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Undercover Nurse - anyone watching?

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assumedname Wed 20-Jul-05 21:39:46

Glad I'm not on that ward.

Donbean Wed 20-Jul-05 21:40:40

no, i cant it makes me bloody well cringe.

assumedname Wed 20-Jul-05 21:41:09

Tell me it's not all like that?

Donbean Wed 20-Jul-05 21:42:13

whats happening, im not watching it?

assumedname Wed 20-Jul-05 21:42:56

Woman left 2 hours, crying, calling for the commode.

Doubly incontinent woman left wet, cold and dirty.

Donbean Wed 20-Jul-05 21:44:39

where were the nurses?
How many nurses to patients?
What else was going on in the ward?

assumedname Wed 20-Jul-05 21:46:38

It's not clear exactly how many nurses are working when.

One shift was run by a bank nurse who hadn't been on the ward for a few months, with an agency nurse on the ward for the first time and a student nurse on her first ward placement.

Doesn't seem right.

Donbean Wed 20-Jul-05 21:49:00

Happens every day of the week.
Im sorry to say that it does happen, apauling.
THE very reason why i dont and never ever will work on a ward. I couldnt sleep at night with that on my mind.

assumedname Wed 20-Jul-05 21:49:48

Patients' food going cold after being left in front of patients who couldn't feed themselves for forty minutes.

Nurses eating patients' food.

Donbean Wed 20-Jul-05 21:50:02

I cant understand it though, its basic humane care for another human bieng, i cant understand it.

Donbean Wed 20-Jul-05 21:51:06

see now im getting upset about it, thats why i cant watch it....

assumedname Wed 20-Jul-05 21:51:11

Charts not filled in.

I guess they don't have enough nurses. The bank nurse commented that the nurses were being ground down by the system and some had developed coping strategies of not caring about the patients.

CarolinaMoon Wed 20-Jul-05 21:51:59

which channel?

assumedname Wed 20-Jul-05 21:52:35


Donbean Wed 20-Jul-05 21:52:38

Leaving in droves. Conditions are bad BUT always have been for as long as i can remember, you still dont neglect basic needs.

assumedname Wed 20-Jul-05 21:57:06

All I can say is that I am shocked and hope this is an isolated instance.

Donbean Wed 20-Jul-05 21:58:47

well no it isnt an isolated incidence sadly.
It doesnt happen in my dept i can assure you.

CarolinaMoon Wed 20-Jul-05 22:03:47

only caught the end (obv) - was the overspend happening at the same time as all that? How could they spend that much? That's about 4 nurses-worth isn't it?

paolosgirl Wed 20-Jul-05 22:04:44

I couldn't watch it, but I can imagine. Doesn't matter how bad you perceive the pay, conditions, whatever to be - if you don't want to be a nurse, you should get out of the profession, not leave vulnerable patients in the these states. How any human can do that to another is beyond me.

assumedname Wed 20-Jul-05 22:10:49

I didn't catch all of it myself, CarolinaMoon, but I think the ward's overspend was the fault of the previous ward manager. I think she was removed from her post.

Caligula Wed 20-Jul-05 22:30:40

I think part of it is to do with the professionalisation of nursing - they're so busy being professionals that wiping up someone's shit is beneath them.

It was horrific. I hope there's a massive scandal about it. But I doubt there will be.

matnanplus Wed 20-Jul-05 22:57:20

Sad to say on a ho;iday recently 1 of the people is a nurse, 10y cancer and now upto 16y and was told 'oh your in the caring profession' the reply 'caring, NO we just follow drs orders', that certainly stopped conversation.

As far as i could see there were very few changes even months after they were told of problems, well, try to avoid Brighton, tho it would have been nice to see footage from a well run ward elsewhere for a look at how it is being done well.

Caligula Wed 20-Jul-05 23:03:56

I now wish I'd complained about a nurse years ago who was failing to treat my brother properly in hospital. How much emotional blackmail is going on because they are "caring", under-funded, underpaid, angels, moral guardians etc etc. Honestly, the woman who was supposed to be looking after him was so bad, and we let her get away with it because she had the moral authority of being a nurse. Nobody else from any other profession would have got such leeway. And I have no doubt that some of them milk it to the full and that old people are the most horribly vulnerable group in society, who are stoic and uncomplaining and don't want to make a fuss. That poor woman who died and was only noticed (by an undercover journalist) one and a half hours later. What a horrific death. No wonder people are in favour of euthanasia, if that's the alternative.

Tortington Wed 20-Jul-05 23:23:14

i watched it - i first of all was shocked becuase it was the royal sussex as my daughter has always been seen quickly and efficiently by audiology - although that is different
was also quite pertinant as my nan was in hospital recently as shes 86 likleyhood i that she will be again.

however would like to say that my nan got a birthday card sent to her home from a lady doctor at the hospital. that was really really nice.

Caligula Wed 20-Jul-05 23:52:09

All my relatives insist on visiting in shifts when anyone is in hospital, the theory being that if you don't get lots of visitors, the ward staff won't think anyone cares about you and won't look after you.

I always used to think they were mad, now I'm wondering if they have a point.

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