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  • Jane Cummings

    ‘I hope that we can inspire the next generation’Subscription

    5 July, 2018

    I am often asked why I chose to be a nurse, what it’s really like and what I would say to someone thinking about taking up a career in nursing. For me it was very much a personal experience. As a teenager my Mum was in hospital quite a lot; I used to go and visit her and watch what the nurses did on the ward. 

  • phil jevon index

    'Are we asking overseas nurses to jump through too many hoops?'Subscription

    4 July, 2018

    Nurses who trained outside the European Union or European Economic Area must pass the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s competency test to practise in the UK.

    Comments (6)
  • indexjane iorizzo

    Comment: 'Know how better to care for people with learning disabilities'Subscription

    2 July, 2018

    In hospital, people with a learning disability often receive poor care; some die prematurely as a result. How can nurses help reduce these inequalities?, asks Jane Iorizzo

    Comments (1)
  • sam north index

    'We all must act with the patient’s best interests as our primary goal'Subscription

    27 June, 2018

    Donation after circulatory death (DCD) often presents ethical and legal challenges to clinicians involved in this patient group – but why?

  • mark gretton index

    'If it's important to our patients then it's important to us'Subscription

    22 June, 2018

    On a shift in clinical practice on an elderly care ward, I was helping a man in his 80s get up and washed prior to breakfast.

    Comments (1)
  • peter carter

    'A fitting memorial to nurses who made the ultimate sacrifice’Subscription

    14 June, 2018

    In her seminal work Nurses of Passchendaele, Christine Hallett describes how on 4 June 1917, 12 nurses who were sleeping in their barracks next to the field hospital awoke to the sound of shrapnel balls and fragments of shell flying in all directions – some travelling with great velocity and punching holes in the walls of wards, shredding pillows and smashing bed screens. 

  • penny dobson index

    'Paediatric continence services are under pressure'Subscription

    13 June, 2018

    About 900,000 children and young people in the UK experience continence difficulties.

  • Queen's Nursing Institute

    ‘Greater understanding of community services is essential’Subscription

    8 June, 2018

    Two reports on community health services were published last week. First, came that from NHS Providers on the current state of community services, based on a survey of more than half of community providers. It calls for three immediate actions: greater financial investment, prioritising community services at national and local levels, and addressing staff shortages in key roles.

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  • mark radcliffe

    ‘The RCN struggles to stand up for nurses and promote nursing’Subscription

    7 June, 2018 By Mark Radcliffe

    Rightly or wrongly sometimes first impressions linger – or at least their shadows do. When I first came into nursing over 30 years ago I didn’t really notice the Royal College of Nursing. I was a mental health nurse and didn’t feel we were their type back then. They liked people who ironed vigorously and listened to Phil Collins; when they looked at us they saw people who played pool with their patients and called it work.

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    Comment: ‘We may unknowingly consume dangerous levels of alcohol’Subscription

    31 May, 2018

    Alcohol is the main cause of liver disease and associated death. By raising awareness and offering brief interventions, not only to patients but also to family and friends, nurses can potentially save lives, argues Gerri Mortimore

    Comments (2)

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