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.
”Clinical placements could be so much less stressful and more enjoyable if…”
The recent controversy stoked by the student union of the University of Manchester, which asked people not to clap, caused all sorts of debate about social inclusion.
I rarely write about the Royal College of Nursing.
Recruitment and retention is a concern for all nurse employers.
Claire Kent reflects on how difficult it is to prioritise tasks and give enough attention to staff wellbeing in an extremely busy leadership role
The NHS is a challenging place to work but equally rewarding and energising. Return to practice gives an amazing opportunity to reconnect with our passion for the profession for those with a lapsed PIN. In this blog, Bev Matthews and Chris Jones share their experiences as student and tutor.
Nursing is an exciting, challenging and rewarding career, but would benefit from including more men.
As chair of the Royal College of Nursing’s governing council, I’m calling on as many members as possible – whatever their views – to vote in the college’s forthcoming extraordinary general meeting (EGM) next Friday.
It could be said that, when it comes to nursing, the UK is in the midst of a perfect storm.
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.
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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.