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Nursing in general
Member Name: nursie
Nursing in general
Date: 19/12/01, updated on 19/12/01 (291 review reads)
Advantages: caring for people, personal achievement
Disadvantages: poorly paid, understaffed, overworked
I have just read the other opinions that are here on nursing, and have nothing but praise for both the writers...they have explained and portrayed nursing very well.
I am now 33, and have been nursing since I was 17. I was one of the old fashioned hospital trained girls, back in Australia, where I went to lectures for study blocks, and then had clinical placements on the ward to reinforce the theory. Kind of an apprenticeship....or in reality, pathetically paid and terrified labourer, with the stress of tons of text books and exams to bear whilst, hoping I don't kill anybody while I practice on them! hehehe...
At the end of the three years training, I graduated as a confident and competent Registered Nurse...well for a new grad anyway. I could manage my workload, care for my patients, and even lead the shift if I had to.
Now the training has changed...been moved into the universities. I guess it's great for the profession, as the graduates are now coming out with degrees and diplomas, and can stand next to other uni qualified professions as an equal. Bit different to my certificate...but.....
The uni grads come out as qualified Registered Nurses, who are not confident, and still need to learn how to handle a full workload for themselves, let alone lead the shift. Don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking them, as the uni training is the only option now....but is it what nursing really needs.
It is impossible to learn how to be a nurse from text books, and working supernumary during placements. It's not the real picture. It also leads to a lot of these graduates discovering, that once in their first placement, and often unsupported by their mentor, because they can never work the same shift due to the chronic short staffing, that they don't actually like nursing!! (Something that you would have discovered within weeks of beginning hospital training.) This certainly doesn't help the staffin
g crisis within the NHS.
I don't say that I know the answers either, but I really do believe that the current system of training needs to be reviewed urgently if we're to retain the graduates that we've got, let alone attract more to the profession.
Staffing....well don't get me started on that!!
I was recruited to the NHS from Australia. I was aware that there were staffing shortages, but never dreamt that they were as desperate and chronic a problem as it obviously is. It is almost guaranteed that every single shift I ever work, that we will be at least one nurse down, with no chance of boosting the numbers, by using local agencies. You see we're outside of London, and the agency pay up here is very poor compared to London. So all the travellers who nurse to support their travel expenses stay in London to make the money.
I have never been so overworked, underpaid, unappreciated and stressed at work in all my life!! I run around all day, desperate to meet the needs of my patients, empathetic towards their complaints, but unable to do it all because I'm only human and only one person. So I just take the brunt of all the complaints, apologise on behalf of the NHS, and go home deflated and exhausted. I work days, evenings, nights and have the responsibility of always being in charge, as I am a sister, and after being a nurse for 16 years....am paid £19.935 plus 11% for unsocial hours worked. My pay is so poor because once again, we're outside of London.
So why do it? Because it is all I've ever wanted to be. If I can help to save one life, then it is worth all the stress and abuse. I truly care for people, and a nurse is all I will ever be. I guess it's places like this, where I can let off some steam, that help me work through it. While I am living in the UK, I will do my best within the NHS, but somebody, somewhere needs to do something about the NHS before all the nurses
are burnt out, and nobody is capable of coping with the load.