As new roles are established to fill nursing shortages, how do we ensure we have the right nursing skill mix on each shift to maintain high standards of care and prevent burnout of qualified staff?
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The patients I nurse have usually had a life-changing spinal cord injury, which means they require a long period of time in hospital to prepare them for successful discharge and reintegration into the community.
'We need a change of culture'Subscription
We need to start talking openly about the culture in healthcare and stress levels among staff.
In 1982 I left home, I was nine years old. I was running away from torment, anger and a situation I could neither cope with nor understand. I found myself in London where I met with homeless people who were sleeping rough and fit nicely in to the chaos around me.
Let’s face it, we can’t know everything about every speciality, so it is important to work together and share our knowledge across disciplines.
All professionals must make critical choices about what information they use to inform their practice. This is true of me as a librarian, and even more so of health professionals such as nurses.
I work on a surgical ward and we recently had two patients who received an unexpected terminal prognosis – both with young families.
The easiest way to describe artificial intelligence (AI) is to call it the intelligence of machines, rather than people.
'Don’t stop the conversation about suicide' Subscription
You would think that dealing with patients who are suicidal, dealing with those who have been bereaved by suicide, or dealing with the aftermath of a patient who has died by suicide, would increase awareness of when it is about to occur or make the feelings that arise easier to manage.
As a result of increased pressures on health services, it is easy to overlook the value of education for all healthcare professionals.