On The Pulse
The future of nursing is in your handsSubscription
Nurses often complain that policies, practices and decisions are made above their heads and they are not included in conversations that define the profession.
The revelation this week that there have been 23% fewer people in England applying to undergraduate nursing courses in 2017 compared with 2016 will not have come as a surprise to most people.
Do nurses speak enough about what they do well? Do you find the time to share good ideas with colleagues? Do you ever have the opportunity to ask other nurses or health professionals about the good things they are doing? Could you save yourself reinventing the wheel by sharing more?
The pros and cons of 12-hour shifts are a much debated topic within nursing as they now make up about a third of all shifts. Brought in over the last 20 years or so to make efficiencies and cut staffing costs, they have proved popular with nurses who find they offer significant advantages for running their lives.
Who would you give a birthday honour to?Subscription
The wonderful but self-effacing Crystal Oldman, chief executive of the Queen’s Nursing Institute, deserved her CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. And I say that not because I am a QNI trustee, but because she is passionate about nursing care in the community and cares deeply about representing those nurses and their patients.
Is Jeremy on the hunt for more cash for nurses?Subscription
In these uncertain and unpredictable times, could we about to see the something even more unusual, namely the government giving nurses a better pay rise?
Theresa May might be feeling stressed, uncertain about her future and concerned that she does not have the resources to do a good job this morning. If she is, perhaps she might have a little bit of an insight into how most nurses feel about their jobs every day of the week.
In the last few weeks we ran two stories that will make interesting reading for anyone who is trying to visualise the direction of nursing in the next 10 years.
Do we need more men in general practice nursing?Subscription
Have we done enough to rid the health service of prejudice among staff? When was the last time you saw a male practice nurse? Where does the perception of practice nursing as a destination for the final years of your career come from? Would having a wider demographic represented in community nursing enable the NHS to serve the population’s health needs better?
Has Theresa May given up on the nursing vote?Subscription
Do you know how you are going to vote on 8 June? Two party leaders hoping to persuade nurses to mark the X in the box next to their names addressed the Royal College of Nursing Congress this week, but the one who stayed away arguably got noticed more – by her absence.