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08-02-2019, 14:50   #31
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Do you like Coppers? Can I find a nurse there?
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08-02-2019, 15:42   #32
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Do you think if the Government brought in a policy making nurses complete 3 years post college in Irish hospitals or fees would be recouped would help the staffing situation and make hospitals safer for patients?
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Is the response time here typical of the HSE?
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Is the response time here typical of the HSE?
This thread is also covered by the remit of the strike unfortunately
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With regard to the strike, have you had any negative reaction from people 'in real life' - particularly patients and their families (who actually witness the work you do, day in, day out), or is that sort of unpleasantness confined to a minority of malcontents on the internet, none of whom have ever expressed a nice opinion in their lives?
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08-02-2019, 16:06   #36
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Hi Everyone.

I am sorry for the delay in answering any questions but I will get on in a couple of hours once I get home from work. Thanks for all the questions so far and I'll be back on very soon

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Are the Nurses getting paid while on strike

Are the INMO and PNA Nurses getting paid while on strike? I've heard rumours that they are and, if so, it is very peculiar. I have never before heard of Union members on an official strike getting paid by their employer.

So, a straight answer would be welcome please - are the Nurses who are striking getting paid?
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Do you believe all nurses are caring/kind?
We often hear in the media about the nurses being lovely and kind/etc and most of them are. Do you ever encounter nurses who aren't?
I know a good few nurses my age late twenties.
Some just wanted to go to UCC(sort of keeping up with the Joneses) and it was sort of a job for life in a way and they'd threat people quite badly in reality.
I'd also note most of the nurses I've encountered are lovely and kind.
Do you think some people shouldn't have become nurses? Yes/No and Why?
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Hi Everyone,

Again I am sorry for the delay but I was in work today

Thank you to Niamh and Mark for sorting out this thread also.

Before I get to some answers I just wanted to introduce myself a little.

I have been a nurse for 10 years, in my 30s. In those 10 years I have worked as a general nurse in a specialist medical ward, an out patients clinic for a little while as they were short staffed at the time, a bank nurse (hours as required wherever you are needed) and an Emergency Department. I then made a move to children's nursing (best decision I've ever made) and I now work in a surgical ward that also deals with medical patients.

I have spent 7 years in University, 4 for my degree and 3 further years completing 4 different courses to further my knowledge and my professional development.

All of this is important for me to let you all know as it may show that I do have a broad experience of acute hospitals.

I know this thread will be dominated by all that is currently in the news with the strike and everything else and I am happy to answer what I can but please remember I, like everyone else, have my own opinions. I would love however if people would aslo ask whatever other questions they may have to better understand what a nurse does.

Speaking of the strike, I am a member of a union and I have been picketing and although I will speak about it again I just want to say a huge thank you to every person who has shown support over the past number of months

Here we go....
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We often hear about the over staffing in middle management in the HSE. Can you give some specific examples and how this affects you and your colleagues?

FWIW I had a lot of experiences dealing with a sick parent a few years ago. He was often in hospital. I thought ye were almost all excellent, but overworked, and excessive administration that could be made more efficient.

But I'd like to hear more about the issues that concern overstaffing in management.

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First, thanks for the work that you do, I understand how demoralising it is to be understaffed and still be expected to provide the best care for your patients.

Is there any support for the idea of living-rate allowances so that nurses working in higher-cost places such as Dublin can be paid more than their country counterparts?

Has anybody complained to you about being called "Pet"?
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First of all thank you for acknowledging how demoralising it is as you are completely correct. The burn out associated with not being able to provide best care to patient's causes massive strain on nurses, particularly when it is due to under-staffing.

When I first went into nursing I remember being told that you got paid more for working in Dublin.... that was untrue! It works in London so I do think it is something that should be looked into and has been discussed throughout the years, however, Where do you draw the line considering the cost of living has increased everywhere over the past number of years. I have actually moved out of Dublin as I could not afford to rent there any longer. Despite commuting costs it still works out cheaper to rent in a commuter town that it would to rent a 1 bed in Dublin.

I personally have never ever received a complaint for calling somebody pet or other pet names, however, I did work with a nurse who a formal complaint was made about because she used a pet name for a patient. Although I would have rarely used a pet name whilst looking after adults I find it difficult to not use pet names when caring for children I absolutely 100% agree that patient names should be used, never ever ever called by their bed/room number or other terms.

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What is your opinion on Simon Harris?
I personally feel he is out of his depth. He is actually a nice man to be honest which makes me sad as I felt he was making a difference compared to previous ministers.

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What's your basic pay,allowances and overtime.
My basic pay, which is available online, works out at roughly 2,400 net/month. I do not work any overtime but it is the same hourly rate as usual when you do. We get paid unsociable hours between 1800-2000 and double pay for a Sunday. I do not receive any allowances at present. I did receive allowances previous jobs due to specialist areas.

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Are restrictive working practices and Union 'rules' in our hospitals stopping any real reform of the health sector?
I am sorry but just to clarify, do you mean at present due to strike action?
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Have you ever worked abroad or ever been tempted on going abroad?
I have not worked abroad, I stayed in Ireland. However, I have considered it many times. I have been offered a job in both London and Dubai previously. I did not accept the job in London after qualification as I was offered a specialist ward in Ireland that I felt would be very beneficial to gain experience in.

The Dubai job came about at the same time I received an offer to complete a course so I decided to stay and complete that instead.

I am considering going though in the next year or 2 as at present myself and my partner are broke and cannot afford to save for a mortgage so I am considering leaving for financial reasons
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Are you being paid while you are on strike.

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Do you have a bedside locker? Whats in your bedside locker?

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What are the main roster arrangements that you see amongst your colleagues and what are the %'s on each of them i.e. how many are on a 3 day week on long shifts
The main roster arrangements I see are either 3 or 4 day weeks (I wonder how many people know we work an extra day every 4-6 weeks for free) and night duty which is either a week with mixed nights and days or 7 nights on either in a row or split with 7 nights off in the middle. Nursing managers and specialists mainly work Monday to Friday however, many managers also do weekends. More senior managers also do nights. If you work a 3 or 4 day week, it is generally a 13 hour shift. Nights are 12 hours.

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Do you know of any nurses who work full time for the HSE and also supplement that with agency nursing? How widespread is it?
I personally don't know anyone who is employed by the HSE and an agency. I do however know many nurses who will do extra bank nurse shifts either in their own hospital or in a private hospital. I know one couple who did 4 bank shifts each a month. It worked out at approx 200 extra a month.... no chance i'd offer to do 4 extra shifts a month for 200.... but that is just me!!
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