Quote from Fiona59
The Mail is being sensational again. The article so quickly drifted off topic that the journalist should be reprimanded for failing to follow the original subject.
But ultimately, it stirred up the old "is a degree really needed debate".
I just know that what I see coming out of our local universities scares me. Most don't want to work at the bedside for more than five years, they all want to be in management (gawd help us). Their skills are poor. It shouldn't be up to the unit to provide them with a six month settle in period.
Contrast that to the Practical Nurse programme here. Those nurses are given a three week settle in period to the unit and are then expected to pull a full patient load. Their skills are usually good and the settle in period is more to learn the paperwork and unit routine.
But still many look down on the LPNs as not "bright enough to be RNs". On our units it's a 50/50 split of LPNs and RNs and the positive comments have all named the LPNs. Why? I don't really know, except that when I went through college we were constantly reminded that we were caring for the WHOLE patient not just the medical condition.
I agree , but was confused by the term LPN as I assume you're in the UK?
I notice in the article that the idiot doesn't mention staffing levels or as someone else said , the fact that only one nurse will be weraing the tabard.
Also interested to see that the nurse in the picture has a drug trolley. How many hospitals are still using these rather than having drug cupboards at the bedside of each patient?
He also talks about "basic nursing care" but I don't categorise giving medication as basic nursing care.
He doesn't talk about why the tabrd wearing was developed ie due to drug errors or the benefits that were shown with the pilot study.
However -I do feel that looking at the number of pharmacists most hospitals have, plus nursing workload, increased numbers of meds prescribed and number of drug errors a system like many hositals in the USA use might be more acceptable to people like the guy that wrote the article.
The pharmacy make up packets with the drugs in for each patient for each administration time point.
When the nurse does a drug round she scans the bar code on the drug kardex and then the bar code on the pts wrist band and the trolley rotates the packet with that patients drugs in for that time point around to become available for the nurse to take.
Everything from prescribing through to restocking is electronic.
i DON'T THINK i'VE DESCRIBED IT VERY WELL but just google "automated medication dispensing"