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This blog will reflect my interests in learning disabilities, nursing, nursing theory, philosophy and politics and my general interests in the arts and literature. (Nursing is an art as well as a science!) Philosophy and nursing have been intrinsically linked since the days of Socrates, his mother was a midwife, and taught him everything he knew!

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Christmas and New Year Shifts

Thought I would dedicate this post to all those nurses and nursing staff working shifts over the Christmas and New Year period, and to the poor individuals who find themselves assigned with the thankless task of trying to cover those gaps in the off-duty, making fruitless phone call after fruitless phone call.

This is a time of year where nursing really counts - academics have always found nursing very hard to define, because nursing can often really be an interstitial role - nurses fill all the gaps left by every other healthcare profession, and never more so than at Christmas.

You would imagine that Christmas, and a christmas staffing crisis, would be fairly predictable, and therefore avoidable in the modern go-ahead super-managed NHS. Instead all too often, we find ourselves struggling to find an agency with available staff, and asking the dedicated few to take on even longer shifts in understaffed care environments, as all around the sickness list grows longer.

Good luck everybody, and enjoy the festive season!

Here's to Peace and Health in 2005


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