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Member Name: ksparky65
Advantages: Great career
Disadvantages: budget cuts
I started my training in 1984 and I have seen a lot of changes in the last twenty odd years, some good some bad.
The training for a start. In my day you did 13 weeks in school then were let loose on the wards. Students were counted in the numbers and you really were thrown in. In some ways this was a good thing after training for 3 years you had loads of hands on experience, however it very much depended on the ward staff and the time they had how much theory you learned.
Things seem to have reversed somewhat, you can now have students qualifying who are academically brilliant but fairly useless practically.
The NHS itself has changed a huge amount I think my employers name has changed about 6 times in as many years. It's all about budgets and saving money, everywhere is short staffed.
There have been times when I feel very undervalued for the work I put in and the stress I sometimes work under. My colleagues are great it's a very supportive culture, it's the management that gets you down.
But it's not all bad I love my job, I now work on the community, thats one of the great things about this career, there are so many different aspects of nursing. I hated surgery as the patients don't generally hang around long enough for you to get to know them, whereas I loved care of the elderly.
It is also a very family friendly career, I have 3 children but have never given up work as i've always been able to find hours to fit around the family.
The pays not awful either, I know that compared to other careers where you do at least three years training and have at least a diploma if not a degree it could be better, but it's a lot more than a lot of my mates take.
Hope this hasn't put anyone off!!!! There are times (a lot of times actually) when the care you give and the appreciation you get from patients gives you a real boost and makes you realise you really are doing something worthwhile.
Summary: It's not all bad
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