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AB Editor | 09:57 Wed 29th Feb 2012 | Health & Fitness
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  • No, treatment should come first. - 116 votes
  • 52%
  • Yes, compassion is the most important part of their job. - 108 votes
  • 48%

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No point in being compassionate and forgetting the work of healing the patient
But it should be an as well as not an either or... seriously though sometimes over caring can get in the way of delivering a good service and thats not as hardnosed as it seems if you get too caught up empotionally you can burn out and be no good to those who depend on you its a matter of...
10:06 Wed 29th Feb 2012
But that is the don't need to be a Professional (large P) to act in a professional (small p) manner when it comes to the care and treatment of other human beings.
............. Some are though, depends on the University and the degree obtained.

The best thing they have done in my opinion is raise tuition fees!! A whole new topic ;o)
That was following my comment, not in answer to Jack who snuck in there!!!
This question shouldn't only apply to nurses, it should apply to ANY healthcare professionals - including the doctors at all levels, allied health professionals, and not forgetting health/care assistants, who are often the people charged with dealing with routine patient care suitable for a non-registered member of healthcare staff. Don't dump it all on the nurses.
boxy.....I agree entirely with your comment, but the OP was

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I agree with em10 and Tinkerbell and especially Horseshoes. I did my training in Scotland at a place called Stracathro Hospital .Brechin. This was in the mid 50's. I did not have any degrees in fact I was not very clever at all at school. We started 3 months in training school and 3 months in the wards for the first year. You were terrified of the Sister and when you knew Matron was on her rounds it was like being in the army. If ever I have to visit a hospital I look in dismay at the nurses standing altogether laughing and joking. No caps .Hair past there collar. Never would have been allowed in my day. You even have to go and look for them sometimes . You really have to be dedicated to the job. I loved it and in my later years worked in elderly people's nursing homes.
Whilst sitting in a waiting room at the hospital a couple of weeks ago, I thought how so many of the nurses looked scruffy and sloppy, and some not very hygienic. What I didn't like was the fact that a couple of them were walking about eating sandwiches whilst they were working.
My thoughts entireley Loftie. Would never been allowed in my day.
Shortly after my operation in 2010 I posted this question;

I've put this link up because there were some fine answers given by people not posting at the moment. It covers much of the same ground and issues raised by this poll but might give readers some additional information.
Ha, ha, come to think of it one of them was eating a prepared salad with a fork!!!

There are some things that were better in the 'olden' days Wendilla. Medical knowledge was not so good but nurses really did look after you in all respects. Remember convalascent homes???? Nowadays it's straight home almost the next day after a major op!!
I cannot vote in this poll. It is like being asked if you would like your teeth pulled without anasthetic or just a little bit. The nurses who looked after me during my last stay in hospital were all brimful of compassion and fully trained in my treatment. So I am voting option C. Both compassion and knowledge
Feel as if im banging on...

SOME are scruffy (seriously i nearly died) thats a reflection of that person..and possibly their ward manager who should pull them aside and tell them to clean up.

I wouldnt dream of wearing jewellery, having hair past my collar, wearing scruffy shoes or anything but black socks!!

When we first started training in 2009 there was a line up at one point of some student who were "ripped apart for uniform- or lack of....

I once forgot to take my cardi off (non uniform blue cardi in community as it was cold) and was politely told to remove it...

It is part of the final sign off each placement wheter we adhered to uniform- we also done peer assesments. Recently my local hospital stopped us wearing uniform to and from work (quite right i say) even down to the shoes!!! And there are "uniform police" (lol) .....x
Ps lottie- once last year i took a bottle of water that id put in the ward fridge out for a sip - i poured it into a disposable cup ... We had been told not to gather in the kitchen as its not good for relatives to see and someone should be at te desk so i stepped aside as there were two in the kitchen and stood by the desk and took a sip! Next thing i was in trouble off my managers manager who told me to drink elswhere!!!! But i thought i was doing the right thing!

Uurgh cant imagine eating a sandwich whilst on the ward x
tink, see similar post. ive seen nurses in the supermarket wearing scrubs and id badges !
I have recently come to the conclusion that if you really "care" about people then the caring profession is possibly not for you, it can be very hard work just fighting for the rights of those in care, especially in the field of the vulnerable. This is one of the reasons I will soon be leaving that profession.
well RATTER, im sorry to hear that !
I don't understand the question. Can't there be compassionate treatment? clearly are a caring person and good at your job is abandoning the job of caring for the elderly going to help them?

"When the going gets tough, the tough get going"
Yes, one should follow after the other. If you are compassionate you should also be able to deal with the treatment. I see how treatment can be put first without compassion but not the other way around.
I won't vote.Obviously treatment is important- that's why you're there in the first place.Can't see why anyone would want to be a nurse if they didn't have compassion-don't think you can teach that. I agree with horseshoes,LoftyLottie and wendilla-why a degree?Several of my friends who passed the "Qualifying test" but weren't clever? enough to get their Highers went into nursing.(in the 40's).Two of them became Matrons through sheer dedication and love of their job. I think the S.E.N. system was good and the convalescent hospitals where patients went after an operation There might be less bed-blocking.I have sympathy for nurses when the wards are under-stffed etc and they sometimes have to put up with abuse from patients and relatives,too much paperwork.Too many chiefs and not enough Indians!

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