On the pulse
A 17-year-old at risk of suicide needs more than a strategy – she needs a place of safetySubscription
In the week the government announced a major mental health workforce plan, a distressing case brought into focus just how urgently action is needed.
Earlier this month, I received a phone call from a school nurse in Slough, who explained to me that she was concerned about the imminent transfer of her service’s contract to a private provider.
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.