Headlines about nurse vacancies hitting more than 40,000 are alarming. Collectively, we must share the responsibility of finding solutions but these numbers can be overwhelming and disconnected. We must work with frontline staff to ensure the response is meaningful and sustainable
I was 27 when I began nursing. I had a degree in philosophy, and lived in a low-rent social housing flat. I actually applied for mental health nursing, speech therapy and social work all at the same time. I felt it was time to do something ‘useful’ and get out of my head, which was full of nonsense and easily distracted by stories and songs
Bringing together student nurses from different branches as part of their education has huge benefits, not only for the students but also for patients, says Fiona Cust
I know many of you will spend Christmas staffing wards, working in the community or general practice, in mental health units, schools or even posted overseas.
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Whether you work in a clinic, GP practice or hospital setting, the environment will have an effect on both patients and the staff who support them.
If I owe the bank £1000 and I can’t pay it back it’s my problem. If I owe the bank £100,000 and can’t pay it back, it’s the bank’s problem.
Within the NHS today the nurse’s role has significantly developed and expanded into areas once only thought of as part of a doctor’s role
The education of our nursing workforce is poised to hit the headlines once again when evidence is presented to the Education Select Committee, to understand why nursing degree apprenticeships are not taking off.
Stand back, I’m going to look on the bright side. Last month I mentioned the bursary but I think I got away with it – sorry Scotland, yes you still have one, and as a consequence a coherent staffing policy, but we have Michael Gove. Jealous right?
The cancer community came together this week at the Britain Against Cancer Conference to discuss the future of cancer care, with the crisis facing the UK’s cancer workforce high up on the agenda.
To attract newly qualified nurses, employers need to offer high-quality preceptor support, says Bill Whitehead, while newly qualified nurses need to shop around for good preceptorship in their first job
It was World Mental Health Day in October 2018. As the day went by, I saw my Twitter feed filling in very quickly with hashtags including #worldmentalhealthday and #itsoknottobeok.
Over the summer we ran a one-day World Café event to stimulate debate on contemporary professional issues.
It has been almost three years since NHS England set out its vision to transform maternity services in the Better Births report.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the biggest threats to global health.
I’m going to write about student nurse drop out rates and I will almost definitely get to that in a moment. First, I need to say something about the word ‘passion’ or more importantly, the fact that so many people use it when they are not referring to the fruit, ‘the suffering or death of Jesus’ or the ‘strong and barely controllable emotion’
Winning a lifetime achievement award inevitably leads you to look back over your career.
Not every hospitalised patient wants to get dressed every day, which does not necessarily mean they are deconditioned and languishing in bed, says Liz Lees-Deutsch
Rarely does policy change so quickly. The home secretary Sajid Javid announced a review into the potential health benefits of cannabis in June and then, true to his word, he acted on the findings opening up access to cannabis products from the beginning of November 2018.
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The most demanding part of the year is approaching – we can already feel the beginnings of winter pressures.