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I have been working at National Health Service full-time (More than 5 years)
being able to make a difference to patients stay, doing the best you can with your time and personal values. Making every patient feel as if they are unique and treating all as individuals. The tiniest thing act of kindness can make the difference to the patient and family of a persons stay in hospital. Often there is not enough people on the ground and when you have a good team of people all working together with the same values and mind set it makes a difference to everyone's day. There are no perks to working for the NHS except YOU can make a difference to making someone's day better if you treat people as you would like to be treated No matter what.
Not enough staff, too many managers managing managers. Having to practically beg for the most basic of poor quality items to do your job well. Too much pressure from the top who only seem to want to demoralize the staff who are still working and taking pride in their part to play in this large machine, where only targets seem to matter. Leadership seems to be minimal for the lowest on the NHS ladder. Nurses having to go without breaks for both eating and toilet breaks especially if they have patients scoring high on tracking scores. Imagine not even daring to go for a wee??? Having to work 13 hours so if staffing allows you get two half hour breaks. Working on a ward with 25/26 beds all full and there only being two qualified nurses and one N/A to support all of these. Or a 52 bed ward with only ONE housekeeper on each side to clean the ward, all the bathrooms and deliver 3 meals to each and every patient.
Advice to Management
Please, please take into account that some of us like in principle the job we are doing and give us more support. Go back to the good old days were you started on the shop floor gained experience and if you wanted moved up the ladder. People are not commodities and you should not be conducting time and motion studies to see how long it takes to admit a patient, they are not all the same, some are more needy than others. People are not machines. Management should not be from Electricity, Gas, Engineering profit making backgrounds living people don't function like that, you at the top should know what it's like on the shop floor.