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  • sian rodger

    'Make achievable goals for your CPD'Subscription

    25 October, 2018 By Sian Rodger

    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.

  • lucy calcott

    'We need a change of culture'Subscription

    18 October, 2018 By Lucy Calcott

    We need to start talking openly about the culture in healthcare and stress levels among staff.

    Comments (1)
  • Donna Thomas

    'I believe in encouraging people to be the best they can be'Subscription

    12 October, 2018 By Donna Thomas

    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.

    Comments (1)
  • sian rodger

    'We need to work together for the benefit of all involved'Subscription

    17 September, 2018 By Sian Rodger

    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. 

  • David Bedford

    'Nurses must consider which information to use and trust'Subscription

    13 September, 2018 By David Bedford

    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. 

  • joanna murdoch

    'We are enhancing dignity by providing individualised care'Subscription

    5 September, 2018 By Joanna Murdoch

    I work on a surgical ward and we recently had two patients who received an unexpected terminal prognosis – both with young families.

  • lesley jones opt

    What is artificial intelligence and what does it mean for nurses?Subscription

    20 August, 2018 By Lesley Jones

    The easiest way to describe artificial intelligence (AI) is to call it the intelligence of machines, rather than people. 

  • stait

    'Don’t stop the conversation about suicide' Subscription

    16 August, 2018 By Sarah Tait

    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.

  • elaine wright2

    'We must value healthcare assistants by investing in their education and training'Subscription

    1 August, 2018 By Elaine Wright

    As a result of increased pressures on health services, it is easy to overlook the value of education for all healthcare professionals.

    Comments (1)
  • sam neville

    The nursing workforce can embrace changes and leadSubscription

    31 July, 2018 By Sam Neville

    When building resilience for nursing in the sphere of digital informatics nursing, employing one nurse to lead in an organisation is not enough.

  • martyn skinner

    'How can we feel more confident offering spiritual care to those from different backgrounds?'Subscription

    25 July, 2018 By Martyn Skinner

    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.

  • lesley jones index

    Develop an app the multidisciplinary waySubscription

    23 July, 2018 By Lesley Jones

    Technology works best when you start with a problem that needs to be solved.

  • Lesley Jones

    Email should work for us, rather than us working for itSubscription

    16 July, 2018 By Lesley Jones

    Many of us have self-taught online skills and we have all probably picked up bad habits along the way. 

  • lesley jones index

    Getting real with WhatsAppSubscription

    2 July, 2018 By Lesley Jones

    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.

    Comments (1)
  • lesley jones index

    How to move to a maintenance and support stageSubscription

    25 June, 2018 By Lesley Jones

    Getting to the maintenance and support stage of a digital system roll-out in healthcare is important.

    Comments (1)
  • debbie wigley and paul blake index

    'Everyone with a learning disability should get the treatment they deserve'Subscription

    20 June, 2018

    Two members of staff from Northampton Hospital discuss the importance of learning disability training. 

  • Lesley Jones is nurse fellow (digital) at NHS Improvement.

    What does 'go live' mean?Subscription

    18 June, 2018 By Lesley Jones

    ‘Go live’ may sound like a bad public health campaign, but it is a common term used in digital system roll-outs. 

  • lesley jones index

    Diary of a digital nurse fellowshipSubscription

    11 June, 2018 By Lesley Jones

    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.

  • lesley jones index

    Do we need specialist nursing informatics posts?Subscription

    11 June, 2018 By Lesley Jones

    Digital technology has crept into most of our clinical and professional lives. 

  • jane iorizzo index

    'The work we do indirectly saves lives and I’m reminded of that all the time'Subscription

    7 June, 2018

    Why did I become a learning disability nurse? Well, I’m biased of course, but I could ask: why didn’t you?

    Comments (2)
  • NHS Blood and Transplant

    Meet the NHS Blood and Transplant team: Angie Scales

    5 June, 2018

    NHS Blood and Transplant is a special health authority that provide a blood and transplantation service to the NHS, looking after blood donation services in England and transplant services across the UK. This week, we’re looking at the work of lead nurse for paediatric and neonatal donation and transplantation Angie Scales. 

  • sian rodger

    'What drives us to become nurses?'Subscription

    31 May, 2018

    As I sat across from my head of year some 30 years ago in my careers talk, I told her that I wanted to be a nurse. She said, “but have you thought about being something a bit more academic like a radiographer?”

  • NHS Blood and Transplant

    Meet the NHS Blood and Transplant team: Hannah Perry

    24 May, 2018

    NHS Blood and Transplant is a special health authority that provide a blood and transplantation service to the NHS, looking after blood donation services in England and transplant services across the UK. This week, we’re looking at the work of practice development nurse in blood donation Hannah Perry. 

  • sian rodger

    'The value in being valued is immense in an under-staffed profession'Subscription

    24 May, 2018

    I was recently nominated for a staff achievement award, and for the second year in a row, I didn’t win (always the bridesmaid!). 

  • kirsten lavine

    'Personal attention allotted to patients can make a tremendous difference'Subscription

    14 May, 2018

    As a sepsis survivor, when I deliver awareness-raising talks to healthcare groups, I am often approached by nurses, who are particularly interested in my perspective as a patient, given that they don’t often receive this kind of overall assessment.

  • NHS Blood and Transplant

    Meet the NHS Blood and Transplant team: Anne Davidson

    10 May, 2018

    NHS Blood and Transplant is a special health authority that provide a blood and transplantation service to the NHS, looking after blood donation services in England and transplant services across the UK. This week, we’re looking at the work of the patient blood management practitioner team’s education lead  Anne Davidson. 

  • josefeen index

    'Doing our job well is increasingly determined by technology'Subscription

    2 May, 2018

    Josefeen Foxter shares her experience of working on the graduate trainee scheme in digital delivery at NHS Digital.

  • NHS Blood and Transplant

    Meet the NHS Blood and Transplant team: Emma Green

    1 May, 2018

    NHS Blood and Transplant is a special health authority that provide a blood and transplantation service to the NHS, looking after blood donation services in England and transplant services across the UK. This week, we’re looking at the work of nurse practitioner Emma Green. 

    Comments (1)
  • NHS Blood and Transplant

    Meet the NHS Blood and Transplant team: Andrea Harris

    25 April, 2018

    NHS Blood and Transplant is a special health authority that provide a blood and transplantation service to the NHS, looking after blood donation services in England and transplant services across the UK. This week, we’re looking at the work of diagnostic and therapeutic services professional nursing lead Andrea Harris. 

  • valeriecook index

    Looking back at a nursing career of over 70 yearsSubscription

    19 April, 2018

    Sue Cook’s mother-in-law, Valerie Cook, is a former nurse about to celebrate her 100th birthday. Here, Sue shares the details of a career that spanned over 70 years.

  • NHS Blood and Transplant

    Meet the NHS Blood and Transplant team: Angela Ditchfield

    19 April, 2018

    NHS Blood and Transplant is a special health authority that provide a blood and transplantation service to the NHS, looking after blood donation services in England and transplant services across the UK. This week, we’re looking at the work of specialist organ donation nurse Angela Ditchfield. 

  • ian dove index

    Would a four-year programme better prepare nurses for practice?Subscription

    13 April, 2018

    The ever-marching progress from the Nursing and Midwifery Council in expanding the role of the qualified nurse is the biggest thing to happen to nursing since it became a degree-level qualification.

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  • ben cole

    Meet the NHS Blood and Transplant team: Ben ColeSubscription

    29 March, 2018

    NHS Blood and Transplant is a special health authority that provide a blood and transplantation service to the NHS, looking after blood donation services in England and transplant services across the UK. This week, we’re looking at the work of Ben Cole, the lead nurse for family aftercare. 

  • helen smith

    It’s our time…Subscription

    1 December, 2017

    In any line of work it is easy to feel demotivated when you are overstretched, over worked, undervalued and underpaid. Nursing really ticks all these boxes at the moment and I think a lot of us believe we are at an all-time low right now, explains Helen Smith. 

  • call

    An evening with Call the Midwife's Dr Turner

    7 November, 2017

    The Queen’s Nursing Institute will be hosting ‘An Evening with Stephen McGann’ at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London. He will speak about his life, his family, his role as Dr Turner and his passion for healthcare, explains the QNI’s Matthew Bradby. 

  • rachel jury

    From healthcare professional to patientSubscription

    5 October, 2017

    In 2005 Rachel Jury set off to university to begin a BSc degree in radiotherapy and oncology. She was full of excitement for the adventure ahead, fulfilling a life-long ambition to qualify as a therapy radiographer. But life had other ideas… 

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  • nurse stress

    Verbal aggression, the patient and the nurseSubscription

    8 September, 2017 By Linda Smith

    Nursing Times reader Linda Smith talks about dealing with verbal aggression in the workplace. 

  • What is midwifery?

    What is midwifery?Subscription

    7 August, 2017 By Anna Merrick

    In her last blog as midwifery student editor, Anna Merrick, looks at how midwifery is presented to the general public and questions how assumptions can be challenged

    Comments (1)
  • University of Salford

    The use of simulation to support nurse revalidationSubscription

    28 July, 2017

    Simulation in health care has become more popular within nurse education and is increasingly used to teach and assess clinical skill acquisition, explains Kyle Charnley. 

    Comments (1)
  • 'I convinced myself I wasn't cut out for nursing'

    'I convinced myself I wasn't cut out for nursing'Subscription

    20 July, 2017

    Qualifying as a nurse is always going to be a nerve-wracking time, but when Jodi Shaw started to needlessly doubt herself, her anxiety became a problem that affected every part of her life

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  • mutual expectations ease up

    Mutual Expectations: 'easing up' in mental health careSubscription

    13 July, 2017

    Discovering the Safewards Model has helped mental health nurse, Helen Croft, and her colleagues create an ‘air of positivity’ in their service by helping patients and staff understand each other better

    Comments (2)
  • How to reduce falls

    How do you achieve a 50% reduction in falls?Subscription

    6 July, 2017

    Ward sister, Gemma Lilley, shares with us the strategies that have led to the number of falls on her ward being halved

  • Elderly care

    'What role can nurses play in non-formal care?'Subscription

    30 June, 2017

    Reflecting on her own mum’s care, Liz Deutsch realises that the role nurses can play in improving an older person’s quality of life is further reaching than it appears at first glance

    Comments (1)
  • Leadership

    'The motivation to drive the nursing profession forward comes from nurse leaders'Subscription

    20 June, 2017

    Nurse consultant, Irene Dunkley, has seen gastroenterology nursing develop over her 20 years in the field. She attributes these improvements in patient care to strong, motivational leadership and hard work

    Comments (1)
  • klaudiusz nowicki

    Let nurses nurse. Let managers manage.Subscription

    8 June, 2017

    We should free nursing staff to care for patients and open up management roles to people from other professions, says Klaudiusz Nowicki, a charge nurse at the Fulbrook Centre Oxford.  

    Comments (2)
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    No decision about us, without usSubscription

    2 June, 2017 By Josephine NwaAmaka Bardi

    Many conferences which purport to tackle student mental health issues are more concerned with making money than helping those in higher education

    Comments (1)
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    'I knew I was made of the write stuff'Subscription

    25 May, 2017

    So much work goes into dissertations that many are worth publishing. Don’t hide your ideas away, says staff nurse Katie Burns

    Comments (1)
  • susan hamer

    If we assumed every patient is a research volunteer, what would we do differently?Subscription

    11 May, 2017

    People who know me will know I’ve spent a great deal of my career talking about evidence-based practice and developing cultures in which turning knowledge into action is easy.

    Comments (1)
  • Hearing aid

    'Rarely does one get these opportunities to make such a difference'Subscription

    4 May, 2017

    Dr Anant Sachdev highly values the HCAs he works with at a GP practice, however one HCA’s actions and initiative led to a patient receiving care that went above and beyond the call of duty

    Comments (1)
  • holding_hands

    'I sense that he is aware I am here to comfort him as he passes onto his next life'Subscription

    13 April, 2017

    Sorrel recalls her first experience of caring for a patient at the end of life and how the passion for nursing she gained that day has stayed with her throughout her career

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