On The Pulse
“When there aren’t enough professional nurses, things get missed, patients notice, and this affects their confidence in the quality of the hospital and the care they receive.”
Do you sometimes feel as if jargon does too much talking in healthcare? I sometimes hear nurses say that they or their colleagues use it to make themselves feel better about how clever they are, but in doing so, they miss the point – it doesn’t make their patients or service users feel better.
Who, in the UK health system, can honestly say that they have a clear understanding of the different job titles used in the nursing professions? Surely no more than a handful of people.
Hospitals are like foreign countries, where the familiar cultural norms don’t apply – or rather, that’s what they are like for patients. Where else would you disclose the most private information to strangers, or allow them to perform intimate – and often painful or unpleasant – procedures on you?
Are we taking mental health seriously enough?Subscription
In recent years, mental health has been a topic that has received increased coverage – not least due to changing attitudes and effective public campaigns aimed at removing the stigma surrounding the area.
Will the public realise the NHS is broken before it’s too late?
If I had an old-fashioned phone, and not my mobile, it would have rung off the hook on Tuesday. The national media were crawling all over the story that some researchers had found that one in four nurses in the UK were obese. I was being asked if this surprises me, why, and should we care?
What we choose to wear is part of our identitySubscription
On my student placement in the 1980s, the first thing I noticed was that everyone was up and dressed in day clothes first thing in the morning. My first impression was how different the ward looked compared to an acute medical ward, and how homely it felt.
Is our beloved NHS a racist institution?Subscription
It always surprises me when I discover prejudice in the NHS. Our beloved NHS, which I have such respect for, cannot possibly be an institution that perpetuates racism, can it?
Advanced nurse practitioners are having a moment. This week a milestone was reached: the first national training framework for all health and care professionals working at an advanced level was published.