Are we given good enough training to be competent as qualified nurses? Mikey Whitehead, children’s student nurse editor, shares his views …
Competence is certainly a C worth having in my opinion, as I think all nurses should be confident and capable (there are another two to add to the C list!) in their roles as professional and leading care givers in modern day healthcare.
If we are identifying competence as being an aspect of nursing we must all practice, then we should ask, is our training good enough?
Are student nurses given enough time on the wards, in busy departments and surgeries? Are students given enough resources for them to be fully understanding of their role and competent enough to work effectively and independently by the time they reach the end of their three years of nurse training?
There was a recent twitter chat hosted by the Student Nursing Times discussing the media’s portrayal of student nurses. Many who attended the chat agreed that the media had been harsh and at times critical in the past when it came to portraying nurses in a positive light. I constantly find myself asking the same question, why is this?
Although positive stories do not sell newspapers, I recently concluded that it could be because the media and public do no think we are competent enough. Are they right? Is this justified?
After all, the public only ever hear about when things go wrong in our job, or someone somewhere has made a crucial mistake that lead to terrible ramifications. I for one feel compelled to seek out answers and try to unite with my fellow nurse colleagues in fighting for what is needed. But what is needed?
Is the answer degree training? Or to demand more staff, from an already financially squeezed NHS and government? My only hope is that Jane Cumming’s initiative of the 6Cs will be enough to turn things round for our NHS, and propell us back to the top of the list in people’s good books.
Maybe degree training is necessary. Look at doctor’s for example. They undergo seven year’s medical training and do not ever seem to be identified as being incompetent.
We all know how tough and demanding nurse training is. Is three years really enough time for students to become competent enough in their role?
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