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  • mark radcliffe

    ‘Deep down, I knew she would never get off the ward’Subscription

    9 February, 2018 By Mark Radcliffe

    I’m having coffee with a nurse friend. She has been doing what she does for 15 years and can’t remember the last time her feet didn’t hurt. She is on her fourth espresso and has the wide-eyed stare of a kitten that has just seen wool for the first time. She leans across the table and says; “I’m thinking of making a break for it.”

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  • Graduate

    Reasons to value the graduate nurseSubscription

    7 February, 2018

    There has been much debate recently about the role of nurses, and whether nursing being a graduate profession has led to a lack of compassion in the nursing workforce.

  • jacqui fletcher

    Wound care in the NHS: the need for a national wound care strategy

    6 February, 2018

    Nursing staff are all too aware of the significant challenge wound care poses but it is only in recent years that this burden is becoming more apparent to the wider healthcare system, explains Jacqui Fletcher. 

  • Buckley practice comment pic snip

    Comment: ‘Why is it difficult to approach the topic of sexuality?’Subscription

    5 February, 2018

    Sex and sexuality may not be easy topics to broach, but nurses should be more aware of these important areas of care and more prepared to discuss potential issues with patients, says Lynn Buckley

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  • caroline alexander

    'We can plan for the bite of winter - and support one another'Subscription

    2 February, 2018

    The bite of winter rarely comes as a surprise to any of us in the NHS, with more patients seeking help each time the temperature falls. This year has been no different, at times it has been tough and relentless, but at Barts Health has seen fantastic staff cope admirably with the extra pressures, explains chief nurse Caroline Alexander. 

  • andrew lovell

    Impact on practiceSubscription

    1 February, 2018

    Nurses working in a range of clinical specialties are engaging with doctoral level study, sometimes as traditional independent research, the conventional route to a PhD, but increasingly, as part of a taught educational programme, which culminates in a research-based thesis and a professional doctorate, explains Andrew Lovell. 

  • jocelyn cornwell

    'We can’t have excellent patient care without excellent staff care'Subscription

    30 January, 2018

    Jocelyn Cornwell points out that, in order for patients to receive the best possible care, nurses need to be taken care of themselves. 

  • King's College London

    Nursing on the critical listSubscription

    29 January, 2018

    Professor Ann Marie Rafferty has her say on the importance of the health select committee report into nursing, and why it’s crucial in the fight to save the profession. 

  • Helen Christodoulides

    Nurses and doctors learning togetherSubscription

    25 January, 2018

    One of the things that Helen Christodoulides cares passionately about is the health and wellbeing of colleagues, not just nurses but that of any professional or member of staff working in the delivery of healthcare.

  • kate martin

    'We need more flexibility to tackle winter pressures in care homes and beyond'

    18 January, 2018

    Kate Martin has worked as an infection control nurse for over 10 years in hospitals. This is her first winter season in the community. Every year she reflects, but this year has been very different… 

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