On The Pulse
When Aneira Thomas, the first baby born in the NHS – who went on to have a 28-year career as a nurse, recently saw a statue in Cardiff of the man who designed the health service, she cried.
Despite the increasing complexity of nursing practice there is still a significant number of people who think nursing degrees are unnecessary.
Who is going to step up to the plate?Subscription
Managing the nursing workforce often feels like plate spinning. You need to focus on attracting people coming into the profession while keeping hold of those you already have.
Has healthcare lost its humanity?Subscription
Do you think healthcare has become just about systems and processes so that the individual - staff and patient - are just cogs in the ever-turning wheel?
The talking is seemingly now over and we have at last got a pay offer for NHS staff on the table. It’s been a long time coming and I’ve become sadly used each year to writing about the anger felt at yet another freeze or nominal inflation-chasing 1% rise.
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Just what does it take to keep a nurse in nursing? We’ve got the most appalling nursing shortage most trust chief nurses I speak to have ever experienced, and flu, norovirus and the weather have created the worst winter many have ever seen. It’s a perfect storm – quite literally – for nursing.
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.
It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Another story of a bullying culture among nurses in an NHS trust has emerged, just under five years since the Francis Report sent shockwaves across the country.
Vacancy figures are no surprise, but at last provide undeniable evidence of a profession in crisisSubscription
One in 10 registered nurse posts in the NHS in England are vacant. That was the figure revealed in the latest quarterly update from NHS Improvement.
In my experience, the ‘NHS winter crisis’ has been little more than a sequence of words that seem to crop up every year or so, get mentioned on the news, then disappear into a fog of yesterday’s news.