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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.

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  1. Caring cannot be taught in an academic environment

    Caring and empathy are cultural traits, which must be deeply woven into society’s fabric.

    That thread has long since disappeared in almost all societies, along with close personal relationships and consanguineal bonding.

    Thanks to the evolution of the dehumanisation of relationships.

  2. Whether it’s the NHS or state schools, the story is the same: There is no economic incentive for the staff to excel and do the best job they possibly can, because they don’t have to EARN their wages by providing economic production to the customer; they are simply handed their salaries on a plate, funded by extortion from the productive sector.
    We must close the parasite sector down – COMPLETELY. End the NHS, end all state education. Shut it all down. This Bevin-approved, Atlee-implemented, Leeee-baah waster-sector is the biggest drain on our economy ever conceived. It’s nothing more than the robbery of capital from the productive economy by the unproductive.

  3. I propose that Nurse Education/Training is the area which requires most examination. I am happy to see that Nurse Education now takes place at degree standard but I firmly believe that the degree content should be far more biased towards the Sciences than the Social Sciences. Biomedical Sciences, the Scientific Method, basic Mathematics and Statistics, Genetics, Pharmacology, Physiological Measurement and so forth. In the same way as Doctors and Biomedical Scientists the Nurse should be required to undergo a course of in-service training conducted under the close supervion of experienced Practical Nurse Trainers before being granted a Licence to Practice. This in-servise traing, taking place as it should in the wards and departments of a hospital, is the place where professionalism, compassion and practical ability can be inculcated into the student and properly assessed before the student is sent out into the wide, wide world.

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