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NHS admits nurses lack compassion

18th January 2012

A shake-up of nurse training has been instigated by the NHS after it admitted a number of them lack compassion.

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Claims that some nurses lack “fundamental attitudes to care” follows reports by the Patients Association and the Care Quality Commission, which found a series of nursing failures.

These included patients on hospital wards being left in their own excrement, drinking from flower vases due to thirst, left in pain and ignored by staff.

Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered a review of nursing care and wants hourly ward rounds to ensure patients are comfortable.

NHS London has also acted by ordering universities to implement higher standards on nursing courses, following concerns from senior nurses in London about poor standards of literacy, numeracy and poor attitudes towards patient care among some new students.

The authority’s chief nurse Professor Trish Morris-Thompson said: “I do know there are examples where the standard of care by some new nurses simply is not good enough. Senior nurses tell me this and most disappointingly so do patients.”

However, the University and College Union described the situation as worrying with the University of West London expected to lose its contract to provide adult nursing training as the number of places in the capital is cut from 2,000 to 1,580.

The Royal College of Nursing also hit back at the criticism.

General secretary and chief executive Dr Peter Carter said: “It is our experience that the vast majority of newly qualified nurses are dedicated professionals, who are committed to providing the highest possible standards of patient care.”

 

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marion McPheat

Thursday 2nd February 2012 @ 18:06

Although I have not read the whole report, it is my opinion that there is great pressure put apon nursing staff to carry out more skillful procedures, which were once carried out by doctors. This in turn leaves nurses less time to carry out basic nursing care, which of course impacts on the patients well being.


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Article Information

Title: NHS admits nurses lack compassion
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 20805
Date Added: 18th Jan 2012

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