“Why we are supporting the campaign to protect the title ‘nurse’ in the law”
The NHS Retirement Fellowship is the national charity that supports all retired NHS staff. With over half a million years of vital experience in the NHS, our members, the vast majority of whom are nurses, remain passionate about the service and careers to which they have dedicated their working lives.
So it’s fair to say that when news of the campaign to protect the title of nurse broke it sparked outrage from our members and a firm agreement that we absolutely should make our 7 voices heard. 500 members and more.
Many of our nursing members continue to be deeply attached to their local hospitals, with a significant number working on a voluntary basis in wards (especially during more normal periods). Some have given up on retirement to go back and support the NHS at its hour of need during the pandemic, returning as vaccinators or testing center marshals.
They do this because professional ability and the desire to care are part of their own personal DNA. They get their rewards for a job well done and pride in calling themselves a nurse.
“Everyone who responded to our discussion on this topic felt that it absolutely should be a protected title.”
So to consider that this is not a professional title that they have earned the right to use over years of study, training, work and dedication has caused both anger and resentment. distress.
Many members told us they were shocked to learn that this was not already a protected title for those with the right training and skills to use, and anyone who responded to our discussion on this topic. felt that there should absolutely be a protected title recognizing nursing. as a profession with competent and highly skilled individuals.
Pauline said: “When I first graduated as a licensed practical nurse, I received a letter saying that I had the right to call myself a nurse. At the time, I thought it meant something, but of course, I’ve since found out that these were just empty words. I guess to make us feel good and think we’ve accomplished something.
Is this how the nurses who paved the way for the generation of Covid-19 nurses today should be thinking about retiring to their profession now and for the future?
Julia summed it up perfectly: “I am very convinced that the title of nurse must be protected by law. We all worked very hard to become nurses and I, along with many others I’m sure, were proud of the job I had in the NHS from 1968 until I retired in 2011 ( including four years as a student and a break in the middle). The legal protection of this title does not diminish the value of those who support nurses i.e. nursing assistants, however they are not qualified nurses but provide invaluable support and often use their experience as a step towards their registration.
“Doctors, paramedics, physiotherapists and occupational therapists, for example, can only use the titles if they have the appropriate qualification and are registered as such. This should be the same position for nurses, protected by law, and would help prevent fraudulent use of the title. “
Lyn stressed that protecting the nursing title ensures that the public is protected “by the legal and moral obligation that such a title advocates.” She added: “I have given my life to maintain my role and responsibility to myself, my profession and the public – the fact that anyone can call themselves a nurse if they choose is an insult to the sacrifices we make. , as registrants. nurses, done on a daily basis.
Many of our members feared that unless the nursing title was protected, the progress made within the profession to be recognized as this – a profession – would be lost and that it would be a step backwards.
Marie said: “Nursing has worked hard to promote and maintain their professional status. From humble beginnings as untrained midwives to professional graduates and graduates, nursing is a vital key in the NHS, losing any status would be detrimental to everything the NHS stands for. “
We know the passion, pride and principles that drive each of our members and we see it especially in our nursing members. We will do everything possible to support this petition to ensure that the professionalism that our members have worked so hard to achieve is not diminished and that current and future generations of nurses can benefit from the foundations built by our members to set careers. professional that they are choosing at the heart of the NHS.
Our Managing Director John Rostill is a former Managing Director of the NHS in the West Midlands. He said, “I know nurses cherish their professionalism and they have reason to be concerned. Any suggestion that this is not formally and legally recognized must be fought and we are happy to support this campaign.
Lucia Hiden is Communications Manager for the NHS Retirement Fellowship. For more information about the organization and how to join, visit www.nhsrf.org.uk