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Nurse looks back at 50 years in the profession


Back in the olden days of the 80's when I was a student nurse I was not allowed to sit in the office for breaks. We gave up our chairs for staff nurses and sisters during handover. We pushed the notes trolleys and made sure the beds were at the right height for the consultants ward rounds. as far as patients went - we boiled eggs in the morning for their breakfast and laid out plates of buttered bread. we also sneaked off for fag breaks with patients (when they weren't smoking on the ward). we had 'facilitators' to help us through the first few shifts but after that we were on our own - no perceptership, no periods of supervision, no 'supernumary' status throughout our entire training. we also had fully funded post reg courses, days off for training days and plenty of staff to do our job properly.

Posted date

11 January, 2013

Posted time

11:07 am