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NHS trusts report staff shortages worst in specialist roles


It is hardly surprising when year on year newly qualified UK trained nurses have been turned away because they don't have 'experience'. They move onto other jobs, lost to nursing forever. Thousands of 'experienced' foreign nurses have been employed regardless of whether their documents are even genuine. The NMC have said that only 8 of their 668 staff deal with verifying ID and qualification of overseas nurses. Hence many have been rubberstamped through. (Chau of Stepping Hill is one case) These qualifications, certificates, references even with graduation photographs can be bought on the streets of many eastern cities for £35 or online for slightly more. These fakes are of the highest quality. If essays are required they are £5 - £10 with a guarantee to pass. The degree only nurse training has also taken its toll on nursing numbers Prior to PK2000 there was a 3 year SRN/RGN with an entry standard of 5 A - C GCSE or entry test or 2 year (bedside) SEN training with entry test. Exams in 2nd year were 3 hour anatomy & physiology and 3 hour basic nursing skills (Prelims) where you were expected to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of A & P in the answer. Nurses don't need A&P now. The training was rigorous, on the wards combined with nursing schools attached to hospitals. In 3 years of training a total of 9 months of 8 -5 in the classroom with a weekly exam. The lecturers were not classroom nurses but medical consultants and specialists. The all dancing/singing degree qualification has robbed the profession of many excellent nurses whose greatest asset was the possession of 'common sense' but they couldn't write a 2000 word essay. They didn't do something because the book said so but because it was the right thing to do. The SEN course didn't include any ward management. Many moved on to become RGN. One case I know was a domestic who became the night superintendent of the same hospital as RGN MA Perhaps a modified/extended entry qualification with a 2 or a 3 year training course is the way forward, combining the university training with ward training. This would give good practical nurses with a low dropout rate as students would be exposed to the wards from the start. Nurses would not enter the wards as frightened qualified nurses but as confident professionals with a thorough all round training.

Posted date

12 September, 2015

Posted time

6:20 am