Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Need your Help: Daily Mail
They are really outdoing themselves this time.
I can't post on their site but if any of you can go here and post some comments I would be greatly obliged. If it isn't too late that is. This post has been delayed as I have been trying to research some stats.
Most of the comments are just funny. Many of them are from embittered older nurses who don't have a clue about what is going on these days. As a matter of fact, most of them still seem to think that project 2000 is still in existence. It hasn't been used to train nurses in about 15 years.
The Nurses who did train under project 2000 are less than a fraction of a percent of the workforce.
Nurses tend to be older. The vast majority of Nurses working in the NHS RIGHT THIS MINUTE trained under the old system.
Latest quotes I am getting are saying that less than 3% of Nurses in the NHS right NOW did NOT train under the old system. That means that 97% of them did train under the old system. But lets be conservative. Let's say only 70 percent of current Nurses trained under the old system. That still means that currently only 30% of our Nurses trained under the new system. But I am still researching this so do not quote this as gospel. It doesn't matter anyway, as the vast majority of staff on the wards are not nurses and didn't train under any kind of system.
So what is the deal with blaming poor standards of basic care educated nurses who critically think? Nurses like that are a rarity in the NHS. They are so rare, in fact, and so outnumbered by old fashioned trained Nurses that they cannot be the ones to blame for the current situation. I don't blame the old fashioned Nurses either. The vast majority of my RN colleagues are old fashioned trained. They have been doing their jobs for decades, stayed current with their knowledge and know their stuff.
If the Daily Mail and the public really cared about in hospital care they would:
A. Promote safe RN to patient ratios
B. push hospitals to invest money in the front lines of care
C. Invest in 24 hour in hospital services.
The problem is the way that these wards are run and the lack of support for Nurses. I will do some comparisons of my time working as a Nurse in North America and as an NHS Nurse in order to demonstrate what I mean. Next post.