The NHS- A Nurse's Perspective

Last week, I interviewed a discharge liason support worker and asked her the following six questions:

  • Do you think the NHS should be privatised?

"No. Everyone should be able to access care, regardless of money."

  • When and why did you join the National Health Service?

"I joined eight years ago, when I was eighteen, because I wanted to help people and train as a nurse."

  • Do you enjoy your occupation?

"Yes. I enjoy my work."

  • Has anyone attempted to assault you or your colleagues?

"Unfortunately, I have had patients try to assault me on several occasions. Mostly patients who are confused and do not know what they are doing."

  • How long are you planning to work at the NHS?

"I am unsure how long I plan to work here, but I don't plan on leaving at the moment."

  • Tell me about your career.

"Currently in my role, I help patients who are well enough to leave the hospital. I arrange for them to go into a cottage hospital to improve their walking. Otherwise, I arrange carers to help them at home or for them to go into a nursing one. Previously to this, I have had several roles on different wards within the hospital."

Comments (3)

  • tom Tom @ the BNC
    23 Mar 2020

    Thank you for showing open-mindedness to do this interview! Can you tell us more about how you set it up and why you chose these questions? It's sad to hear of the risks that nurses face. There are a lot of steps hospitals take to keep their staff safe.

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      Tom @ the BNC's comment 23 Mar 2020

      The Set-Up:

      One of the staff that work in my afterschool club, Dani, has a best friend; she works at the NHS as a discharge liaison support worker. I wrote the questions on a piece of paper and gave it to Dani. She then passed them to her. I received the answers a couple of days afterwards.

      The thought behind these questions:

      I chose these questions because I was curious to hear a nurse's perspective- what it would be like working at the NHS. Risking your life every day. The problems you must face. I wanted to be in a nurse's shoes. To think about everything they do for us.

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      1. tom Tom @ the BNC
        fulfilled_starfruit's comment 23 Mar 2020

        Thank you for explaining this for us. Well done for being a researcher and an interviewer!

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