Saturday, September 30, 2006

Fucking nurses

No, you dirty-minded lot, not in that way (although it's always worth a squirt); it seems that we cannot even train our nurses properly. Doctor Crippen has a verbatim email from a student nurse that boggles the mind.
Science, anatomy and physiology were glossed over, often with a whole physiological system being 'covered' in one afternoon session.
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I have been told by a friend in another institution that some nursing schools had actually removed pharmacology from their syllabus in prior years to make way for more 'soft skills'. This means that nurses have been qualified by a school that gave greater priority to 'soft skills' than fundamental aspects of drugs, their mechanisms and uses.

What the fucking hell is going on? Pray tell me, what the fuck are qualified nurses for again? Oh, hang on: is it nursing? Then why the fuck are they not being taught the fundamentals of the human physiological system? Why the hell are they not being taught about the effects of the drugs that they have to administer? Has the entire country gone insane?
One lecturer stated that it is not necessary to learn cannulation or catheterisation or IV therapy on the course as we can go on top up courses when we have qualified and found employment.

WHAT! Fuck you, cunty-balls; you learn at the fucking college: that's what the entire exercise is for, for crying out loud!

We're all fucked. The nurses are fucked because they are going to have a hard time getting jobs, and we're all fucked because we will be receiving injections from someone who hasn't been taught how to administer one in the three fucking years that she was at college!

Fucking hellski...

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

For God's sake, where the F*** have you been DK? Project 2000 has been an unmitigated disaster for nursing, and the wellbeing of patients in this country for years. The 'traditionally trained' nurse will soon be an extinct species. Again, God help us all!

It is not unusual for an individual, about to qualify and in line for a senior/supervisory job on a hospital ward, to have never given an injection - never mind seening a patients backside, empty a bed pan, clear up blood and vomit etc. "Oooooh, ill people, nasty, smelly and 'orrible things, and the bastards have the nerve to ask for things like TLC, clean sheets, medication and food. I think I'll hide behind the desk and fill in these nice forms instead."

DK said:
"some nursing schools had actually removed pharmacology from their syllabus"
Unbelievably, I think you'll find this statement also refers to MEDICAL schools.

Devil's Kitchen said...

Eddie,

For the most part, I have been leaving it to the vastly more knowledgable Doc Crippen but perhaps it is time that I turned my guns on NHS training a bit more...

DK

Anonymous said...

Dear DK,

Sorry about the little bit of a rant above. It's an important issue close to my heart, and it will effect everybody sooner or later.

It is a subject worthy of your attentions. My apologies.

Devil's Kitchen said...

Eddie,

Please don't worry about it; I wasn't being deliberately curt, I was jus doing other things and whipped off a quickie.

I am glad that you get angry about this, and it is hardly as though I, of all people, can tell you off for having a rant.

Unfortunately, medical training is not, despite my one-time pretentions to indulge in it, something that I know an awful lot about and it is not something that appears in news sources a lot. If you would like to feed me info, or know people who would be willing to do so, I will be more than happy to give it my unreserved attention.

Regards,

DK

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Anonymous said...

Well, quite!!

The destruction of practical nursing and its replacement by touchy-feely jargon has an even more worrying spin off.

Once qualified, these purveyors of psycho-babel are now being used to teach the medical students.

At the moment the medical students have insight and are anry. Ten years down the line.... ????


John

Anonymous said...

Another triumph for edookayshun everyone passes everyone wins poor old patient dies but hey we can blame their lifestyle/smoking/drinking and not loving tony.

Anonymous said...

DK

It's not only nursing. The last thing actually taught on courses for "teaching" at our "universities" and other institutes of higher "learning" is how to teach. Such instruction was dropped I believe - although please correct me on this, even I am wrong sometimes - in the 70s.

dearieme said...

umbongo, him right. A friend is a primary school teacher. She makes her living teaching littlies to read and write and rith. In three years of teacher training, she got no instruction on how to teach same. And that was in the early 70s. That nursing was gurgler-bound has also been pretty clear since the 70s. State monopolies, eh?

Anonymous said...

"Has the entire country gone insane?"

Of course it bloody has. Did you sleep through 1997, or what?

Devil's Kitchen said...

Eddie,

If you are visiting again and see this comment, how about dropping me an email expanding on an issue?

Email: dk[AT]devilskitchendesign[DOT]com

DK

Anonymous said...

The student nurse on the link below wrote:
"All I can say is that I distrust my own abilities IF I EVEN QUALIFY. What should I do then? Leave and find another job?"

You would definitely not be alone if you decided on a different job. When I was a nipper, a nurse was generally a nurse for life - to use that most unPC of words, a vocation, a calling to the higher things, caring for the sick and vulnerable. Sadly no more, it seems most other jobs, including running Janet Reger catalogues and prostitution are infinitely preferable to walking the corridors of our pox ridden hospitals.

If you do end up a 'good' nurse, remember, it's in spite of the system, not because of it. I don't envy this intelligent student's chances. Good luck.

DK I sent an email, but it doesn't seem to be getting through. Is your spam filter rejecting swear words ...you old hypocrite you? Will try again!

Devil's Kitchen said...

Eddie,

Hmm, it should be OK (all of my comments get emailed to me and they arrive OK). Try chris.mounsey@gmail.com

DK

Anonymous said...

I'm a first year student nurse at a rather poor scottish uni.On reflection my course has been borderline inadequate to date. Anything of any relevence to actually taking care of people and understanding physiological processes has been delivered with extreme brevity. However anything related to PC bollocks has been exhausively explored.

I was under the impression that nurse training was all about learning how to take real horrorshow good care of sick people and understanding what the flaming fuck was wrong with them in the first place. This was in incorrect assumption.

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