'Make achievable goals for your CPD'Subscription
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.
When building resilience for nursing in the sphere of digital informatics nursing, employing one nurse to lead in an organisation is not enough.
'How can we feel more confident offering spiritual care to those from different backgrounds?'Subscription
Sometimes, as a Christian healthcare chaplain, I feel unconfident offering spiritual care to people whose backgrounds are different to my own – and I sense that nurses can do too.
Develop an app the multidisciplinary waySubscription
Technology works best when you start with a problem that needs to be solved.
Many of us have self-taught online skills and we have all probably picked up bad habits along the way.
Getting real with WhatsAppSubscription
WhatsApp is increasingly being used in professional teams. From student cohorts to specialist nursing forums, nurses are using this mode of communication to speak to one another and share insights.
How to move to a maintenance and support stageSubscription
Getting to the maintenance and support stage of a digital system roll-out in healthcare is important.
Two members of staff from Northampton Hospital discuss the importance of learning disability training.
What does 'go live' mean?Subscription
‘Go live’ may sound like a bad public health campaign, but it is a common term used in digital system roll-outs.
Diary of a digital nurse fellowshipSubscription
In 2017 I applied for a 12-month digital nurse fellowship in NHS Improvement to investigate what nurses and allied health professionals were doing to drive the technology agenda forward for patients. I quickly realised that my digital journey had started many years earlier.
Do we need specialist nursing informatics posts?Subscription
Digital technology has crept into most of our clinical and professional lives.
Why did I become a learning disability nurse? Well, I’m biased of course, but I could ask: why didn’t you?