I have spoken with many people working in the Health Care sector, who are concerned that the move to university training has changed the opportunities for those born with a vocational calling who wish to provide the crucial core nursing care. The move driven by unions, to establish nursing more as a profession than a vocational calling has meant some thing has been lost in the process.
We should restore hospital-based vocational training, to ensure that a high proportion of our nurses have a vocational orientation. Whilst highly educated and higher skilled nurses are now an integral and vital part of the healthcare team, the all-important core nursing skills need to be restored.
There are certain human elements in nursing that simply cannot be imparted to a nurse through University Training.
This is becoming particularly important in the area of mental health as well as in other areas of care.