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Ministers propose mandatory English language test for nurses

30-Jan-2015 | By The Press Association

Nurses from the European Union may soon be required to take a test proving they are suitably equipped to speak English before working in the NHS.

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Work starts on national training framework for nurses in community

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The country’s first national training framework for district and practice nurses is being drawn up in a bid to improve workforce planning and boost treatment in settings outside of hospitals.

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'We need to use assessments wisely, not hide behind them'

'We need to use assessments wisely, not hide behind them' Subscription Required


I admitted a frail older patient to the ward last week and began the daunting task of completing all the paperwork.

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Sharing stories helps nurses learn by seeing care from a different perspective

Using patient storytelling in nurse education Subscription Required


Patient stories can offer students opportunities to gain insight into how care affects their patients’ experiences, and to reflect and learn from this.

Some nurses think 12-hour shifts are too long for them to always work at their best

The 12-hour shift: friend or foe? Subscription Required


Working 12-hour shifts can benefit staff and healthcare organisations but the risks and potential adverse outcomes must be carefully considered and mitigated against.

Changes introduced into the revised NMC code

Changes introduced into the revised NMC code Subscription Required


The updated NMC code addresses concerns about recent care failings and requirements of the revalidation system to be introduced at the end of 2015.

An evaluation of storytelling in the NHS

An evaluation of storytelling in the NHS Subscription Required


An evaluation of storytelling in NHS organisations has revealed it has great potential to improve services and patient experience, and can develop staff caring capabilties.

Principles of transmission-based precautions

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Nursing Times Learning has launched a unit on patient isolation, in association with the Infection Prevention Society, which explores precautions to prevent infection spread.

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Dementia and the family


‘This is a book that is aimed at families although the author does suggest that other carers, either paid or unpaid might also benefit from the ideas contained within it and I have no reason to disagree with this.’

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Experienced nurses could learn a thing or two from their younger selves

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Nurse and midwife strike action suspended after new pay offer


NHS trade unions have suspended a 12 hour strike on Thursday, after the government appeared to give in to union demands offering a 1% pay rise to NHS staff.

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Rise in TB cases has been a painful lesson


In healthcare nothing stands still or stays the same.

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Are hospital Chaplaincy services really under the knife and is urgent action necessary?

Are hospital chaplaincy services really under the knife and is urgent action necessary?


There are many financial pressures and problems being faced by the NHS and it is clear that 2015 is set to be another difficult year for health authorities up and down the country.

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Talking with patients about their desired end-of-life care will ensure a better death

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Conversations about end-of-life care can be challenging, even for experienced nurses. The Conversation Project has improved staff skills in an acute setting.

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