Hairyloon wrote:Because we treat our nurses like crap?
shootist wrote:Hairyloon wrote:Because we treat our nurses like crap?
Quite possibly. But if you go back to, say, the 50s and 60s at least, nurses were paid very poorly, worked under a level of discipline that is simply unheard of today, put in more hours, and were expected to do work that nurses today would simply refuse to do, yet they were placed on a platform in society unequalled by just about any other calling. I use the term 'calling' because that is what I believe nursing is. Instead it has become, in today's world, just another job for so many people who just want to work their way up the career path to a position where they don't have to bother themselves with the patients.
Hairyloon wrote:Did it stop being a calling because it became just a job, or did it become just a job because it stopped being a calling?
Nurses in the past were recruited via an easy route - basic level entry.
Now it's degree level entry - as it should be considering the role - those seeking a career via a walk in the park route now have to demonstrate their knowledge and competence via the academic route.
Instead of thinking "OK, let's go for 6 years in a hospital before moving into the community" - where the decent jobs and pay are - depending on grade of course...there is the attitude the NHS hospital is the be all and end all.
But this is where recruitment is at its lowest.
Deporting foreign born nurses is not going to produce an influx of British student nurses.
When push comes to shove, there is an option of becoming a British Citizen should the individual fit the criteria and pass the examinations.
We should question why certain members of society do not want to strive academically?
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