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UCAS deletes ‘misleading and offensive’ advice on nursing careers after Twitter backlash

RCN intervenes as nurses pour scorn on UCAS for downplaying the profession

RCN intervenes as nurses pour scorn on UCAS for downplaying the profession

The offending wording on the UCAS website before it was deleted

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) has agreed to re-write its 'outdated' nursing job description after nurses said it did not reflect the profession.

A description of the role on the careers section of the UCAS website had included a line claiming that nurses ‘support doctors and other medical staff, take blood and urine samples’.

 

We might want to collectively challenge UCAS on their current job profile for nursing...

“You’ll provide support to doctors and other medical staff, take blood and urine samples....”

Eh? 🤷🏻‍♂️

How To Become A Nurse | Explore Jobs | UCAS https://t.co/TkGUehu8xJ

— Paul Galdas (@PaulGaldas) October 16, 2019

 

Nursing professor in call for Twitter protest

The down-playing of the profession sparked a backlash when University of York professor of nursing Paul Galdas posted a link to the page on Twitter, calling on people to 'collectively challenge' UCAS for promoting an outmoded image of nurses.

 

On Thursday morning UCAS conceded the wording 'didn't reflect the amazing work that nurses across the country do every day'.

Taking action to better reflect nursing roles

A spokesperson added: ‘We are in touch with nursing experts to help us make sure we better reflect the roles and responsibilities of nurses today.’

An RCN spokesperson said the UCAS blurb was misleading and offensive, adding: ‘UCAS have noted that and are right to commit to changing it. We are working urgently with nursing partners across the UK to set the record straight today.’

 


 

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