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#WeNurses - A 'can do' approach to making every contact count


As a 'nurse' and a 'patient' I resent being constantly reminded of what I should and shouldn't do. I hope I am in the minority who feel this way, or am I, or should I be? Health promotion, in theory, will promote longer life, but in reality we are not coping with the increase in the elderly population (I am shortly to be in that category, depending on your/WHO, etc .definition - and being putting in a box). I am probably an older cynical nurse, who has seen it, done it, got the T-Shirt, and history does repeat itself, despite what we like to think. I have medical problems, I know this, take my choices and wish to do so, without being caught up in the 'process', of constant reminders. I want to live my life, without the guilt imposed on me everytime I eat, drink, have a holiday, go to work, relax, read, hear the news, and most of all visit my GP, which I avoid my 'annual review. Why, because I am just a statistic! Who cares if I end up dying suddenly (preferably), have a long term condition, require hospice care, home care or their equivalents, or go without any input because I have smoked, drank or become obese, due to my inability to get out the house, whichever is the latest trend to victimise/blame for the burden on society. We are brainwashed to promote health versus an increase in pensionable age, working longer, increased contributions, pay freezes, and whatever is thrown at us in the future. I want to celebrate my (almost) 40 years in the NHS, but seriously have my doubts. Don't judge me, for many of you, your years lie before you.

Posted date

1 September, 2012

Posted time

2:15 am