Ingrid, a journalist from the Netherlands, interviewed me about the Eden-Alternative in Europe a few weeks ago. The name of the magazine she writes for is “2025“. The name was chosen because 2025 is the peak of ageing in the Netherlands. At the same time, it came to my mind that a large proportion of the current (also large) cohort of experienced nurses and other carers will be retired. A deep care-gap is foreseeable. Nobody seems alarmed. No true human resource policy or management initiatives are in sight. More so, nursing and caring worldwide undergoes serious devaluation*: “Widespread cost constraints and sociopolitical attitudes that devalue care, lead to erosion of working conditions, with resultant potentially catastrophic nurse shortages“. Is Europe sleepwalking into disaster?
As an ever optimistic person, this does not often happen to me, but somehow, for a day, I was left speechless.
*Original article: The Devaluation of Nursing: a position statement, by Helen Allan, Verena Tschudin and Khim Horton, University of Surrey, UK, published in Nursing Ethics 15 (4) 2008 p 549 – 556
— Christa Monkhouse