Clinical editor Eileen Shepherd brings to Nursing Times her extensive experience of being a nurse in the NHS in a variety of specialties and roles. Eileen trained at Charing Cross Hospital in London, completing a four-year diploma in nursing. She worked as a staff nurse in cardiothoracic nursing and was rapidly promoted to ward sister in general surgery. Since then she has worked in a variety of senior clinical roles and has also worked as a bank and agency nurse during her career.
Using her nursing and clinical experience, Eileen was invited to work as a consultant on two major national projects with the Audit Commission, one on nursing itself, the other on the care of the older person.
Eileen has worked as a freelance writer and editor for 20 years, using her invaluable nursing knowledge to communicate with a specialist audience. She joined the Nursing Times team in 2003 as supplements editor and is now clinical editor, responsible for planning and commissioning the clinical content. As well as using her own knowledge and experience, she works closely with a team of clinical advisers and with professional organisations to ensure that the clinical content is what nurses need, topical and up-to-date.
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The government has not included feedback evidence from patients and families as part of performance appraisal in its response to the recommendations made by Robert Francis QC’s public inquiry into Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust.
Trusts need to make it clear to patient who is looking after them by using clear name badges, job titles and uniforms, according to the government.
There will be no mandatory obligation for ward nurse managers have supervisory status, according to the government response to the Francis Report published today.
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When I was a student nurse we were taught that gloves created a barrier between the nurse and patient. So for much of my early nursing career I thought nothing of changing soiled beds, emptying commodes and gathering up sputum pots with bare hands. Although I also remember being obsessed with washing my hands at every available opportunity.
I was struck last night by a tweet which quoted a CEO of an NHS Trust saying “I’m running the biggest nursing home in Europe. We haven’t done any elective work in years”.
In my job as clinical editor I see the latest trends in quality improvement as hospitals quickly implement the latest policy or idea but I often wonder what happens in the long term when the initial fuss has died down? How often do we see a five or ten year follow-up of a nursing innovation?
- Have you ever had a near miss with a blood transfusion?
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- Should we charge for GP appointments?
- Are you comfortable talking to patients about sex issues?
- How would you define the roles and responsibilities of nurses undertaking advanced practice?
- Why do we wash patients in the morning?
- Are healthcare professionals afraid to discuss spiritual needs with patients?