Issue : 16 March 2010
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It is time to stop focusing on nurse uniform as a means of professional identity, and to base our self worth on the importance of the profession’s work, argues Sara Morgan
The secret of keeping fit is to “do less exercise”, says the Daily Express. The newspaper claims that new research shows that short bursts of intense activity are enough to keep most people fit, “blowing away the myth that staying in shape takes hours of dedication”.
Caring for patients means caring for nursesSubscription
As far as patient and staff experience is concerned, no problem is too small. As well as tackling the issues, leaders must involve their teams in the solutions, says Jocelyn Cornwell. Leave a comment on on this story to contribute to a national debate on the future of NHS leadership
Involving NHS ‘customers’ at every step of the decision-making process can leave a legacy of true patient-centred care, says Joan Saddler. Leave a comment on on this story to contribute to a national debate on the future of NHS leadership
Nurses will have no say in barring decisionsSubscription
The head of a new super regulator has told Nursing Times it will not consult nurses it is considering barring from practice until it has already decided they pose a potential risk to patients.
Directors of nursing must win the “hearts and minds” of frontline staff to boost productivity and avoid cuts, according to one of the country’s most senior nurses.
Suffolk nurses launch single sex bay driveSubscription
Senior nurses at Ipswich Hospital Trust in Suffolk have launched a campaign to encourage staff to make sure patients are treated in single sex facilities, in line with government guidelines.
Beds in cupboards prompts political outcrySubscription
The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have said it is unacceptable that nurses are being forced to treat patients in non clinical areas in order to meet targets, following a major Nursing Times survey.
Health minister Mike O’Brien has said he is concerned that out of hours patients are being seen by a nurse when they expect to see a GP. He said patients must be made aware if a nurse is being sent to attend their call.
Nurses will have to follow a standard list of clinical checks for all NHS hospital emergency patients, under plans being developed by the Department of Health.