Quote from Silverdragon102
I used to be a EN and do miss them. It is alright training HCA's but EN's gave better support to the RN and at times could take charge
I think it was also a good route to the RGN for those who may have started off technically lower down the academic field, maybe due to having gone to a crappy school, but proved very good at their job & could then go on to do the conversion course. Many of the ward managers & matrons that I have met started out their career as an EN!
What's scary though is that I've read that in some US hospitals they are phasing out LPN's & that would be just as much a disaster for exactly the same reasons as I think doing away with EN's has been here.
Hehehe, & while I'm at moaning about the loss of the "good old days" I wish they'd never done away with hospital based training, period!!
Did you used to wear green? I remember all the EN's I worked with had green on their uniforms somewhere - either on the lapels, in the stripe, or the trousers (when we went to tunics).
Ah..... the good old days of bed pan rounds, back rubs & races down each side of the ward to see who made their beds up first!