A new study recently published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing warns a rose-tinted view of a “golden era” of nurse training is damaging efforts to tackle problems facing the profession today.
Study author Karen Gillett, a lecturer in adult nursing at King’s College London, found nostalgic descriptions of nurse education published in national newspapers offer a “sanitised” version of the past and risk creating unhelpful divisions between new and more experienced nursing staff.
She looked at British national newspapers that featured articles on nurse education from January 1999 to July 2012 for her review.
The majority of articles – 76% – took a negative view of the increased academic level of nurse education, often complaining nurses were no longer “taught to care” and would benefit from more practical, vocational training on the wards.
Do we focus too much on how nurse education used to be?