What makes a good flack: 'Is it nature, nurture or chutzpah?' says Gina Sharp
You might have seen in the news that Jane Cummings, Britain's chief nursing officer, has called on the nation's nurses to show more compassion. The problem, apparently, is that nurses are now recruited by the NHS on their ability to pass exams. One of the ideas mooted was to teach compassion to undergraduate nurses.
Call me old fashioned, but I think that whilst you can teach people skills, some students will always be outperformed by the naturals. It goes without saying this is true of other vocations that call for humanists with good listening skills, empathy and warmth, such as counsellors, doctors, social workers and, don't laugh, public relationships experts. Well, we are spin-doctors after all. Spin doctors cum counsellors cum teachers in many respects.