Friday, 18 February 2011

Epic Win...Kind of....

Somebody posted a link to my blog and it actually made it into the comments section of the Daily Mail.

Not that their readers will give a crap or ever understand the situation.  But you know, it is something worth celebrating anyway I think.

20 comments:

Sue said...

The daily fail drives me insane. I read it for amusement. I commented on that article, but I doubt it will get accepted, as none of my comments on health articles do.

Mark said...

My comments always appear although they can take 12+ hours to be moderated sometimes. I suggest that all Anne's followers "Green Arrow" the reference to this blog in the Daily Heil

Lydia said...

hi nurse anne I was recently in hospital with a heart attack and the way I was left around in the foyer I felt was very humiliating. The thing that I noticed was that their were a lot of so-called staff floating around in suits,obviously they werent doctors, I was put into a ward and noticed someone I had worked with in my area of work as agency in catering actually administerin injections. I was appauled and told the nurses/staff that he was not qualified to do this, to that I got some dirty looks, but was quickly reassured that he was qualified,. I know he wasnt, could you let me know what you think on this matter. Thanks

Nurse Anne said...

If he was not qualified then there is no way he would have had hold of the keys or had access to injections.

The hospitals are bringing in a lot of unqualified staff instead of nurses to staff the wards but they cannot and do not: have access to drugs, have access to doctors notes, have any involvement with discharges or admissions etc etc.

If I am the only nurse on the ward working with two carers I am the only none who gives injections. IF I am working with 200 carers I am still the only one who can give any injections.

Hope that answers your question.

Nurse Anne said...

awww bloody hell they have taken off the comments section for that piece.

Anonymous said...

er....that would be me, I posted that comment under the pseudonym, Melody from Durham. I've been reading your blog for ages, and as I worked for the ambulance service for a couple of years I know all about shitty staffing levels, the pressure to move patients quickly through the system, and the blatant fiddling of 'targets'. Not many DM readers agree with me, though.

Anonymous said...

Lydia
if you know he's unqualified the he should be reported to the police or check the Nursing Midwifery Council register.
Anne
Disagree with you there. There have been instances of bogus nurses and doctors. A recent case involved a woman who had forged nurse qualifications and was working under an assumed name.
She was an illegal immigrant and all papers were forged.

Years ago, there was a chap who worked via an agency as an anaethestist without qualifications what so ever. If memory is correct he had done some work as a butcher. Anna

Anonymous said...

Anne you should see what's happening in the community. I work as a District Nurse in the community. Recently our new 'hoist'; organisation, a mental health trust said they would have to reconsider sharing their 'commercial data' (i.e. patient records) between clinical community & hospital staff as the hospital was now a competitor.
I don't know how much of the community you understand as it a real mess but the latest plans have £80billion per year of public money being given to private businessmen, oh sorry I meant Never-ever-no-not-once-act-in-their-own-interest-GP's. For them to buy services from whoever they want, including themselves of course, and working together in one big happy group for the collective benefit of us patients. Wonderful eh? I mean I know we have to pay them QOF points just to make sure they do what we pay them to do (what? You mean you didn't realise every time your sweet GP just checks your blood pressure he/she gets a nice £50 bonus? On top of the money the HNS already pays them? Silly you)but I know we can trust them.......good old GP's...who coincidently were the only professional group in the health service to oppose -along with the Tory's - the creation of the NHS. Great....

Nurse Anne said...

I don't know the specifics of what is happening in the community but I do know that it is a mess.

My region is down at least 70 district nurses in the past few years. Its a largish area.

The ones left must be having a hell of a time...especially when you consider what state patients are in when they leave the hospital.

Then you get these GPs parading around telling anyone who will listen that "district nurses cannot be bothered with basic nursing care anymore".

Yes Mr. GP that's become there is one DN to see a hundred patients in one shift you fucktard.

Dino-nurse said...

Lets face it...the great british public would rather protest over the privatasation of forests than give a damn about the old and frail. The government are only interested in lining their own pockets and I doubt they even know what a poor person looks like...other than when they have to step over one to get off the Tube. I am sick and tired of having to read IR1s concerned with staffing levels as I know that they will be ignored by the higher eschaleons. Working for the State sucks...:0(

Matt said...

I've given up getting annoyed at the comic that is the daily mail. I get plenty of amusement from trolling its comments section though.

Anonymous said...

Anne:

"The hospitals are bringing in a lot of unqualified staff instead of nurses to staff the wards but they cannot and do not: have access to drugs, have access to doctors notes, have any involvement with discharges or admissions etc etc."

Not true in our trust. U?nqualified staff have access to and an write in medical notes (our nurses and doctors notes are merged), out discharge co-ordinators are unqualified and do everything from social services referring to sitting in pharmacy waiting for TTAs. Admissions paperwork can be done by either an RN or a HCA, apart from the medication history, which is done by an RN or pharmacy only.

BTW, there was an agency HCA one on one of my wards who said they were qualified, were given the keys and was only found out when it became obvious that they had no clue.

Lydia- I'm worried on several levels. 1) privacy should have been respected for all patients, you shouldn't have seen someone else receiving an injection. 2) What was his role in catering? Is it possible he was also an agency nurse just doing shifts when he can, working in catering to make ends meet? b) if this is true, you need to contact the hospital and someone higher up, maybe the NMC for the hospital allowing this to happen.

Nurse Anne said...

really? You have staff to help with the admissions and discharges and wait for TTA's? Not at my trust. The ward is staffed with one RN and 3 cadets and all of that work falls to the RN.

Nurse Anne said...

We had a cadet who became an HCA. Once she became an HCA she ran around telling everyone that she was "qualified".

Anonymous said...

Recently our new 'hoist'; organisation, a mental health trust said they would have to reconsider sharing their 'commercial data' (i.e. patient records) between clinical community & hospital staff as the hospital was now a competitor.
http://www.cnatraininghub.org

Anonymous said...

Posted link on my local rags comments section...here's hoping it boosts readership and support.

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