My word, wasn\’t making nursing an all graduate profession a good idea?

Bedsores kill almost as many patients as the MRSA superbug and health chiefs warn the cost of treating sufferers uses four per cent of the entire NHS budget.

The sores – also known as pressure ulcers – cause hundreds of deaths a year, taking hold when bed-bound patients are not regularly turned over or given special mattresses by nurses.

We\’ve known how to prevent bedsores for a long time now.

Chief Executive Peter Walsh said: \”Its down poor nursing care and there should be zero tolerance of bed sores. But sadly they are accepted and it leads to a lot of misery and suffering for patients and their relatives.

\”These are highly preventable. Stopping them is not rocket science. But in many hospitals they happen too easily.\”

So, now that nurses are all professionals, dispensing drugs and doing important stuff, who is doing the nursing?

8 thoughts on “My word, wasn\’t making nursing an all graduate profession a good idea?”

  1. The best definition of nursing I’ve come across is,”doing that for the patients that the patients can no longer do for themselves” That ideal seems to have been lost in the, “professionalisation”, of nurses. They are good at staring at computer screens and staying in the staff room though.

  2. Abuse and neglect in private nursing homes – huge BBC story for days, expose programme, scandal, outrage etc.

    Abuse and neglect in the NHS – um…

  3. The NHS is the envy of the world!!

    At least we were told this many times over back in the 80s and 90s. Tends not to get mentioned much nowadays. I wonder why?

    Could it be that as we get more and more global, more UK citizens have had experience of health systems overseas, and realise we are be fobbed off with a third world level of service?

    And conversely more and more foreigners will have experienced the delights of the NHS and are prepared to deny that they would want to touch it with a barge pole?

  4. who is doing the nursing?

    If you are a senior HCA on a general ward (i.e. time served care assistant) you are, imo, equivalent to the enrolled nurse of yore – but without the pay or recognition. That’s not to say that staff nurses are slacking. Nobody sits at our nursing station reading Heat.

    I have no problem with nursing being ‘academic’ in a technical sense – it’s generally a good thing if your ITU nurse is well-versed in biochemistry. That said, I won’t defend the nurse education model in this country.

  5. My mother left school at 14 and rose to become a senior Health Visitor, following a lengthy stint in the British Army where she was promoted to Captain in the QARANC (it was always a family joke that she far outranked my father, who went into the Corps of Signals during the war as a Private and emerged in 1946…as a Private.) She is mordantly scathing of the culture of credentialism in the NHS. You do not need a degree to be a nurse. You need common sense, compassion, and an ability to cope with lengthy hours, hard work, and utter heartbreak (because patients die, often, no matter what you do.).

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