UK Renal Nursing

  1. Hi everybody! I've been a qualified nurse for 20 years, the last 2 at a very large teaching hospital in England. I work on the Renal unit at present on transplant.
    We have 10 beds on our ward and have a nurse atient rota of 1:2/3.All the nursing staff on the ward are qualified RNs. After severe staffing shortages last year the hospital trust recruited 100 nurses from the Phillipines. Any comments?
    Our Phillipino nurse is delightful and very hard-working and has just seen snow for the first time!
    Last year we did 100 transplants. In England, even if a person carries a donor card it is still the decision of their relatives which determines if their organs can be used.
    I would like to hear comments from nurses also working on renal units or any other area if they wish.
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  3. by   pandora
    Originally posted by jumettebarns:
    Hi everybody! I've been a qualified nurse for 20 years, the last 2 at a very large teaching hospital in England. I work on the Renal unit at present on transplant.
    We have 10 beds on our ward and have a nurse atient rota of 1:2/3.All the nursing staff on the ward are qualified RNs. After severe staffing shortages last year the hospital trust recruited 100 nurses from the Phillipines. Any comments?
    Our Phillipino nurse is delightful and very hard-working and has just seen snow for the first time!
    Last year we did 100 transplants. In England, even if a person carries a donor card it is still the decision of their relatives which determines if their organs can be used.
    I would like to hear comments from nurses also working on renal units or any other area if they wish.
    I work in transplant too. A 10 bedded ward like yours. 100 transplants last year. Any more similarities? We have 4 nurses from the Philippines who are a pleasure to work with and are an asset to our team. Whereabouts are you?
  4. by   jumettebarns
    Thank you for your reply.
    I have sent further information via email.
    Any comments on poaching overseas nurses?


  5. by   pandora
    Originally posted by jumettebarns:
    Thank you for your reply.
    I have sent further information via email.
    Any comments on poaching overseas nurses?

    Hello again. Your email hasn't arrived! Did you get the address right?
  6. by   jumettebarns
    Pandora,
    My email wasn't accepted by your host.
    I work in a very large hospital in the north. We have 10 beds but use 2 of them for access surgery unless we are desperate for the beds - we never turn transplants down for the want of a bed - we can always transfer someone to one of the other wards on the renal unit if we have to.
    We have a staff to patient ratio of 1;2/3 on all shifts - as you will be aware night shift can be as busy as days on transplant!
    Bye for now!


  7. by   pandora
    Originally posted by jumettebarns:
    Pandora,
    My email wasn't accepted by your host.
    I work in a very large hospital in the north. We have 10 beds but use 2 of them for access surgery unless we are desperate for the beds - we never turn transplants down for the want of a bed - we can always transfer someone to one of the other wards on the renal unit if we have to.
    We have a staff to patient ratio of 1;2/3 on all shifts - as you will be aware night shift can be as busy as days on transplant!
    Bye for now!

    Hello again.
    I wondered what had happened to your email. I can't understand why it wouldn't go through, but try again sometime because I have checked and the address given is correct. Would like to hear from you via my email. I'm sure we have a lot to talk about. We always keep our tranplant patients on the transplant ward. This seems to work well, although the need for further beds has been recognised and the ward is going to be extended this year (hopefully). We are also going to start doing pancreatic transplants. I am currently doing an ENB course in Critical Care and hope to start ENB 136 Renal course in September. Both are modular form at Oxford Brookes University. Will tell you more when you manage to get through to me. Bye for now.

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