Reverse the decision that all new nurses will be required to have degrees

The basic requirement for being a good nurse is surely to have a kind, caring personality, not an ability to write a good essay.  It is therefore hugely worrying that entirely uncaring, but academic people could soon qualify as nurses at the expense of those who are very caring and attentive, but do not have an aptitude for academic study. 

What is more, there is a very real possibility that some of those who get degrees will become ‘too posh to wash’ and think the traditional duties of a nurse below them.  This will do nobody any favours. 

On top of this, has any thought been given to how this ludicrous proposal will be funded?  There are surely only three possibilities, all of which are unpalatable:

  1. The government will fund this unnecessary extra education, through grants and subsidies, increasing the already gargantuan budget deficit, thus further exacerbating the economic woes of this country.  
  2. Nursing will become a career option which is only available to the wealthy, as they will be the only ones who can afford the training.
  3. Trainee nurses will be required to take out large loans, saddling them with huge debts that they may never pay off.

Clearly none of the above, or any combination of them, is in the slightest bit desirable from the point of view either of potential nurses or of society as a whole.

Why is this idea important?

The basic requirement for being a good nurse is surely to have a kind, caring personality, not an ability to write a good essay.  It is therefore hugely worrying that entirely uncaring, but academic people could soon qualify as nurses at the expense of those who are very caring and attentive, but do not have an aptitude for academic study. 

What is more, there is a very real possibility that some of those who get degrees will become ‘too posh to wash’ and think the traditional duties of a nurse below them.  This will do nobody any favours. 

On top of this, has any thought been given to how this ludicrous proposal will be funded?  There are surely only three possibilities, all of which are unpalatable:

  1. The government will fund this unnecessary extra education, through grants and subsidies, increasing the already gargantuan budget deficit, thus further exacerbating the economic woes of this country.  
  2. Nursing will become a career option which is only available to the wealthy, as they will be the only ones who can afford the training.
  3. Trainee nurses will be required to take out large loans, saddling them with huge debts that they may never pay off.

Clearly none of the above, or any combination of them, is in the slightest bit desirable from the point of view either of potential nurses or of society as a whole.

Replace GP’s by Highly Trained Nurses

Replace GP's by highly trained nurses. Using current GP salaries, the nation could benefit from at least twice the number of highly trained nurses who can perform the job of a GP. This will ensure a much improved service at local health centres. The nurses could also be on call.

Why is this idea important?

Replace GP's by highly trained nurses. Using current GP salaries, the nation could benefit from at least twice the number of highly trained nurses who can perform the job of a GP. This will ensure a much improved service at local health centres. The nurses could also be on call.

nurses

at 16 years of age i became a cadet nurse 60 years ago now, working in almost all different depts medical records, almoners office, clinics -booking appointments , booking ambulances ,diet kitchen,laundry/sewing room,theory was you went on at 18 to train as srn i loved what i was doing and yes 16 year olds are responsible enough to do this but unfortunately nursing wasnt for me but its a really good way of employing 16-18 year olds. having been an inpatient for 2 weeks 6 years ago i could see how usefully this could be adapted i.e helping to feed elderly people giving them drinks maybe just walking around and speaking to people who are elderly and maybe dont have any visitors, this could even be adapted for people in my age group.

Why is this idea important?

at 16 years of age i became a cadet nurse 60 years ago now, working in almost all different depts medical records, almoners office, clinics -booking appointments , booking ambulances ,diet kitchen,laundry/sewing room,theory was you went on at 18 to train as srn i loved what i was doing and yes 16 year olds are responsible enough to do this but unfortunately nursing wasnt for me but its a really good way of employing 16-18 year olds. having been an inpatient for 2 weeks 6 years ago i could see how usefully this could be adapted i.e helping to feed elderly people giving them drinks maybe just walking around and speaking to people who are elderly and maybe dont have any visitors, this could even be adapted for people in my age group.

Breastfeeding in public beyond 6 months

Hi  at the moment in England we don't have protection for breastfeeding a child beyond 6 months of age I am choosing to feed my daughter beyond that as I agree with experts that there are significant health benefits in doing so.  Unfortunately there are some sectors of society whose attitude is less than you would hope it would be and you do need legal protection to prevent harrassment or discrimination – what am are you meant to say to a 7 month old?  sorry you're too old to feed in public ?  the law I believe should be changed to reflect WHO recommendations and the law currently in scotland which offers protection up to 2 years.

Why is this idea important?

Hi  at the moment in England we don't have protection for breastfeeding a child beyond 6 months of age I am choosing to feed my daughter beyond that as I agree with experts that there are significant health benefits in doing so.  Unfortunately there are some sectors of society whose attitude is less than you would hope it would be and you do need legal protection to prevent harrassment or discrimination – what am are you meant to say to a 7 month old?  sorry you're too old to feed in public ?  the law I believe should be changed to reflect WHO recommendations and the law currently in scotland which offers protection up to 2 years.