On The Pulse
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 media is always interested in news of potential industrial action Who is telling the positive stories about nursing and the contribution it makes Does the government fail to make fair pay awards because it fails to understand the role of nurses in the present day healthcare system? Enter the Nursing Times Awards and tell your stories – because if you don’t, no one else will
Stop that nurse! Does anyone care that we are losing too many nurses to early retirement?Subscription
No policy is focusing on retaining nurses once they can collect their pensions Focusing only on the numbers entering the profession is a mistake that will cost us dear The gap between supply and demand is widening We need to be more flexible in working patterns and type of work to keep our ageing workforce longer
U-turn on plans to ban NHS staff from supplementing their income through agency shifts NHS leaders should consider the impact of strategic decisions in consultation with those affected After nearly a decade of real-term pay cuts, nurses need agency work to make ends meet
Nursing lessons from beyond the graveSubscription
A few weeks ago I went to a special church service in a small village in Nottinghamshire to celebrate the life and work of an inspirational nurse, Ethel Bedford Fenwick.
Last week I had the luxury of leaving the office twice to go to nursing-related events – once is actually unusual these days.
I recently found myself wondering how I would feel if I were not able to wear my own underwear when I wanted.
BBC investigation reveals extent of abuse by home carers Funding for community care is crucial but not the whole answer Carer regulation, abuser prosecution and oversight by statutory services are needed
Red flags and magic numbersSubscription
Services are struggling and nurses want a “magic number” for safe staffing levels. Without that, workforce planning will only becoming increasingly difficult and conversations with bosses about the need for extra staff more challenging.
School nursing is in crisisSubscription
This week the Local Government Association expressed concerns about the growing incidence of sexually transmitted infection among teenagers and young adults.