Thursday, 13 January 2011

Wow Peter.....


I think Dr. Peter Carter has actually possibly grown a pair.  I think I am turned on.  Well, not really. 

I wanted to inform you of a very important development relating to the proposals to freeze the incremental pay for all NHS staff in England in exchange for a "no compulsory redundancy" guarantee for some staff.




Today, the RCN rejected the proposals, calling them "illogical" and said they were an "attack upon hard-working nurses". This decision is due to be ratified by Council next week.



The RCN took this decision after hearing the strength of feeling from members who have contacted us by email, via our Facebook page and by post and phone.



Over the past few weeks you've told us how angry you are, you've told us what impact the proposals would have on you and you've said that you want to see the proposals rejected. We listened.



Today, I'm asking you to tell decision makers why your increment matters to you. You can tell us what you think by uploading your thoughts to the new Frontline First video wall.



http://www.rcn.org.uk/frontlinefirstvideowall



Asking you to give up your increments when in return only some would have a guarantee of no compulsory redundancy is, frankly, just not on.



We are also highly sceptical that the Employers would be able to deliver on job security. After all, the RCN's Frontline First campaign has already identified 27,000 jobs earmarked to be cut in the NHS.



Tell decision-makers why your increments are so important and why this proposal was so unacceptable, both to you and the future of patient care. Record your short film today on a mobile phone or webcam.



http://www.rcn.org.uk/frontlinefirstvideowall



The proposals also coincide with the increase in VAT and continuing anger over bankers' bonuses. Nurses and healthcare assistants did not argue against the two-year pay freeze announced last year as you accepted the argument that 'we're all in it together'. However, we fail to see how this is true when bankers are walking away with bonuses (when you bailed them out) and nursing staff are being asked to take yet another pay cut.



Enough is enough.



Yours sincerely,



Dr Peter Carter

Chief Executive & General Secretary



The RCN will be correct if they reject the proposals.  We are already working for free much of the time........ in horrid conditions that a private sector employee could never imagine.   I am counting the minutes until I return to the private sector myself.  Jobs have been going for years unofficially(via natural wastage i.e not replacing retiring, immigrating, sectioned under the mental health act staff nurses). 
 
Not matter how much cash they save it will NEVER EVER HIT THE FRONTLINES. The NHS could have a windfall of 100 trillion pounds.  Not one penny would trickle down to the frontlines. Not one.  Even if they did save a ton of cash via pay cuts and redundancies we all know that our patients will never see any benefit from that, and neither will we.  We will not only be impoverished but we will be the scapegoat for all the patient complaints.  We can't function as it is.....
 
Government is untrustworthy.  And we should all be giving the finger to them.  They take a lot of money off of us, have always artificially suppressed our wages and do not deliver what they promise for our patients.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

BMA said exactly the same thing.

http://www.bma.org.uk/employmentandcontracts/pay/payfreezebmaresponse.jsp

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Anonymous said...

All I can say is I am so glad to be leaving the NHS. I have not even been qualified a year and am already at my wits end! Don't get me wrong, I love bedside nursing but I am tired of the horrendous working conditions and complete lack of BASIC resources.

Today I looked after a lady who after vomiting bright red blood (upper GI bleed) required a bp reading. We have no small bp cuff to accommodate her matchstick arms and the manual sphyg has gone walkabouts. This kind of crap is becoming commonplace and sooner or later someone is going to get seriously hurt.

I start as a Dialysis Nurse soon with a private firm and am counting the days!

Nurse Anne said...

Anonymous I also spend 3/4 of my shift looking for things. I had a patient that needed a high flow 02 mask. He was so poorly we fast paged the reg and got the crash trolley out. I felt that he was going to go. He was deteriorating before my eyes.

I could not locate a mask. They usually keep them in the treatment room but when I went to look for it there was none.

We have three storage areas all far away from one another on the ward. I ran to the first one in bay one and no 02 masks were in there. The patients in that bay shouted nurse when they saw me enter the bay but I just had to shout sorry can't stop.

Then I moved onto the next closet in another bay. None there. But the patients in that bay all shouted "Nurse I need you" as soon as they saw me. At this point I didn't even know if the patient I left was still breathing and I needed to grab the o2 mask and get back to him.

I found luck in the third storage area. There was one mask left.

The housekeeper has changed the location of everything. Equipment that we would need at all the same time such as green needles, saline bullets and syringes are all far away from eachother. 02 masks and valves are on opposite sides of the ward. I had no bags of dextrose and people on timentin. No nothing. Whenever I leave the ward to cruise around the hospital looking for things I meet other staff nurses from other wards on thr scrounge. I had to give all my IV losec to AAU has they had an emergency and had none. Then I prayed that we wouldn't need any.

Housekeeper also hid the portable 02 sats device (the only one we have on the ward) because she is so sick of "nurses leaving it at a patients bedside". It has to be left at the bedside we have no other way to continously monitor their sats!!! But she hid the damn thing on friday and wasn't back until monday.

I am sick of thicko housekeepers and domestics who think that we are an inconvienece to them.

Have fun in the private sector. They think they are all hard done to over there. But believe me. I have worked in the private sector. It is a treat. Other NHS nurses I know who have worked in the private sector before working in the NHS agree. It is fun.

Nurse Anne said...

Anonymous I also spend 3/4 of my shift looking for things. I had a patient that needed a high flow 02 mask. He was so poorly we fast paged the reg and got the crash trolley out. I felt that he was going to go. He was deteriorating before my eyes.

I could not locate a mask. They usually keep them in the treatment room but when I went to look for it there was none.

We have three storage areas all far away from one another on the ward. I ran to the first one in bay one and no 02 masks were in there. The patients in that bay shouted nurse when they saw me enter the bay but I just had to shout sorry can't stop.

Then I moved onto the next closet in another bay. None there. But the patients in that bay all shouted "Nurse I need you" as soon as they saw me. At this point I didn't even know if the patient I left was still breathing and I needed to grab the o2 mask and get back to him.

I found luck in the third storage area. There was one mask left.

The housekeeper has changed the location of everything. Equipment that we would need at all the same time such as green needles, saline bullets and syringes are all far away from eachother. 02 masks and valves are on opposite sides of the ward. I had no bags of dextrose and people on timentin. No nothing. Whenever I leave the ward to cruise around the hospital looking for things I meet other staff nurses from other wards on thr scrounge. I had to give all my IV losec to AAU has they had an emergency and had none. Then I prayed that we wouldn't need any.

Housekeeper also hid the portable 02 sats device (the only one we have on the ward) because she is so sick of "nurses leaving it at a patients bedside". It has to be left at the bedside we have no other way to continously monitor their sats!!! But she hid the damn thing on friday and wasn't back until monday.

I am sick of thicko housekeepers and domestics who think that we are an inconvienece to them.

Have fun in the private sector. They think they are all hard done to over there. But believe me. I have worked in the private sector. It is a treat. Other NHS nurses I know who have worked in the private sector before working in the NHS agree. It is fun.

Nurse Anne said...

Anonymous I also spend 3/4 of my shift looking for things. I had a patient that needed a high flow 02 mask. He was so poorly we fast paged the reg and got the crash trolley out. I felt that he was going to go. He was deteriorating before my eyes.

I could not locate a mask. They usually keep them in the treatment room but when I went to look for it there was none.

We have three storage areas all far away from one another on the ward. I ran to the first one in bay one and no 02 masks were in there. The patients in that bay shouted nurse when they saw me enter the bay but I just had to shout sorry can't stop.

Then I moved onto the next closet in another bay. None there. But the patients in that bay all shouted "Nurse I need you" as soon as they saw me. At this point I didn't even know if the patient I left was still breathing and I needed to grab the o2 mask and get back to him.

I found luck in the third storage area. There was one mask left.

The housekeeper has changed the location of everything. Equipment that we would need at all the same time such as green needles, saline bullets and syringes are all far away from eachother. 02 masks and valves are on opposite sides of the ward. I had no bags of dextrose and people on timentin. No nothing. Whenever I leave the ward to cruise around the hospital looking for things I meet other staff nurses from other wards on thr scrounge. I had to give all my IV losec to AAU has they had an emergency and had none. Then I prayed that we wouldn't need any.

Housekeeper also hid the portable 02 sats device (the only one we have on the ward) because she is so sick of "nurses leaving it at a patients bedside". It has to be left at the bedside we have no other way to continously monitor their sats!!! But she hid the damn thing on friday and wasn't back until monday.

I am sick of thicko housekeepers and domestics who think that we are an inconvienece to them.

Have fun in the private sector. They think they are all hard done to over there. But believe me. I have worked in the private sector. It is a treat. Other NHS nurses I know who have worked in the private sector before working in the NHS agree. It is fun.

Nurse Anne said...

Anonymous I also spend 3/4 of my shift looking for things. I had a patient that needed a high flow 02 mask. He was so poorly we fast paged the reg and got the crash trolley out. I felt that he was going to go. He was deteriorating before my eyes.

I could not locate a mask. They usually keep them in the treatment room but when I went to look for it there was none.

We have three storage areas all far away from one another on the ward. I ran to the first one in bay one and no 02 masks were in there. The patients in that bay shouted nurse when they saw me enter the bay but I just had to shout sorry can't stop.

Then I moved onto the next closet in another bay. None there. But the patients in that bay all shouted "Nurse I need you" as soon as they saw me. At this point I didn't even know if the patient I left was still breathing and I needed to grab the o2 mask and get back to him.

I found luck in the third storage area. There was one mask left.

The housekeeper has changed the location of everything. Equipment that we would need at all the same time such as green needles, saline bullets and syringes are all far away from eachother. 02 masks and valves are on opposite sides of the ward. I had no bags of dextrose and people on timentin. No nothing. Whenever I leave the ward to cruise around the hospital looking for things I meet other staff nurses from other wards on thr scrounge. I had to give all my IV losec to AAU has they had an emergency and had none. Then I prayed that we wouldn't need any.

Housekeeper also hid the portable 02 sats device (the only one we have on the ward) because she is so sick of "nurses leaving it at a patients bedside". It has to be left at the bedside we have no other way to continously monitor their sats!!! But she hid the damn thing on friday and wasn't back until monday.

I am sick of thicko housekeepers and domestics who think that we are an inconvienece to them.

Have fun in the private sector. They think they are all hard done to over there. But believe me. I have worked in the private sector. It is a treat. Other NHS nurses I know who have worked in the private sector before working in the NHS agree. It is fun.

Anonymous said...

I have never heard of those sort of random shift patterns and I have worked for three different Trusts.

With minor variations they are Earlies (approx 7.00 AM to 15.00 PM) Lates (approx 13.00 to 21.00) or Nights (21.30-08.00).

You must work for the worst Trust in the entire UK.

Nurse Anne said...

do you guys not have to mix days and nights in the same week almost every week then?

Anonymous said...

I echo the previous Anonymous. I can't imagine working in worse conditions. Indeed, in 38 years of nursing I never worked in worse conditions. What you describe week after week is, literally, incredible. How can a housekeeper be allowed to make the decisions you describe in your comment above? On the one occasion in my professional life when I had the services of a housekeeper on my ward she did what she was told. If she'd dared to rearrange the equipment storage without being told she'd have been in serious trouble for interfering in the clinical organisation of the ward.

Sue said...

I agree with the others. Our housekeeper would be read her fortune if she rearranged things. She stocks up, but one of our sisters arranged where everything was to go.

We don't work days and nights in the same week, normally, unless we do 1 short shift and 2 or 3 nights. We do earlies (7-3), late shifts (1-9) or a long day (7-9). We do 4 nights in a week (night shift is 8.30-7.30).

Nurse Anne said...

That is good Sue. One of my colleagues just did one long day and then straight into 6 night shifts.

Sue said...

is 6 nights not too many hours? We used to do 7 and have a week off, but then the trust got all concerned with the EWTD and so now we get 3 or 4.

Nurse Anne said...

She did a longday and then straight into 6 nights and then only had 4 days off after. Now those are all 12+ hour shifts.

This is why I cut my hours back. I won't do that.

Nurse Anne said...

Her longday was thursday and her nights were friday saturday sunday monday tuesday wednesday so that is two different weeks. 3 nights at the end of one week and 3nights at the beginning of the next.

Sucks.

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