I agree with the previous comments. The rise in infection can be avoided by using soap and water! What a novel idea!
It is interesting that much of this discussion relates to nurses notes and sharing information with other health professionals. I think this completely misses the point. One of the most important issues with community nursing is the promotion of self care and there is a lot of evidence out there that suggests that using IT can do much to ensure that our patients are 'full partners in their care'. Use of telehealth can offer much to patients in the community and nurses who ignore this will fail to support patients to improve their quality of life and most likely increase the chances of hospital re-admission.
Comment on: Debate grows over who should be called a 'nurse'
I agree with the previous author. This is bureaucracy at its very worst. I have long been an advocate for the term nurse being as broad as possible. Within hospitals people are now confused with HCA's and other titles. My father is in hospital just now and he is confused by the many titles. Infact he asked me what a certain person was and I clarified it by saying - just like a nursing auxilliary (which was meaningful to him). Nursing means to tend or care for someone. Nurses who are qualified should not have sole ownership of that meaning. In the past we had RGN's EN's and Auxilliaries. I didn't think there was any confusion over the roles each played. They knew what they could and couldn't do, but the patients just knew that they were all there to care for them in the best way possible. I don't think a title means better caring skills. We should be concentrating on raising care practice standards and building confidence back into our nursing services - not quibbling over a name.
Dr Phoebus Koutras response echos the comments of both of the other writers here, that some have health insurance and some do not. What he fails to recognise is the inequality that exists in the USA. That is the point Dr Koutras - not that people CHOOSE not to pay insurance but that many people do not have the resources to pay for health care. The NHS may have its faults - but at the end of the day everyone in the UK has access to equal care within the service. It is not dependent on either choice or ability to pay.