The NMC code states we should "Work with others to protect and promote the health and well-being of those in your care, their families and carers, and the wider community." For many Nurses this is interpreted as narrowly as possibly. I argue that we should embrace this concept fully. Expanding our work beyond the confines of daily practice and challenge an unequal society that contributes to poor health and health outcomes.
Recently Professor Steve Field and Andrew Lansley have called on individuals to improve their general health and that of their families. This was jumped on by some nurse to bash those who make poorly informed life-style choices.
It is time for all nurse to be realistic about modern British society. This unequal society is the root of unequal health outcomes.
Comment on: Parents neglecting child health, warns top GP
We can expect more of these ignorant nonsense over the coming years. Blaming individuals, for their inability to raise children, that don't have the necessary skills to lead better lives than their parents.
To quote the NT "People in the most deprived areas are much more likely to die younger than those in the richest, and things are no better than during the economic depression of the 1930s, the found." This reflection was on the impact on health inequalities in modern Britain.
Living in Britains poorest areas means you are twice as likely to die before 65 than those from the richest areas. Maybe the blame needs to be focused elsewhere.
Comment on: Control of nurses’ pay handed to employers
Nurse will have to stick together what ever Union they belong to.
Prepare to fight to defend pay and conditions. If they manage to sack thousands of nurses then the natural impact will be to depress wages.
Comment on: Nurses - stop slacking and get back to work
Lighten up. A few laughs might reduce stress levels and sickness rates.
We all know the reality of working at the front-line of the NHS. It is hard graft with little if any praise. Still occasionally we should smile at little at our own misfortunes.
Comment on: Pledge to restore public trust in nursing
Will I be expected to make this pledge daily before I start my shift?
Really, is this going to make any difference to the overall quality care that patients receive?
What will make a real difference, is giving ward staff the power and resources to make quality care a reality. We understand what is required, instead we are spoon-fed platitudes by politicians and scolded by management who deny the resources that are necessary.