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Honesty laws and HCA regulation would make NHS safer, say nurses


Interesting to see if potential students for nursing and medicine will be asked to complete a few months work. I've seen during the last few years more and more Sixth-formers doing a few hours voluntary work around the wards, some of them children of medics, assisting to dish out food to patients. There's still a requirement to maintain confidentiality and dignity of the patients they are helping. Regulation of managers is long overdue, they should also be checked to ensure they have the right experience and qualifications, as well as a good track record of looking after their staff. Chartered healthcare management accreditation by an external body immediately springs to mind. None of this few week's slap dash training and get promoted. It takes time and investment to grow good managers, just as much as in any other job, like nursing. Nurses already coordinate care for their patients (or try to) and isn't the "key nurse" the same as the one looking after them on the ward, am I wrong? has this come + gone? There probably needs to be a cultural shift in everyone's training and support to ensure each 'key nurse' is fully updated and informed when there are any interventions and changes to each of her/his patients by any member of the MDT. Or is it doctors who coordinate patients care?, but are around fleetingly for each patient. If so, I'd like them to be around much more. They are generally excellent, knowledgeable and skillfull at assessing, diagnosing and prescribing what the patients need.

Posted date

20 February, 2013

Posted time

3:44 am