Once upon a time, nursing was considered a caring profession. But that was then...and this is now;
Nurses in the NHS too often lack ability, compassion or even the simple desire to work in the profession, a report warns.
In some cases staff lack basic skills, have a poor grasp of maths and do not understand the values of the health service, according to the NHS Future Forum. (How about their grasp of English?)
The independent advisory panel, set up by the Government last year to examine the NHS, says there is “almost universal concern” about the “huge variations in quality” of education and training for nurses and midwives across the country.
NHS hospital managers are failing to take responsibility for the poor quality of some nurses, it says. It also accuses nurse training schools of failing to recruit the right type of student to ensure patients receive a good standard of care. The report adds to growing concerns that nurses’ training has become too academic to prepare students properly for the realities of the job and makes them less willing to carry out practical care.
There is resonance in this report. Nursing has become far too academic and the essential caring skills seem to have gone. This is obvious to anyone who has had the misfortune to have been in an NHS hospital in the past ten years or so. Nursing is about caring and that needs restored to the centre of the profession.