On The Pulse
What frustrated you most on your last shift? What will prevent you from providing the level of care you want to give to your patients on your next shift?
Study provides first England-specific evidence of importance of nurse numbers Link between nurse:patient ratios and patient mortality applies to NHS Missed nursing care confirmed as increasing patients’ risk of death
The pros and cons of 12-hour shifts are a much debated topic within nursing as they now make up about a third of all shifts. Brought in over the last 20 years or so to make efficiencies and cut staffing costs, they have proved popular with nurses who find they offer significant advantages for running their lives.
A 17-year-old at risk of suicide needs more than a strategy – she needs a place of safetySubscription
In the week the government announced a major mental health workforce plan, a distressing case brought into focus just how urgently action is needed.
People can be slightly cynical about awards events. You know, all that clapping and voracious supporting of each other’s outstanding achievements can become wearing for some. But that never seems to happen in nursing awards. And I am glad about that.
Reports that the government is considering offering NHS workers a 6.5% pay rise spread over three years in exchange for staff losing a day of holiday has, unsurprisingly, been met with a wave of anger and criticism among nurses.
Advanced nurse practitioners are having a moment. This week a milestone was reached: the first national training framework for all health and care professionals working at an advanced level was published.
A few years ago I took my son to a walk-in centre with a bad cut on his knee. We walked into a consulting room and the nurse washed his hands, put on some gloves and started examining the wound. The telephone rang, he answered it with his gloves still on and then returned to my son’s knee.
An open love letter to the nursing professionSubscription
Three months ago I moved to London, temporarily. I’m from the United States (before you stop reading this, no, I didn’t vote for Trump) and I’ve spent the term studying abroad in the United Kingdom.
The past months have seen the subject of safe staffing levels very much in the limelight following a series of subtle and less subtle messages from NHS regulators.