On The Pulse
With no end in sight to the nurse recruitment crisis gripping the NHS, I was pleased to hear this week that national efforts to retain the current staff who are keeping the system afloat are being redoubled.
It’s freshers time at universities and across mainstream and social media we have been seeing the inevitable pictures of students lurching around city centres in a drunk and dishevelled state.
As the NHS continues to face workforce challenges, the attention this week has focused on how the recruitment of people from outside of the UK might look after the UK’s departure from the European Union.
The path leading to the Royal College of Nursing’s extraordinary general meeting is turning out to have more twists and turns than I, and probably others, had originally foreseen.
Nurse handed caution for not carrying out CPR on “clearly dead patient” (Nursing Times, 7 March 2017); Prison told to issue guidance after nurses carried out CPR on “clearly dead” inmate (Nursing Times, 22 August 2018).
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Until the late 20th century measles was considered an almost inevitable disease of childhood – although adults are also susceptible.
I was contacted around a month ago out of the blue by an organisation telling me the good news that Nursing Times was to be inducted into an international ‘hall of fame’ for publications that have made significant contributions to the profession.
“We can no longer accept women and men with severe mental illness struggling to access the high-quality care and support they ought to receive during their lifetime and dying 15 to 20 years before they should”, wrote Karen Turner and Tim Kendall – respectively director of mental health and national clinical director for mental health at NHS England – in their foreword to Forward Thinking.
Nursing Times recently reported on the findings of a Cochrane systematic review into the impact of nurses working as substitutes for primary care doctors.
A few weeks ago a discussion on Twitter began with a plea from a frustrated anaesthetist.