SUE Jenkins says there are times when she is almost ashamed to be a nurse.
A Queensland nurse with more than two decades of experience, she says she is increasingly witnessing horrific incidents of poor nursing - which she believes can be blamed on the way nurses are trained in universities.
"I have 25 years' experience as a nurse and after being poorly treated by nurses in hospitals on three occasions, I think the issue needs to be brought out into the open and discussed," Jenkins says. About 15 years ago nurses...
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May 5, '04
I just don't see a bunch of bad new nurses where I work. They need real orientation to the unit to be sure, but I think that's reasonable considering the difference in acuity between now and 1965. Nurses then may have been able to hit the floor running, but I guarantee they weren't expected to come out and be able to look after a 23 weeker on an oscillator with lines and 15 solutions and meds running. I used to work pp and so did my aunt. She said it was ROUTINE for women to spend a week in the hospital after a normal delivery. Today, we're lucky if they are in for more than 48 hours, so even though I wasn't looking after as many patients as she had on the same type of unit, mine were much more acute.
I also have to say, I don't see work ethic or teamwork being any better among the older or more experienced nurses I work with (quite the opposite at my current workplace unfortunately, though it varies between units). Oh, the stories I could tell....
Last edit by fergus51 on May 5, '04