What, Why & How do we Know ?
All UK Nurses to be graduate entry only ! WTF ?
I’m not sure that “Graduate” will be a useful word for much longer. Surely a graduate is someone who has undertaken an Academic (theoretical?) course of study – I hope that any nurse that cares for me has a practical and technical understanding of care.
Perhaps new labour confuses distinctions with perjoratives; but I do NOT want academic nurses. (I do, however, want very well trained ones.)
Is there also a tacit assumption that Graduate = Professional?
Certainly graduate implies more academic / theoretical than practical, and also the 3 or 4 years of that before “practice”. Preofessional (to me) implies additional on-the-job training through “responsible” experience on top of that.
I think the problem here is not that some “grades” of nurse do need a high level of technical training in the theory behind more technical medical procedures, if they are to perform and monitor them – but that the essence of nursing is as you say “care” for the human patient involved, and the people management of those (staff and service contractors) interacting with the patient. The technical skills are more “paramedic” than nursing – we shouldn’t be setting one standard / bar, but recognizing different skills and roles.
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