The ABC of Nurses
Peter Cross and Sabina Dosani demystify the latter day followers of Florence Nightingale
- By: Peter Cross, Sabina Dosani
Nurses are the single largest group in the NHS and the private health sector. They perform a baffling array of jobs and many possess skills and knowledge useful to medical students and house officers, so it pays to know more about them and what they do.
Sometimes known as nursing assistants, auxiliary nurses are not formally qualified and are delegated to do most of the menial jobs. Medical students sometimes work as auxiliary nurses. It is a good introduction to ward work, and pays better than pulling pints.
If you are having difficulty communicating with elderly patients you might need some practical help. These nurses, formerly known as “geriatric nurses” can pass on important skills from how to change hearing aid batteries to conversing sensitively with dying patients. Some have extra qualifications in palliative care.
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