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  • Comment on: Grip strength ‘easy way’ of screening for long-term disease risk

    Sml60's comment 8 May, 2018 5:22 pm

    As someone who has cardiovascular disease - I hate to think what state my handshake would leave a person on the receiving end. I was ‘taught to’ offer a firm grip. Nothing worse than the flimsy ones I’ve been on the receiving end of.....let alone the clammy ones that may cause concern

  • Comment on: Exclusive: Pay proposals are ‘best possible deal’, says RCN negotiator

    Sml60's comment 21 March, 2018 10:11 pm

    Rcn negotiations on Nurses pay is like playing Hangman! Trouble is over the years they have built the gallows we now just need to hope they don’t get enough rope.

  • Comment on: NICE backs PET-CT scanning for diagnosis of pancreatic cancer

    Sml60's comment 9 February, 2018 8:20 pm

    As a grand daughter, daughter and niece of Pancreatic cancer victims it is a concern, but all died in their 70s. Will see what access to research there is. But symptoms were ignored by GPS til too late! Even my aunt , last to die , her concerns were ignored. Leaving 3 cousins/grandchildren to wonder....

  • Comment on: 'Mixed views' on education plans but NMC 'may hold the line'

    Sml60's comment 1 February, 2018 6:54 pm

    and those who took over from the GNC had the cheek to suggest the GNC was not fit for purpose. Im sure nursing and their patients were in safer hands then rather than at the hands of these architects of Nursing destruction.

  • Comment on: Surgeon’s letter to newspaper sparks row on nursing degrees

    Sml60's comment 24 January, 2018 10:21 pm

    I don’t have a degree, yet I have 38years of experience. I work with Consultants who were still in nappies as I led my first ward round. I have no trouble getting a consultant to see outside his box, to see that his way is not the only way and to listen if I have a concern. In fact the experience gained during post registration training stood me in good stead to stand on a par with them with extended knowledge. So much so I was never afraid to use my judgment in their absence and allowed to do so. As long as I acted in the patients best interest and could justify my actions. Transferring from a specialist centre to a DGH was a nightmare, staff who ‘knew their place’ frightened to challenge. Many were Degree nurses. So a degree is not the be all and end all - it is the building of experience and confidence, that is so lacking on the wards today as those experienced nurses leave the wards to take on extended roles.

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