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Future Forum nurse "shocked" by inconsistencies in training


I have a non nursing degree and a degrees worth of nursing modules in subjects directly related to primary care nursing. I have chosen to do them on my own initiative and only 2 have ever been funded for me. I have an M level module as well, but unfortunately there are too many managers and GPs who have little understanding of nursing ability and go off lower level generic qualifications fo nurses to even apply for some jobs. Nursing itself is a vastly varied career and sometimes a "one fits all" approach does not work. Time and time again I have wanted to do one course or another, only to find the institution behind it wants me to redo the othermodules in the collection because the outcomes are slightly different. It doesn't surprise me that a Chief Exec of nursing education has tunnel vision on supporting what the institutions provide because they want to dictate what nurses need and what they need to pay for that education. In a profession that is deemed to have lot of ageing but very able and experienced "advanced" nurses that have adapted and not sat back on their haunches (I know many have), I don't see how those nurses can now be forced to jump through hoops to get a piece of paper to show they can do what they are already doing. The GPs who employ me don't care a hoot if I do no professional development, so for years I have paid to do my own, but yet again "the system" gives me no support in moving on as they always refer me back to my employer for permission to do anything. I think the employers and managers need more training in many instances!!

Posted date

29 August, 2011

Posted time

5:01 pm