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Call for mental health nurses to recognise patients' poor physical health


Training in physical assessment is part of nurse training esp. during the first year. As a RMN and as part of the admission process in my Trust, physical health assessment is mandatory and this includes nutrition and physical assessment on each new admission. A referal is made to other professionals if deemed necessary, ie dietician, tissue viability nurse, etc. I therefore do not understand the "palava" of RMNs not been able to do physical assessments adequately. Moreover, it is now a requirement in my Trust to undertake an update training in Physical Examination assessment which is gradually being introduced in all units starting with acute in-patient wards. Pls. do not condemn RMNs. We do excellent jobs, putting in extra hours without pay and I'm glad I trained in that speciality. I sometimes wonder how an adult nurse will cope if after nursng a SU for 6 months, you suddently hear he/she has commited suicide. Pls. let us all appreciate each other - we all provide an excellent service irrespective of our fields.

Posted date

23 March, 2011

Posted time

7:06 pm