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Poor working conditions drives huge increase in number of nurses leaving NMC register


I have just finished a return to nursing course in Northern Ireland. Now just turned 50, I originally trained as a nurse but ended up going into business with my partner and leaving nursing behind. After 15 successful years, getting married, having three children, our business suddenly declined and I quickly decided to do a return to nursing course to go back into nursing. I was so surprised at how quickly the nursing came back to me and how much I enjoyed it, apart from the attitude of the nurses towards me. It was as if they were suspicious of me. The junior staff were fantastically helpful, and friendly but some of the most senior staff nurses deliberately tried to make things difficult for me, and as for having a mentor.....well, she could not have been more unhelpful. She made it clear from the word go that she didn't want me anywhere near her. I was appalled by the whole experience, and the lack of teamwork and support for fellow nurses was sadly too obvious to me. It seemed to be "every nurse for themselves." I was enthusiastic, I loved the work, and was determined to finish the course. I worked 250 hours with no pay, received no feedback from my mentor and felt totally excluded from the team. I am now wondering if I should bother re-registering at all. I just wonder why would I want to work for 20,000 pounds a year in a place like that. Feeling undervalued, trying to slot into that shitty hierarchical nursing structure on the ward. The doctors respect and support each other so much more, never would they be heard saying a bad word about each other. The nurses on the other hand.........! Nurses simply need to be paid a lot more for so many reasons, if not only because they deserve it! How the government have managed to get away with paying such shocking wages to nurses is truly beyond me!!!

Posted date

3 July, 2017

Posted time

8:37 pm