Nurses and Legal: “Getting Out of Medical Centralization”

6,293. This is the number of candidates standing in the general elections on June 12 and 19. And contrary to what one might think, the apolitical reputation of nurses is so strong, we see a good number of professional representatives among these aspiring deputies. Thus, of the eight outgoing nursing deputies (all from a presidential majority), six stand for re-election. But there are also candidates, from all political persuasions, who have never been elected and who want to bring the voices of the caregivers to the Palace-Bourbon. What is their background? What are their aspirations?

To better understand these nurses who have chosen to conquer the countryside, newborn or mature, interviewed three of them, including Serin Mauborgne, the liberal nurse (Idol) and the outgoing deputy in charge (presidential majority). After the first term where he sat on the defense committee, he will find himself in the ranks again and will stand again in front of the voters.

The five years you have spent in Parliament, have you been able to practice your nursing profession?

Not in the first two years: I sold my shares at the firm where I practiced. But I resumed an activity in March 2020, during a health crisis. For ten weeks I was an occasional associate in the public service, available to the Director General of the Paca Regional Health Organization, where I work with elected officials. I also support the creation of CPTS (Territorial Professional Health Community, Editor’s Note) arising out of the crisis. Subsequently, I had a freelance transplant, I had a vaccine, I worked in a hospital, especially this winter as part of a white plan …

If you are re-elected, do you want to continue these interventions?

Yes, during my vacation, because there are a lot of replacement issues, especially in my constituency. Even if for the upcoming summer period, I still save my answer, because legal activity can be very sustainable.

What was your extra value as caring in the assembly during your mandate?

I would first like to mention that if there are many nurses in our parliamentary group, it is because Emanuel Macron wanted the deputies to be feminized and exposed to civil society. I think we nurses have succeeded in representing their diversity, and we have succeeded in convincing our medical colleagues that we need to move beyond medical centralization. Inter-professional cooperation was almost an oath in the face of some deputies at the beginning of the legislature. Today, we are not talking about nurses, nursing assistants, and just doctors. I think we were able to be an entry point for our IDE colleagues at the gathering: we were the first to talk about promoting advanced practice, recognition of the nurse’s key role, and so on. Finally, we provided technical support for our non-medical MP colleagues who were challenged by field nurses.

Do you have any regrets?

In preparation for “My Health 2022” we took on some issues in 2018 that we could not adequately advance. I think we can better use the skills of the idols for expert advice, tele-skills and the help of doctors, for example, in less area of ​​resources. Moreover, death certificates are not yet open to nurses, the doctors’ orders really put a spokes on our wheels about this, where there are dramatic situations, corpses lying for hours and waiting to find a professional who agrees to come and do it. Certificates.

Would you say that some nurses are holding back the response to the crisis that the healthcare system is currently facing, for example in the emergency room?

They have part of the answer, but they are overwhelmed. There is a shortage of doctors, but there is also a shortage of nurses, which forces us to close our medicine beds and lack of downstream beds, and therefore extra traffic jams in the emergency room … it is the snake itself biting the tail!

Can’t we consider that this tragic situation is part of the outcome of the five-year term?

Considering the condition the hospital was in when we arrived, we should not be surprised that the measures take time to bear fruit: debt repurchase, investment, staffing at FC, all of these are nothing and will make an impact. But I’m not the type to hold my handkerchief over problems, I look at them seriously and with commitment, and that’s what I want nurses to do in the assembly.

Interview by Adrien Renaud

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