The state of health and social care in the UK never seems to be out of the news. With public perceptions of the NHS and healthcare in the UK at an all-time low, it is evident within the NHS that it is at crisis point, in particular with regard to recruiting and retaining nurses. According to the Kings Fund,there has been a significant decline in nursing numbers over the past three years, with the Nursing and Midwifery Council reporting that more nurses are leaving than joining the profession. The impact of stress and anxiety on staff morale, a reduction in EU staff since Brexit, an exodus of EU nurses leaving the NHS, and the longstanding cap on nursing salaries have all contributed to this.
Despite this negativity, a broad approach is needed to address the issues. This lecture seeks to highlight the positive and rewarding experiences of nursing, as well as addressing the reasons why the number of men entering the profession has always been low. It is evident that there is still a perception amongst the public that it is a female profession, or that it has been sexualised, or that it simply isn’t “macho” enough. Through discussing his own career in nursing, Sean will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the profession and explain why it is a good career choice for everyone.
Sean Morton is a Senior Lecturer in Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at the University of Lincoln. He qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1993 from St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, and his first staff nurse post was in acute neurosurgery at the Royal London Hospital where he developed an interest in head injury and assessment. During this time he studied for his Bachelor’s degree, with a focus on the Use and Abuse of the Glasgow Coma Scale for his dissertation. He moved in 1995 to Accident and Emergency/Trauma nursing and worked alongside HEMS treating trauma patients. In 1999, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona and worked as a staff, then charge nurse, in a Level One trauma centre. During this time he studied for and completed his MA in Organisational Management, experiences in Quality Management, Clinical Education, and finally as Assistant Professor in nursing, which led him to education. In 2007 he returned to the UK and after a brief management post in the NHS, looking at Strategic Workforce planning, secured a lecturer position at University of Nottingham and then at the University of Lincoln. He continues to have an interest in trauma and head injury management, as well as management interests.
The lecture will be followed by a wine reception.
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