In recent years, nursing has become a graduate profession, prompting fears that caring has suffered.
Perhaps the mistake was in making it a graduate profession?
Ministers believe that a return to basic nursing is crucial following the Mid Staffordshire scandal and criticism that some graduate nurses are “too posh to wash”.
In future, trainees will have to pass a year as a health care assistant, looking after patients’ basic needs, rather than medical treatment.
Adding an extra year to the whole shebang probably isn\’t quite the way to do it.
Why not pull a year out of the \”graduate\” bit and make the first year entirely work on the wards? Having actually seen, through my stepdaughter, some of the stuff that the graduate part entails, no one will be missing much and they\’ll be gaining much.
Or, of course, just drop the graduate bit altogether.