Practice and learning editor Kathryn Godfrey brings to Nursing Times her experience of being both a nurse and a journalist.
Kathryn trained at St Bartholomews’s Hospital, London and worked as a staff nurse in cardiac care before specialising in health visiting. Her work as a health visitor and family planning nurse for Islington and Tower Hamlets has left her passionate about public health interventions and what they can do to improve people’s health and reduce the disease burden on the NHS.
After studying for a post-graduate qualification in journalism, Kathryn has focused on health writing and editing. She has written news and features for a wide range of publications including the British Medical Journal and Health Service Journal.
As well as clinical issues and health policy, Kathryn has a strong interest in consumer health, writing a series of mini-books on topics such as first aid and women’s health as well editing a consumer guide to prescription drugs.
Working with her jobshare partner Ann Shuttleworth, Kathryn is responsible for overseeing the practice content of Nursing Times, and for developing Nursing Times Learning, a valuable educational offering for our nurse audience. This suite of online units is written by expert nurses, the testing element within them allows nurses to see how their knowledge has increased and the personalised certificates can be used to demonstrate PREP requirements.
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Patients have a right to be rudeSubscription
Rudeness from a patient can be hard for nurses to deal with – particularly if it comes at the end of a long and stressful day.
While most people will be taking an extended break from work, nurses around the country will be delivering care to the one in four of the population with a long-term condition.
'Work away from the bedside matters too'Subscription
There has been much discussion and indeed criticism of how much time nurses waste in form filling and with time-consuming documentation. Undoubtedly some of this time is unnecessary and some of the forms are just filed in a big black hole.
Dementia link to commonly used medicinesSubscription
Regular use of medicines with an anticholinergic effect have been linked to an increased risk of dementia.
A free online learning unit launched today aims to educate nursing staff in preventing avoidable harm from dehydration.
Our newest free unit outlines how nurses in all healthcare settings can reduce liver disease by identifying patients with risk factors for the three major types of liver disease – alcohol, hepatitis B and C, and obesity leading to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Shifts should be organised so that staff are not taking breaks at the same time as patients are being served meals, according to Hard Truths the government response to the Francis report.
The government response to the Francis report has confirmed that student nurses will need “up to a year” as a healthcare assistant before their degree but does not specify the minimum experience required.
The government has continued to reject the creation of a registered older person’s nurse as called for in the Francis report.
Anaemia is often overlooked as its symptoms – shortness of breath, palpitations, headache and dizziness, for example – can be put down to a range of other conditions.
But has this often-voiced criticism meant that all organisational work has been lumped in together as not being a good use of nurses’ time.
Analysis of complaints sent to the health service ombudsman has found that not receiving an adequate apology is the most common complaint, accounting for a third of cases last year.
There is more to planning a hospital discharge than ordering medications and booking the transport. All the care and treatment that patients receive while in hospital can be compromised if their discharge home leaves them vulnerable.
Patients who suffer from delirium are more likely to have poor outcomes according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published last week.A third of patients admitted to ICU were found to develop delirium. These patients were found to have an increased ...
The nature of weekends have changed over the years. Fifty years ago pretty much everything stopped on a Sunday. If you went into the centre of a town it would be eerily quiet – unlike today.
It seems the tide may be turning on the way older people are treated in the NHS, with the need to develop and improve this important area of care at last being acknowledged and acted on. There were two announcements this week that gave me hope that change is coming.
The topic of when and for how long relatives and friends can visit on hospital wards has long been a much discussed topic. Open visiting versus fixed-hours visiting? Should it be the same for every ward and department? Can children visit? How many visitors should be allowed at one time?
In healthcare nothing stands still or stays the same.
When I visited my mother in hospital on Christmas Day I felt very grateful to the staff, who were working as hard as always. My mother’s needs were as acute on that day as on any other.
Last week we reported that staff at Doncaster Royal Infirmary are trialling a traffic light-style hand hygiene reminder tool.