If i had a child I would not encourage him or her to take up nursing.
I am a UK nurse born and bred and if I had the opportunity to get something better I would!
I am for what its worth a glorious team leader, in charge of a number of nurses, and there is no support from my clinical nurse manager. Is it any wonder that nurses are stressed and the sickness rate is out of control in the NHS.
They have recently put up our salary a little under Agenda for Change, but it does not compensate for the stress I am going through with this job.
It doesn't matter how much Tony Blair puts into the NHS - if nothing is done about senior management.
Improving Working Lives means nothing - if you show indifference about your staff.
No wonder you cannot get enough nurses in the UK - the way they treat nurses!
Mar 8, '05
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It's great to hear from UK nurses! I lived in Swindon, Wiltshire for 8 years. I'd love to return to England. I love England. But I suppose I'm an American, and I belong here now.
I don't have anything to add re: your plight as NHS nurses, but I wonder if the grass is ever greener on the other side in our field? Nursing is such a hard job and few can handle it.
Of course the same could be said for hanging on a cross, and yet that's where the glory is. The hardest shift is offset by the fact that very few human beings could ever function on such a shift. Imagine what the average person would do if they were suddenly thrust into your role.
I hate nursing--everyone hates nursing--but the glory is addictive. The Veridican
Our children observe our *compassionate loving service* to others too. They notice further, how often we are not appreciated. And understandably so given what we are "Told you MUST say, and do" - even if in so doing it is harming people. Therefore, please allow children to make their own career-decisions. My daughter chose non-medical work, and I am very glad for her.
And as well, especially true for any nurse finding it difficult to compromise standards of
*First, do no harm*, we have further options for benefically serving. You can choose to avail yourself of further learning opportunities (outside negative destructive boxed mainstream beliefs) - with which to help people.
The real question, more often than not, is *What do you want, to believe* ? - often, that kind of re-frame serves to pleasantly empower most everyone in their own Healing-processes. Choose to contribute these kinds of positive differences
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