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Comment: 'Bridging the age gap could help to solve the staffing crisis'


Hello, I would suggest that like me you trained without needing to be able to qualify for university. There are many younger people caring for the elderly. They are excellent HCA's or struggling to do the onerous job of being an agency carer in the community. In my experience of having trained in the '80's and now working in a community hospital now, there is very little about nursing that is evaluated by gaining a degree. It is still a vocation, and so many aspiring people cannot attain to 3000 and 10,000 word essays. To have a good knowledge of the physiology, to have empathy, people skills, stamina, excellent observational skills. Think quickly in stressful situations. Manage unsocial hours on limited pay and be cheerful and encouraging, is not judged by a degree. I needed five GCSE equivalents and to be an SEN I would have needed two. I have not in my nursing career yet seen in this country any need to have changed that. It is an outsiders perception that to 'up value' nursing, a university education is necessary. However, in my experience of Spanish and Portugese Nurses, they have degree's of four years, and yet their practical skills and preparation for the real job of nursing, is second to none. Maybe look to see how it is done there. Please can we stop excluding the wealth of would be dedicated people who do not fit into the 'administrative' academic section of nursing candidates.

Posted date

3 March, 2015

Posted time

3:23 pm