On The Pulse
I am new to healthcare. I joined Nursing Times in the summer, having spent most of my career working for a TV corporation. My main role is helping to develop Nursing Times’ digital platforms and, to do so, it’s essential that I learn as much as I possibly can about the nursing profession.
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?
Christine Wise’s husband Trevor was diagnosed with early-onset dementia at the age of 56; and she gave up her job as a senior academic to look after him.
We have just finished about a week and a half of judging for the Nursing Times Awards. It makes everyone in the office happy to have it flooded with nurses for those few days.
The schools are back and parliament is back, so my inbox is suddenly overflowing with interesting reports, studies and releases affecting health and the profession.
September usually signals a time when everyone returns from their summer break, ready to face the long slog of winter.
Last week’s news story about a community trust refusing funds raised by men dressed up as nurses provoked a mixed response from nurses.
Nurses have been asked this week to promote a new digital app that will encourage people to walk more.
So what is nursing? It seems to me that no one can really decide whether nurses should diagnose, prescribe and treat, or observe, provide personal care and assistance to patients and service users.
Good news! Thousands more university placements will be funded in England by the government to allow more students to train as nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.