Issue : 11 November 2008
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Guidance to highlight value of ward sisters roleSubscription
The RCN is to publish guidance on the role of ward sisters in response to concerns that the role is ill defined, underpaid, undervalued and overburdened with paperwork.
Nurses are piloting a leaflet to help patients understand their choices at the end of life, Louise Tweddell reports.
Failing nursing courses in London could have their contracts terminated if attrition isn't slowed under a tough new regime to improve standards, NHS managers have warned.
Safety campaign gains momentumSubscription
The RCN has pledged its support to a campaign that aims to make avoidable patient deaths ‘unacceptable’.
Providing nurses with just a week’s training on conflict management can improve their safety, evidence has suggested.
Senior nurse support requested by RCNSubscription
Directors of nursing are being asked to help the RCN draw up an A–Z guide for nurses newly appointed to senior management roles.
The NHS's senior workforce director has said that strategic health authorities should spend more on CPD for nurses.
'Our legislative concerns are strangely skewed’Subscription
A recent survey by me found that nobody – with the possible exception of Nick Clegg – can name three members of the Liberal Democrat Party. For those interested in research methodology, I asked eight people, three of whom were under 12 and two of whom had had a drink and were singing ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’.
Is a little goodwilled deception justified?Subscription
I popped in to theatre to see how my list was getting on. Fairly smoothly by the looks of it, until one of the theatre nurses remarked on how nervous our current patient had been.
‘So much effort is wasted’Subscription
Like healthcare services, healthcare research has more than its fair share of duplication of effort and wheel reinvention. Every week funders issue research calls inviting researchers to bid for vast sums of money.