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


I too was a Brownie and Guide and visited hospitals to sing carols etc at Christmas. I also did so when I was in a Youth Club. I didn't need a degree either when I trained in the 60s. However, I now have several including a teaching qualification. What I did back in the 60s and 70s bears no relationship to Nursing today other than the core skills of caring and compassion. However we were supported on the wards in those days by excellent Enrolled Nurses who did a two year training. Those who showed potential went onto do a conversion course to become a Registered Nurse. Surely the very excellent Health Care Assistants who are level three can do extra training and receive a recognised qualification to become a second level nurse. Thus solving the shortage of Practical skilled nurses so sorely needed for care of the elderly.

Posted date

5 March, 2015

Posted time

1:12 pm