I am currently watching the Politics Show and Ann Clwyd MP is reciting the story concerning the death of her husband. It is a tragic episode and a scandal which taints the NHS. Firstly I have to respect the views of Grumpy RN and other medical professionals who inhabit the blogosphere but we cannot ignore the torrent of complaints that are in the main justified.
I have seen with my own eyes nurses only doing the very minimum which often includes dispensing medication and routine checks on blood pressure and heart rate. After that they do not go near the patients and care involves mental as well as physical care.
Communication is minimal. They don't even inform the nearest relative if they if the relative moves wards or even hospitals! I find it difficult to get someone to give me a progress report. Something must change. It may be staffing levels and it may be time but it is also attitude. I do wonder if the number of nurses obtaining degrees affects attitude. Is it now beneath them to attend to the needs of the patient. Whatever it is something has changed the attitude of nursing staff, not all of them of course but...far too many!
Perhaps a leaving proforma would be the answer but only if it is not ignored. If the family or the patient is concerned about their experience whilst in hospital then we should be able to name and shame. It would also highlight the nursing staff who are doing a good job which is just as important.