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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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.
- Francis response: 'Bespoke' training in older people's nursing
- New learning units tackle anaemia in chronic disease
- Happy Third Anniversary Nursing Times Learning: come celebrate with us
- Find out more about an often hidden condition
- Government refuses to budge on mandatory staffing levels
- DH rejects 'older person's nurse' role
- Discharge is as important as admission
Some procedures are carried out in hospital wards across the country each and every day with no ill-effect to patients. However this does not mean that because a procedure is common, and generally problem free, that there are no dangers that staff need to watch out for.
The increase in liver disease is startling with it now being the fifth biggest killer in England and Wales with around a 25% increase in deaths in the last decade.
Inevitably nurses in some areas such as cardiac care and casualty are more ready than others. Are you ready for such an event?
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- Lack of community nurses is policy madness
- How can you recover if you are tired?
- Would you value a week away with your team?
- Wishing I was a student nurse now
- Recognise night nursing as a specialty
- How many smokers can you help to quit this year?