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2009: The year's biggest stories from

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We bring you a round up of the stories that mattered to nurses in 2009

PCT suspends Christian nurse for offering to pray for patient

An offer to pray for an elderly patient resulted in Christian nurse Caroline Petrie being suspended by North Somerset PCT

Research highlights risk of low nursing numbers

Major statistical analysis published exclusively in Nursing Times revealed that the more nurses that a trust employs per bed the fewer of its patients are likely to die or to experience long hospital stays.

Nurses’ warnings about Mid Staffs were ignored

Nursing Times revealed that warnings made by nurses about chronic staff shortages in emergency care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust were ignored.

Prime Minister’s Commission aims to put nurses ‘at the heart of world-class NHS’

Prime minister Gordon Brown launched the first full-scale review of nursing care for nearly 40 years.

‘Undercover nurse’ Margaret Haywood struck off for secret filming

Whistleblowing nurse Margaret Haywood who secretly filmed elderly patients for BBC Panorama documentary, Undercover Nurse was been struck off the register.

Minister says student bursary shake-up will increase diversity of nursing

Health minister Ann Keen said that the shake-up up of the student bursary system would help open up nursing to people from a wider range of backgrounds.

Nurse confidence in swine flu vaccine falling

Nursing Times’ exclusive survey revealed that nurses’ confidence in the safety of swine flu vaccination had fallen between August and October.

All new nurses must have degrees

The government rubber-stamped plans for nursing in England to become a degree-only profession.

Happy Christmas from all at Nursing Times

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