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  • To concur is nursing, but to disagree is divineSubscription

    23 September, 2016

    Nurses need to learn how to challenge each other to improve practice and their profession It’s perfectly acceptable to disagree with another professional, as long as you are respectful and constructive in your challenge We should be comfortable at asking even our senior leaders who, what, where, when, how and why Don’t argue for argument’s sake Stand up for nursing, as you are the only ones who will

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  • Breda Athan, senior matron and high level isolation unit lead; Dr Michael Jacobs, consultant in infectious diseases; and Pauline Cafferkey

    The Pauline Cafferkey case: what really happened?Subscription

    18 September, 2016 By Nicola Merrifield

    After a couple of days of intense media scrutiny the fitness to practise case against Pauline Cafferkey, the nurse who survived ebola, has resulted in her being cleared of all allegations of misconduct.

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  • Fear from probing in perinatal mental healthSubscription

    8 September, 2016

    Mental health is on the agenda right now. In recent months there have been a series of reports and announcements revealing both the current state of services in the NHS and plans to try and tackle the challenges.

  • Liz Robb: Championing a champion of nursingSubscription

    2 September, 2016

    Liz Robb OBE is to leave the Florence Nightingale Foundation Her legacy includes establishing a popular annual conference, and introducing programmes on compassionate care Liz has raised the profile of clinical nursing research – and the profession as a whole She is a true champion and voice for nursing – something that is often sadly lacking in this profession

  • School nursing – has it been stretched too far?Subscription

    26 August, 2016 By Nicola Merrifield

    School nursing is becoming “really difficult” and “very pressurised”, so stated a community nurse specialist during a session at a conference yesterday.

  • Why are you a nurse?Subscription

    19 August, 2016

    Pay and conditions are poor, so development is essential to retain our nurses Cutting post-registration funding will only deepen the retention crisis Nurses have an appetite for increasing their skills and knowledge

  • Is revalidation the stuff of nightmares?Subscription

    10 August, 2016

    Over the past year, the word ‘revalidation’ has forced its way into most nurses’ vocabularies. It’s fairly safe to say it didn’t receive an enthusiastic welcome from a large proportion of the profession, or at least not based on the readers’ comments our news coverage attracted.

  • HIV prophylaxis – when morals and money collideSubscription

    4 August, 2016

    The legal battle between NHS England and the National AIDS Trust over who should fund pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has raised a host of issues that extend far beyond the central topic ruled on last week in the Royal Courts of Justice.

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  • Another week brings another change in rhetoric on staffing

    29 July, 2016

    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.

  • Is the NMC fit for purpose?Subscription

    15 July, 2016

    What is the role of regulation – and is it really protecting the public?

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