As a retired SRN,SCM of over 30yrs experience. I am appalled by the lack of proper nurse training/practise in both nursing & midwifery. I have talked to patients, collected articles, written to the PM & Deputy & to Dept. of Health. Now the Head of the RCN says the same. It's time to do something. I don't want to die in hospital of abuse & neglect - do you?
MRS N M LEWIS - MIDDLEHAM, UK
As an SRN, SCM of 30yrs experience & having studied the present appalling standards in patient care, I heartily agree with Dr Peret Carter. Solution:- bring back the Enrolled Nurse or similar training & qualification. Let these Degree people (don't call them nurses) swan around in a suit with clip-board wasting NHS money.
MRS N M LEWIS - middleham, UK
With all due respect Mrs Lewis, nursing has moved on massively - even in the past ten years. Patients have never been safer, or as well cared for in a high technology environment. Nurses today have so much more say in the way services are developed and maintained. Nursing today is very much about reducing harm and actually improving patient outcomes. The very same group of patients that you cared for would probably have not survived as the technology was available..You make generalised statements about nurses who advance the profession with higher education qualifications. I have met some outstanding degree nurses - equally I have met some dreadful SRN's. Having the ability and commitment to study at degree level doesn't suddnely make them care any more or less than an outmoded SRN? I would suggest you put down the Daily Mail and visit a hospital to see the fantastic outcome of most patients stay!!!!
Scott - UK
I am sick of being on the recieving end of care assistants treating me like a pin cushion as they are trained in about 6 weeks, shouldnt be allowed.
lucy - newcastle
As a retired SRN I agree with the comment made by Dr Carter re Nurses spending too much time on theory,Nursing should not be an acedmic course and the sooner we go back to the excellent ward trainig the better.I would like to remind critics who talk about all the advanced technoledgy of today that we had no intensive care wards in our day but with excellent care our patients survived major surgery.The sooner we get back to the old system the sooner nurses will learn how to care for there patients.
Mrs Nora Hunt - Kendal Uk Retired Sister
How dare you insult me and my new nursing friends Mrs Lewis. I am a newly qualified nurse and I was a mature student, after raising my four children I went into nursing and worked my butt off to get where I am now and I am very proud of achieving my Degree. I will tell you now I care for my patients from the time I step on the ward until the time I leave and that is never on time, because we all know nursing is not a clock on and off job. Your insult is disgraceful and I dont care how long you were a nurse for and how much experience you have had, at the end of the day, it's in the care you provided during your working days. My patients and their families have always commented on my nursing and were happy to see me take care of their loved ones. Sott I agree with you entirely.
A Worth - Wales