Nurses unable to train locally at King's Lynn hospital, Lynn News letters
Sad that we can’t train enough nurses in the UK to meet our needs.
Many years ago, before nursing became a degree profession, King’s Lynn hospital had a fantastically rated School of Nursing, producing two trained groups of nurses each academic year. The school closed when student nurses had to attend university and, of course, student nurses who come out of training at Norwich, Cambridge and other big centres rarely want to come to a district hospital like Lynn, for obvious reasons. Sadly, neither do consultants or so it seems.
However, we now have a university centre at the Norfolk College, where students are studying for numerous and varied degrees. We have a fabulous hospital in the QEH and between the two, surely we could locally train many of the nurses we need and they would stay because they are local?
Many people, myself included, did Access to Nursing courses when they were mature students with young families. They would like to have gone on to full nurse training on the job at Lynn but were not, and are still not, able to because there is simply no provision nearby. They cannot travel daily to the universities and hospitals where training is provided now because they have responsibilities near home. So it’s not a level playing field is it?
Aspiring teachers also had the same issue locally up until a few years ago, but now they can do a local degree and train “on the job” for the teaching qualification year in a school.
I do hope Caroline Shaw, the new QEH director, can bring some pressure to bear for the many local people who would love to train locally to become a nurse but at present can’t and who must be very frustrated to see the QEH having to recruit abroad.
Personally I hope that eventually a UK government may see sense and make medicine and teaching students’ courses fee free. Until they do we will never have enough of these professionals.