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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A few weeks ago I was talking to a ward sister about some amazing work she had done to reduce incidence of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers on her ward.
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.
‘Why is bowel care given such a low priority?’Subscription
Reading the Francis report I was struck by the number of references to poor bowel and bladder care. Yet continence care has always been an essential part of nurses’ work.
New code of conduct for HCAsSubscription
A new code of conduct has been published for healthcare support workers, which promises to protect the public by promoting best practice.
Long-awaited national minimum training standards for healthcare support workers have been published today, as part of the government’s initial response to the Francis report.
Nurses should be present at every interaction between a doctor and their patients.
As a nurse why should you be bothered about the upcoming Francis Report? Here’s seven reasons why
Returning to practice: registering with the NMCSubscription
To practise as a nurse in the UK, you must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
I recently read the novel Even the Dogs, which is a fascinating insight into the lives of homeless and vulnerable people. The author Jon McGregor describes the stark realities of living on the edge of society, but what is most striking are his references to the importance of touch. He writes about how infrequently positive touch occurs in his characters’ lives, and describes one experience of a consultation with a nurse:
In his book Do No Harm retired neurosurgeon Henry Marsh described the irritation of taking time away from his work to sit though mandatory training.
I wonder if anyone was surprised by the recent news that a group of GP practices have been placed into special measures.
A few weeks ago I went to see Still Alice and cried. Despite close contact with people with dementia it was a shock to see a middle-aged woman with the condition, her rapid decline and the impact her illness had on those around her. As a woman in my fifties I was also frightened by what the future might hold.
I don’t watch Top Gear, and perhaps my dented and increasingly rusty Ford KA explains why. But I am interested in the Jeremy Clarkson affair because until now he has been one of the “untouchables”.
The revelations of the Francis Inquiry into care at Mid Staffordshire hospital two years ago made shocking reading. How could something like this happen in our NHS?
The rhetoric of providing health care in the community, away from hospital, has been with us for years but the recent media coverage of problems in EDs illustrates how little progress has been made in shifting care from hospitals to primary care services.
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?