so caught up in the current political climate and all the implications it brings on workload, accountability and status that they forget how absolutely invaluable HCAs are. They provide hands on care, interact with patients and families and should work alongside nurses and doctors to be valued members of the team. However i do not think there should be a move towards over reliance of HCAs at the cost of registered nurses. On my ward a move has been made towards making the ratio of trained to untrained staff 60:40. Im sure to the people that balance the books and hold the purse strings thats a great bargain, BUT there are many things an HCA cant do and on a High dependany ward such as mine where the day is dominated by giving IVS, chemotherapy, supportive care and endless drugs it is very difficult to a) supervise an HCAs practice, b)fulfil all the patients basic care needs and c) be able to work without delegating most of the routine hands on patient care to HCAs, who are often over burdened themselves. We are in fact IV and Chemotherapy technicians. somedays i rarely see some of my patients and on the days where we dont have an HCA on duty (there are only 2 for the whole ward) we struggle enormously. This is not what i signed up to Nursing for!!!

Posted date

14 February, 2010

Posted time

8:45 pm