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Is nursing a victim of society growing ruder? Read our webchat again


We discussed whether nursing is completely to blame, or society is playing its part. You can read it again here

As a society are we losing some of the manners previous generations held dear? And how is this influencing nursing?

Do the public and the media need to recognise that nurses aren’t a special breed?

Did you miss our webchat? You can read our webchat again here.

“That nurses exhibit some of these abbreviated manners is unforgiveable, yes, but it’s not a symptom that nurses are bad and uncaring – but that they are part of our modern society, and able to succumb to the pressures and distractions of the fast-paced world we inhabit.” Jenni Middleton, Editor Nursing Times


Readers' comments (2)

  • When you are a patient in the NHS, you make some basic assunptions.
    Firstly, that you will be cared for by professional nursing staff who have the knowledge and skills to effective look after you.
    Secondly, you need to believe they are working in your interest.
    However, we constantly hear of patients being left unattended, with cold food and drink, just out of reasch; wounds gathering undesirable infections; no-one to answer your emergeny call, and so on.....

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  • Of course nurses are not completely to blame, people like to blame nurses because it's easier than accepting responsibility.

    It's the society we live in, it is not just a generation thing, some older people are terribly rude and have no manners at all. Once rude, always rude.

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