Issue : 12 August 2008
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‘The NHS was not created to be a big money-spinner’
By refusing to accept some suicides as rational acts, we condemn people to lonely deaths and place healthcare professionals in invidious positions, says Jane Wright
‘Medication is a last resort’Subscription
I was a bright-eyed nursing student, placed on a busy surgical ward with pressures high and theatre checklists flying round.However, the behaviour of one patient brought the ward to a halt.
Bureaucrats should start listening to nursesSubscription
Before her recent retirement, Sister Marks was tellling me about the ups and downs of her career. ‘Forty years in healthcare is a long time,’ I said. ‘Do you have any regrets?’
‘We should welcome the HPV vaccination scheme’Subscription
Cervical cancer is a devastating disease. It is estimated that, in the UK, up to 1,000 women lose their lives to it annually. Next month, the vaccination programme for girls between the ages of 12 and 13 against human papillomavirus (HPV) will be rolled out.
The question of whether nurses should go on strike has always been a matter of contention, bringing with it perceptions of a conflict with the fundamentals of caring for patients.
Are you a good mentor?Subscription
Placements can be inspiring or demoralising. Much depends on the mentoring experience, as Jennifer Taylor finds out
The RCN is to appeal against a draft ruling by NICE that could deny patients with rheumatoid arthritis access to treatment alternatives.
GPs fight health visitor relocationSubscription
GPs have spoken out against plans to remove Glasgow health visitors from surgeries and align them with social services.
Nurses in England are being encouraged to join an online network to improve the mental health and psychological well-being of mothers and their infants.