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    NHS Apprenticeships

    I think these two things will be left for band 5s. Specifically the charge part. There needs to be those set boundaries. I am super happy that the ones who have progressed into this role have done so, otherwise some of them may have remained at band 2 forever, scared to go to university full time or not given the chance too. They have put themselves through a very tough gruelling two years and now, here they are :). There is a place for band 4s to shine in the nursing workforce and that is exactly what they are doing. I love working alongside this new role. And long may it continue.
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    Why Nurses Are Leaving the Bedside In Droves

    It is a sad thing.
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    Why Nurses Are Leaving the Bedside In Droves

    This is true. I have of course seen the aide that I asked an hour ago to get vitals sat chilling on the phone or hiding in a cupboard somewhere. There is always that one or two. I have also seen that nurse that sits at the nurses station looking at amazon that an aide asked for assistance with a turn an hour ago and the nurse says im doing my charting you will have to wait. There is a 50/50 thing there. Nurses and Aides are bad for this and you find the type basically on every unit/facility. Not all, but a lot.
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    NHS Apprenticeships

    The NA role....aaaaaah. When I first came back to the UK after nursing in the US I could not believe the country did not have second level nurses anymore. I really could not. Here I am seventeen years later and what I said would return would return, and they just have a different title. Enrolled nurses are back. Much to the dismay of a lot of band 5 nurses who, the ones that never worked with the ENs before where so against the idea. I openly advocated for it. These band 4 'nurses' will most probably be the best of the registered nursing professions crop! Basically every other country in the world have always had them. Four year apprentices for aspiring RNs. Good! It never should have been moved to a university only training system. There are other ways to strenghten the profession, this was one of the big reasons for moving it to university. The best nurses I have ever worked with are those who trained in the old style training system. I have seen the difference because I have worked alongside both and nursing got progressively worse post 2012 degree only. It attracted the worst of the worst the I do not really want to be a nurse but I will get a degree type and a few people actually said that is why they did it. And whilst they are academically smart nurses, they are super bad 'nurses' ! I hope the NMC does allow LPNs LVNs division two nurses etc to come and work here.......there is always a place for you in nursing and I openly advocate for back to hospital based training again.
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    Why Nurses Are Leaving the Bedside In Droves

    This is so so true. The amount of nursing student these days that say oh how do you get to be a band six ( charge nurse ) or a NP or a CNS and this is before they have even written their first end of year paper. The thing is years ago nurses became nurses and that was it apart from the obvious management roles. Then nursing changed and you could be so many different types of , shall I even say, nurse , that is not at the beside, or you could as is even more so now, progress to medical roles. The options just were not there not so long ago and now for a lot of people they do not want to say oh I am a nurse on a med-surg floor. They want to say I am a nurse manager or a NP or a CNS etc etc.
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    Nursing Assistants

    Thank you all for the replies. Appreciate it. They have NA one and two here as well but it never works out very well as you might have a NA1 who can do everything then a NA2 who has been hired as a 2 but.....has not completed the training and got lost along the way so the NA1 who was a NA2 somewhere else could only be hired as a 1 because of budget and then they decide lets hire some 2s, in they come and then some train up fast others do not. I always scratch my head at this scenario.
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    Nursing Assistants

    Hi all, from Ireland. I want to ask you all about the role of the nursing assistant in your facility. I have been in nursing now for twenty one years and have worked in Ireland, the US, UK, Spain and now I am back in Northern Ireland. The first notable difference I found when returning here after all these years is the role of the NA. Here in the hospital I work they are not permitted to Take Vitals Blood Glucose Draw Labs EKGs Etc Etc On some wards they are not even permitted to take patient report!!! I know I know, how unsafe is that! I ask because in every other country NAs at a minimum took Vitals and Accu checks at a minimum and depending on the unit could be trained to do more if that NA was deemed competent and wanted to. What are CNAs allowed to do and not do these days in the US? I intend to write a paper about my experiences as a nurse in different countries. Thanks Bri
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