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Comment: “Practical skills must be taught to ensure compassionate care”


Compassion cannot be taught, it is an innate quality, such as empathy and love, and not something that can be drummed into a student in the classroom like a robot. You cannot teach someone compassion who does not have feelings for another creature, be it human or animal. You can teach someone to wash a patient keeping their dignity intact, using mechanical method, as you can teach someone processes on a conveyor belt. But caring and concern for the patient comes from the heart, not just by being able to perform practical skills well. There have always been nurses who were not compassionate, rude and uncaring; and who had little sympathy for a patients condition. My gran was a qualified red cross nurse after the first world war and my mum was one of the first NHS nurses in the late 40's, and they have seen plenty. I have seen many discompassionate front line health care workers during my many years in the profession. It is not a new phenomenon. To level the ills of the health service on "modern" nurses and the denigration of young nurses in rags such as the Mail and the rest of the media is a clever diversion from what is really happening within the NHS, such as mismanagement, running down the service ready for privatisation; and underfunding with ever increasing demands and higher expectations of the general public.

Posted date

30 September, 2013

Posted time

11:25 pm


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