Comment on: 'CNO has work cut out in restoring respect'
I am in admiration and have great respect for the vision, pride and improved satisfaction as well as outcomes of patients Jane Cummings has in her new stratergy, It is however nurses who need to speak up and show the pride they have in their unique role in caring for the sick. How many people can say they resuscitated a patient transported to the Emergency Department who was in their last few seconds of life on earth, or assist a family in coping with the loss of a loved one when all else fails , I have been a nurse for 36 years I am still active in nursing and today work over 60 hours a week caring for the sick and injured , I remain proud of my profession, and I work with a group of Doctors and allied health care workers who value my opinion, and input. I am one of those administrators who also works on the wards and units and I listen and understand the conditions we allhave to put up with, and support my nurses. I believe the 5c's are what we should all be working and striding towards. More than once during my career I have been unpopular when I stated staffing was substandard, and stood firm for patients rights, was I popular NO, did I have the courage to do what was right YES, NURSING in the UK need a voice, people and nurses also need the voice of courage to stand up for their profession, and their patients
I am proud to say I am a nurse, I am proud to say today I made a diference in peoples lives of all ages
After all one day we will all be patients and looking to a nurse to be our voice in our vunerability