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This week's Nursing Times


'Every nurse should feel able to speak up'Subscription

Whistleblowers should be regarded as heroes, thanked and celebrated.

The framework aims to standardise training

Dementia education and training frameworkSubscription

The new dementia core skills framework comprehensively details the training and knowledge needed by all staff involved in the dementia care pathway.

Revalidation: the role of the confirmer

Revalidation: the role of the confirmerSubscription

Nurses and midwives must demonstrate to a confirmer that they have met each of the revalidation requirements before the confirmer can sign a confirmation form.

Use of peritoneal dialysis in kidney disease

Use of peritoneal dialysis in kidney diseaseSubscription

Many patients with chronic kidney disease use peritoneal dialysis. Since patients are likely to present in all care settings all nurses need to understand how PD functions.

Accurate documentation and wound measurement

Accurate documentation and wound measurementSubscription

Since nurses have a duty to keep clear and accurate records, they need to know how to measure and document wounds in order to track their progress to healing.

'How do we prepare our rising stars to deal with inflexibility?'

'How do we prepare our rising stars to deal with inflexibility?'Subscription

I was invited to speak to undergraduate nurses this week to promote postgraduate studies - an enjoyable task, as they were very keen.


New petition to save bursary passes 70,000 signaturesSubscription

A petition set up just two days ago calling for the government to keep bursaries for student nurses has already gained over 70,000 signatures in support.

Welsh Assembly

Nurse staffing bill rubber-stamped by key committeeSubscription

The bill to introduce safer nurse staffing levels in Wales is another step closer to becoming law after successfully coming through a vote on amendments.

Crowd of people

Annual public health cut of 4% branded 'short-sighted'Subscription

Public health spending will be cut by 4% a year in real terms, as part of the government’s spending review.


Spike in number of winter deaths recorded last yearSubscription

An estimated 43,900 excess winter deaths occurred in England and Wales in 2014-15, the highest number since 1999.

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Concern at obesity levels among primary school childrenSubscription

Children appear to be gaining weight as they pass through primary school, with the youngest much less likely to be obese than the oldest, according to latest figures.


Caution urged in prescribing common ADHD drugSubscription

Uncertainties remain about the effect of a widely used medicine on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms, according to a review by a well-respected research organisation.

George Osborne

Chancellor confirms nurse education funding reformSubscription

Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed that nurse education will in future be funded via a system of loans, rather than bursaries.

Unions attack 'irresponsible' student nurse funding shake-up

Unions attack 'irresponsible' student nurse funding shake-upSubscription

Unions and employers have expressed concerns over the government’s announcement that student nurses in England will fund their education through loans rather than bursaries in the future, with some labelling it “irresponsible” and “wrong”.


Health education budget freeze will 'limit placement funding'Subscription

Health Education England’s chief executive has warned that a freeze in its underlying budget will have knock-on “consequences” for the NHS, including limiting funding to trusts for training placements. 


'Attacks' on pay cause 10% nurse salary cut since 2008Subscription

Nurses have suffered an almost 10% real terms pay cut since 2008, according to research by the Royal College of Nursing, which also warned of the potential damage from reductions to tax credits if announced in the government spending review.

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