Degrees for nurses didn’t work out all that well then?

Patients were forced to wait two months to have their hair washed because nurses said it was not their job to help the sick bathe or shower, a damning report says.

The report said: “We spoke with a patient on ward 18 who told us they had repeatedly asked staff for a bath or shower and had been told it wasn’t their job to provide this.

Patients in the hospital’s acute medical unit told how they were left “very embarrassed” after being ordered to use pads for incontinence, and sleep in soiled ones, because staff were too busy to help them use a commode.

We might make a useful linguistic distinction here.

There is “treating” patients which might mean diagnosing them, curing them, providing simply palliative care and so on. Then there is nursing, the taking care of the human being while all of this is done. Training the people who used to do the latter to do the former might have some sense to it. But only if there’s still someone around to do that latter.

Making nurses all professional with degrees and prescribing powers is just fine. But there’s still got to be someone doing the nursing these are now too professional to do.

A spokesman for Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, said: “The report does note that we have made progress since the last CQC inspection in February 2014, and we are pleased that our staff received a rating of ‘Good’ for providing a caring, kind, and compassionate service.”

Caring, yes, lovely word, isn’t it?

10 thoughts on “Degrees for nurses didn’t work out all that well then?”

  1. Of course this is where your cheap, not very qualified, but still brought-up-to-respect-their-elders foreign staff come in.

    But don’t tell anyone I said so: because half of them will hyperventilate about immigration and the other half about racist stereotyping. Which are both far more important than people rotting in their own shit.

  2. Bloke in Germany in Belgium

    Nursing has moved on from the carry on days. The fault is with hospitals not hiring enough auxiliaries. And they still aren’t going to hire people to do the vaunted brow mopping and hand holding. That’s the family’s job.

  3. “Making nurses all professional with degrees and prescribing powers is just fine”

    No it fucking isn’t. They are a half-trained shower of pseudo-doctors created because socialist “health care” is shite and they can’t afford enough real doctors.

  4. Of course this is where your cheap, not very qualified, but still brought-up-to-respect-their-elders foreign staff come in.

    Like the sultry Nigerians who give about as much of a shit employed in the NHS as they do back home?

    Granted, I’ve heard the Filipinas are much better.

  5. Father in law used to wait hours after pressing the call bell. Nurses routinely ignored such things. Patients soiling the bed? Again ignored by nurses.

    Fair play to the couple of auxilieries on duty, they mucked in and got stuff done. Just a couple of them and a half dozen qualified nurses who were not going to get their hands dirty.
    And it does take a little time to change a bed and clean someone up, going on to the next one in the room then moving on for a few hours.

  6. They might not have time to give you a wash but they had plenty of time to form a choir and gain enough support from virtue-signalers to propel their single to 2015 Christmas #1 slot though.

  7. “…being ordered to use pads for incontinence, and sleep in soiled ones, because staff were too busy to help them use a commode.”

    Imagine the outcry from the usual suspects in the ‘Indy’ and ‘Guardian’ if this was prisoners instead.

    But they aren’t, so there’ll be not a peep.

    Christ, but I loathe the left.

  8. CQC: a neighbour has recently had to put his wife of 50+ years into a home, as he was no longer able to manage her dementia himself. After a couple of (quickly terminated) false starts, he’s found a really good one: the staff are friendly and caring and the patients are happy.

    But their CQC rating is ‘requires improvement’, because the only thing the CQC assessors are interested in is paper trails. Has every pill dispensed been signed for and counter-signed appropriately? – have a gold star, even if the inmates are having to drink from flower vases. Utter, utter waste of time, money and oxygen.

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