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CQC criticises trust for ward ratio of one nurse to 22 patients


the fact that people, nurses or layman, manager or bedside nurse cannot seem to understand is that we have a gross shortage of nurses! Simples! The question we have to ask is WHY do we have a shortage of nurses and no offence to the HCAs but I mean Registered Nurses with appropriate experience. Is it the training? is it the funding? Is it the financial state of the NHS as a whole? Is it due to top managers not understanding what a nurse does and therefore does nothing active about balancing the books! All of these questions need addressing. Recently I was at a conference where Professor Lucy Pratt said she couldn't understand why so many nurses left the profession! Open your eyes Lucy! and your ears! Another thought nurses, perhaps there are too many Lucy Pratts sitting in there ivory towers not actually doing anything effective for either patients or nurses. Perhaps it's time all of the higher archy started to earn their salaries and stop creating more layers and tiers to hide their own inadequacies and failures. It shouldn't be about closing wards/beds and making the patient treatment available fit the number of nurses available. We should have nurses trained with transferable skills that can take them from one department to another as needs require instead of as so many nurses today are from the outset, stuck in their speciality.

Posted date

4 November, 2014

Posted time

7:29 pm