Hello everyone, this is my first post, and unfortunately I do it out of desperation. I'm a staff nurse at a MDHU, and work on a general surgical ward. Today I had a normal patient load on the ward, with most of them being in the 80-100(seriously) age bracket. Most of the staff on the shift, which was 14 hours long, were military. We spent the vast majority of the shift going from one patient to another, trying to just keep them clean, which is difficult when, for example, one lady stuck her fingers up her arrse and gave herself a hitler mustache, followed by full war-paint with the offending fingers. The ward on which I work has haemorrhaged staff nurses and HCA's recently, and due to the NHS trust funding crisis, these staff are not being replaced, meaning that the remaining staff find themselves doing three times as many nights as normal, and grafting a lot harder during every shift, with sometimes dangerous staffing levels. The above description aims to give the reader an insight into why i feel I must submit a posting preference within the next few days. Before I did my nurse training I was a contented CMT in a very busy field unit, and I am now wondering if it would be a good idea to head back to a field regiment as an RN. I am hoping to draw on the huge amount of experience of you fellow ARRSErs and will appreciate any advice you can give me, as the situation is becoming bleak. I don't think I can help prop up the NHS for much longer. I didn't know that by doing my nurse training I would be secretly transferred to the NHS!