'Your hospital choir has a song for you'Subscription
Hospital choirs are booming – and that’s just the basses.
Earlier this year I read a story in Nursing Times about efforts by the Scottish Government to recruit nurses from overseas. It made me ask myself: where overseas?
In 2016, I set up the campaign Raising Awareness of Mental Health in Higher Education, as this is a big issue, particularly for international studies in the UK.
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.