Nurses working for NHS Direct face yet more uncertainty as it emerged that their employer may not continue to deliver the new NHS 111 service beyond the end of next March.
Almost all the nursing regulator’s council members have been replaced in a complete overhaul designed to improve how the Nursing and Midwifery Council operates.
In the hotseat
The healthcare assistant proposal is expensive, will lead to an unstable workforce and it adds risks to patient care, says Trish Morris-Thompson
This Week's Practice
Community matrons work closely with people with long-term conditions and are well placed to identify the reasons why this group are often readmitted to hospitals
Francis has called for a focus on compassion and caring, continence is a vital aspect of care and nurses need to ensure high standards
Behind the Rituals
We reported this week that the chance of infection in wards varies dramatically depending on whether nursing staff leave the windows open.
If your kitchen smoke detector starts to shriek, do you: (a) cover your ears and assume the din will eventually stop, or (b) act immediately to keep you and your loved ones safe?
Putting it into practice
Now the initial flurry of media attention relating to this year’s Francis report has subsided, it is a good time to take stock.
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Behind the Headlines
Nursing Book club
‘This book should be considered by students of nursing who are going to embark on placements within cancer wards and palliative care’
Weekly news focus
The nursing profession and its leaders have failed to adequately respond to the problems highlighted by the care failings at Mid Staffordshire, according to Robert Francis QC.
Rapid tranquillisation on mental health wards is much-debated.
Speak out Safely
60 seconds with
60 seconds with...Jan Quallington, head of the Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester
We talk to Jan Quallington, head of the Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester, who has been a nurse since 1981.