The Regency novel was riddled with bodice-ripping clichés, so much so that Samuel Coleridge remarked: “Where the reading of novels prevails as a habit, it occasions in time the entire destruction of the powers of the mind”. God save nursing from the equivalent of novelistic clichés. Clichés can be a substitute for intellect, a short-hand used to invoke an instant image, devoid of meaningful detail. The nurse education industry is riddled with such non-intellectual dross – ‘enter the fast-paced, dynamic environment of health care delivery’ (i.e. become a nurse), ‘enter our hands-on, creative learning environment’ (i.e. get your hands on SimMan, a universal patient simulator). It is not just that the Emperor of Nursing is stark naked, this entity constantly spews out as much babble as King George III.

The babble entrapped such as Ronak Soliemannjad: ‘When I graduated in June (2013), I definitely thought it would be easier to find a job as an RN, if not in California, then at least in another state. That’s not the case. I looked at a whole bunch of states and the thing is, I see a lot of jobs for RNs but they’re only taking RNs with experience. I see a lot of jobs that specifically say “no new grads”. I’ve started looking for jobs at assisted living and nursing homes, but the problem is, if you eventually want to work in a hospital, hospitals don’t consider that “acute” experience. You still end up with no experience in their eyes. The process has become more and more discouraging. There are so many of us with student loans that we need to start paying, but nobody is willing to take a chance on us’.

The babble ensnared such as Nhuha Le: ‘I graduated from San Jose State University in May (2013), and got my registered nurse license in July. I have been searching and applying for an RN position for seven months now and still have not found a nursing job. I have applied for jobs all over California and also other states such as Texas, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Virginia. I also applied with travel agencies but had no luck. Most RN job descriptions state “must have at least 1 year of paid or acute care RN experience.” Most new grad RN programs either rejected me or did not reply. It is frustrating to graduate with a bachelor’s degree and I cannot get an interview or a job. I am currently working as a caregiver for a home care agency, which doesn’t really require any degree. The pay is nothing close to RN pay, and it feels very unsatisfying. Every time I tell people that I am a nurse and looking for a job, they respond by telling me that it is easy for nurses to find jobs because of the nursing shortage. The truth is, new nurses are graduating and struggling to find jobs. I want people to know how bad the situation is for us’ ( , May 2013).


These comments reflect those of many newly qualified British nurses, and mirror the results of my study into the availability of jobs for newly qualified British nurses (2014). In short, most NHS Trust managers do not want SimMan trained nurses.

Whether an American or British Emperor of Nursing, the entity is both stark naked, and a peddlar of intellectual dross and false promises. The nurse education industry is feeding off those it entices into its lair with the promise of a free course. The RCN bleat about the number of foreign nurses being given jobs in Britain, yet is silent about the NMC’s role in assisting foreign nurses to gain entry visas. Explanation – the NMC’s top committee members are also RCN members, as are the majority of nurse lecturers.

The time is now to ditch the whole rotten conglomerate of self-interest that feeds off the carcase of nursing.


Free nurses and nursing from these babbling jackals.



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  1. 4 January 2015
    Dear Lenin Nightingale

    Thank you so much for your thought-provoking article.

    How can nurses obtain the experience if they are denied hands-on experience when training?

    Maybe we should think carefully de novo what “nursing” actually means. First define your definitions of “nurse” as it seems that there are grades and shades of meaning.

    Is a nurse a trainee? Is a trainee an HCA? Is an HCA a trainee to become a trainee nurse?

    There is such confusion.

    When Nurse Nightingale dramatically changed British nursing in Scutari I want to know what has happened to nursing from that time to the present?

    A “nurse” who began in the 1940’s before the NHS started, with no previous experience told me that the Sister told her that she had to keep two patients alive through the night. This was her duty. She had no previous “nursing” experience but had commonsense and a good education. She kept those two patients alive.
    To me this was the essence of nursing. Dedication and kindness and compassion with commonsense.

    Thank you so much.

  2. This is so true. Its heartbreaking to talk to newly qualified nurses and listen to their fears of being left alone in charge of a home with 70 residents, even if not all are classed as nursing cases. The care home is often the only place they can get work and get any experience. A real nurse will work wherever there are sick people
    Like USA the UK hospitals also want ‘experienced’ nurses and rely on the health care assistants to be their eyes, ears and workers. As long as this attitude by trusts prevails there will continue to be many UK graduates in all fields working in Starbucks.
    Frankly it must be a lot easier to have a holiday in Manila and come back with all the paperwork needed to land a good nursing job, knowing that the NMC will be happy to pass the paperwork as authentic

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