The Nursing and Midwifery Council decided last month to formally adopt the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s multidisciplinary prescribing competency framework as its standards of proficiency.
The recent approval of new education and proficiency standards for nurses is to be welcomed for several reasons, but there is also a danger assessment could suffer.
I was sad to see the Daily Mail claiming that patients in a London hospital are being banned from wearing pyjamas in daylight hours, and that their families are required to bring in clean clothes every day, says Ann Marie Riley.
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The increasing number of clinical staff moving into management roles shows nurses shouldn’t be intimidated by making the transition from beds to boardroom.
Small acts can have large impacts. Within nursing this is so ingrained that it can often seem invisible.
How can health professionals ensure that opiate-based painkillers are taken safely and appropriately? Lucy Bates suggests that supporting the Opioids Aware campaign might be a good place to start
GMB is alone among NHS trade unions in advising members to reject the NHS Employers pay offer, but while officially all other unions are backing the deal, many of their members have reservations.
After months of intensive negotiations between union and employer representatives, the NHS Staff Council has signed off a framework agreement for investment in and reform of the NHS pay structure.
I ’m not sure it has ever been harder to be a nurse. I may get a letter from someone reminding me how difficult those first few weeks of the Crimean War were, and there may even be a few romantics from the 1950s anxious to remind us that in the old days student nurses had to hand wash and iron the whole of Wolverhampton before they were allowed to speak. But let’s face it – it is harder today than ever and it’s probably worth wondering why we are letting that be the case.