No David, the wards are fucked up hell holes, the students do not really function in a supernumery manner, and returning nurse training to hospital schools of nursing won't change a goddamn thing.
We need a lot more highly skilled and experienced RN's on the wards. Not more novices. Novices are all we have. Give us more trained nurses on the wards and the students may actually learn something, rather than running around like a headless chicken answering callbells and taking shortcuts so that she can deal with 20 patients per second.
Look at the lack of trained staff on the wards. Look at nurse ratio statistics. Look at nurse education statistics. Look at what the hospital managers have done to deskill the nursing workforce by bringing in too many untrained carers while skimping on trained staff. What they have done isn't cost effective because of the high costs of patient complications that result from lack of RN's. What they have done just hurts patients and ruins nurses.
Let's all write to him and set him straight.
No way is a bedside RN who didn't train at university at least on some level ever coming near me or my sick relative.
The degree students do work on the ward and they jump straight in and get their hands dirty. Supernumery my ass, no way are they actually supernumery. The ward environments are so completely fucked up that you couldn't teach Kerry Katona to snort cocaine properly on them. It wouldn't matter if she was doing a degree course on it or the "good old"
But I guess he can't be any worse than Gordon Brown. What do you guys think?