Infection prevention is a vital part of our healthcare infrastructure.
Every day, midwives support women and their families through a life-changing and special time, but it’s a time when they are also at their most vulnerable.
Last month researchers from Scotland urged that nursing undergo a ‘rebranding’ to encourage more men to come into the profession. This suggestion – which led to everyone in the country who works in marketing to throw their arms in the air and scream ‘pick me, pick me’ – was prompted by reports that only 10% of student nurses in Scotland were male
Last year some colleagues and I published a paper on the variety of job titles in nursing. It showed that there was a lack of clarity and a lot of confusion. It also became clear that some employers were asking or allowing unregistered staff to use titles that indicated a more complex level of practice and education – for example, associate advanced nurse practitioner
What should be the drivers for research? Is it legitimate to conduct research in order to gain academic accolades and further one’s own career? Sian Rodger shares her thoughts on this matter
The prevalence rate for autism spectrum disorders is now thought to be between 1% and 1.5% and even more people will be undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
The NHS recently celebrated its 70th anniversary. The celebrations reminded us all of how many lives the NHS touches. And it’s no exaggeration to say that throughout most of the NHS’s existence, apprentices have made a huge contribution to its success.
'This new guidance will help us ensure the adults we safeguard are able live without fear'Subscription
Long gone are the days when turning a blind eye to institutional abuse or blaming it on “one bad apple” was considered acceptable.
England has initiated public consultation to change legislation to an opt-out system for organ donation.
No one in the health sector could doubt after the latest set of official figures that nursing is facing an unprecedented recruitment challenge
The government recently published its response to the Health and Social Care Committee’s inquiry into the nursing workforce. Front and centre of the response, understandably, was workforce retention.
Three years after the end of the Health Visitor Implementation Plan, the health visitor profession is in turbulent times.
As I walked into my aunt’s care home recently, I noticed the ‘A Team’ were on duty. Fab, I thought, it’s her birthday and this will be a glorious day.
I’ll do the maths. By 5 January 2018, the closing date for UCAS, there had been 32,520 applications to study nursing. A year before there had been 48,230; that means 15,710 fewer people applied to do nursing in 2018. If that trend continues there will be around 16,810 people applying to study nursing in 2019. In 2020 there will be 12. Twelve people will apply to study nursing
The hot weather this summer has left experts asking if records set in 1976 will be smashed in 2018, and the heat is taking its toll – both on patients and staff
At whatever level of nursing job we are, we need to be able to pause and reflect on our practice, says Elaine Farrer
Tranexamic acid is a cheap drug. It costs less than £15 per patient and is widely available. It could transform treatment of stroke caused by intracerebral haemorrhage.
I have long been concerned about power and ‘parentalism’ in healthcare.
The high profile case of Billy Caldwell, who has a severe form of epilepsy, brought the therapeutic benefit of cannabis into the headlines.
Do mental health nurses have the appropriate skills and knowledge to look after patients’ physical health needs?
The issues around gender inequality have taken a much higher profile in recent months.
I don’t want to be a cynical man. When I see Cristiano Ronaldo, Ashley Young or half of the Tunisian team tumble to the ground during a World Cup match I want to think “Poor lamb, he might be hurt,” as opposed to “Stop diving about like a giraffe on a trampoline, he never touched you”. But sometimes I don’t.
The priority for clinical commissioners is to ensure that the services we commission are high-quality and safe for our patients and populations.
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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.
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.
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
Donation after circulatory death (DCD) often presents ethical and legal challenges to clinicians involved in this patient group – but why?
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.
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.
About 900,000 children and young people in the UK experience continence difficulties.
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.
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.
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
As a registered nursing home manager of 10 years and a registered nurse of 17 years, I have read many things about nurses and clinical care in nursing homes.
The rise in knife crime in London is a tragedy.
One thing colleagues asked as I left the NHS to become chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives last year was could I please get them more midwives. In September at a Trades Union Congress rally in Parliament Square I shouted from a double-decker bus: “Jeremy Hunt, give us more midwives and more pay!” He heard.
I realise that as a columnist I shouldn’t say this but I try to avoid the news as much as I can. I have for a couple of years now. I don’t really like it and I find it doesn’t help me to live my life.
Ann-Marie Riley praises the #endPJparalysis campaign, stressing how quickly loss of muscle strength can happen in hospital and how important it is to keep patients mobile
From September 2020, the Nursing and Midwifery Council expects all education programmes, including those relating to prescribing, to operate under new standards.
April saw the first ever national NHS Diabetes Prevention Week to raise awareness of type 2 diabetes and how to prevent it.
Nurses and other frontline medical staff do a tremendous job of looking after those in need in the aftermath of a major incident, such as a traffic accident, fire or even a terrorist attack.
'Dementia shouldn't be a barrier to living well'Subscription
Can living well with dementia actually be achieved? I know it can, but only if you allow the person to actually live with dementia.
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.
'Healthcare shouldn’t cost the earth'Subscription
It was disappointing to learn that in England, the NHS used 600 million disposable cups in the last five years. The earth is not ours to use and abuse – we hold it in trust for future generations and we must limit our impact on the planet.
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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