Comment on: NHS workers living standards under threat
I for one can say that my living standards are not what they used to be. I have cut back and back and back. I am a one parent family, mid point band 6, so I am not entitled to any working tax benefits. Everything is going up except my salary.
RCN you really have got to fight for us. Once interests rates go up there will be a lot of us nurses losing our homes because we just cannot stretch our finances any further. Other public sector workers appear to have such a better deal than us, again this shows to me how our profession lacks the respect it deserves.
O Mike im beginning to love you, lol. RCN he has a point. Is it right that a nurse shouts at a patient down the corridor? but then why is she shouting? maybe it is because the ward is so short staffed she has no option and needs to protect a patient to prevent harm, not because they are uncaring and cant be bothered, so yes, lets sort out the reasons for poor patient care before looking to blame and shame individual nurses.
Wow Mike, in a nut shell, well said. We are all fed up with the way we are being treated. Trusts could do better. They treat their staff appallingly as I have seen recently in my organisation. Staff are worried, they are tired and stressed, no wonder sick leave is up and mistakes are being made.
It is time that our profession gets the respect it deserves. When I hear what other public sector workers get it makes me sick.
Well I wont be anonymous. It is not about being righteous. The survey has highlighted an area where further education is needed - not such a bad thing. The law can be very complex and confusing, therefore I can understand why some nurses are scared of giving pain relief to dying patients. Yes there are guidelines in place for prescribing Dr's and for nurses.
Rule of thumb is the 'reasonable man test' If in doubt, stop and think, patient is dying, is in pain, would a reasonable person (A) give pain relief to enable the patient to be painfree, thus ensuring dignity and respect and preventing any relatives present from becoming distressed OR (B) would a reasonable person withhold pain relief thus witness the patient agitated and in pain, cause extreme distress to any relatives present?? Evidence would show that a resonable person would go for option A and in a court of law the reasonable man test would be applied, hence always make sure documentation is completed, signed dated and timed.
This survey has highlighted the importance of knowledge - knowledge of pain medication, doses, how it works, contraindication, adverse affects. There are times nurses do have to question Dr's prescriptions - if in doubt, check, BNF should always be available.
I have found myself in the situation of providing relatives with information about medication being given and any potential side effects. To date all I have received is thanks, thanks for not letting their relative suffer unnecessary pain.
Comment on: Christian nurse takes crucifix row to tribunal
It is hardly unlikely she will win at a tribunal. If her employers have a good legal team they will site Eweida v British Airways Plc in which her appeal was dismissed. She was a devout Christian, it was found she had not suffered indirect religious discrimination by a uniform policy operated by her employer which prohibitied her from wearing a cross over her uniform.
 EWCA Civ 80