In one of my earliest posts I commented on the degree nursing course, and how I felt that nurses as a profession had been conned. That they had been so blinded by the status of a degree qualification that they had had the financial tables turned on them completely. In pre degree days nursing was taught in parallel with ward work, for which they received a salary, albeit small. But now they are considered students, and have to pay out for their course like any other student. The reality of this was brought home to me this week in, of all places, Tescos.
As I was at the checkout I got chatting to the young lady at the till, who told me she was a nurse in training, working at Tesco to fund her way through the course. The true reality of the situation stunned me, that she should have to do this. If she has to work to support herself why can’t she be employed on the wards, where she would get an income as well as valuable experience with hands on patient care. I came away feeling even more strongly that modern nurse training is a complete bag of shit.
And that realisation is starting, finally, to dawn on the nurses too.