On The Pulse
As the NHS continues to face workforce challenges, the attention this week has focused on how the recruitment of people from outside of the UK might look after the UK’s departure from the European Union.
The path leading to the Royal College of Nursing’s extraordinary general meeting is turning out to have more twists and turns than I, and probably others, had originally foreseen.
Nurse handed caution for not carrying out CPR on “clearly dead patient” (Nursing Times, 7 March 2017); Prison told to issue guidance after nurses carried out CPR on “clearly dead” inmate (Nursing Times, 22 August 2018).
Have we forgotten that measles can be a killer?Subscription
Until the late 20th century measles was considered an almost inevitable disease of childhood – although adults are also susceptible.
I was contacted around a month ago out of the blue by an organisation telling me the good news that Nursing Times was to be inducted into an international ‘hall of fame’ for publications that have made significant contributions to the profession.
“We can no longer accept women and men with severe mental illness struggling to access the high-quality care and support they ought to receive during their lifetime and dying 15 to 20 years before they should”, wrote Karen Turner and Tim Kendall – respectively director of mental health and national clinical director for mental health at NHS England – in their foreword to Forward Thinking.
Nursing Times recently reported on the findings of a Cochrane systematic review into the impact of nurses working as substitutes for primary care doctors.
A few weeks ago a discussion on Twitter began with a plea from a frustrated anaesthetist.
Mr Hancock… we have a workforce problemSubscription
Two articles that have made Nursing Times headlines in July together offer a powerful warning about the future of the nursing profession. It is not a new warning but it is one that has been growing in significance.
Last week I attended an event to discuss the challenges facing the social care sector and how best to raise awareness of them in the media.
See yourself in the new nursing media campaignSubscription
This week we published a research study on how student nurses see their professional identity. Previous evidence has shown that by the time students are ready to qualify many are still not confident in this identity.
Hidden among this week’s many headlines on the 70th birthday of the NHS was an important piece of nursing research that also deserves a fanfare.
I have read many distressing reports into care failings by NHS and independent sector providers over the years, but the report of the inquiry into the care provided at Gosport War Memorial Hospital between 1989 and 2000 still shocked me.
For nearly two decades patient safety experts have looked to the airline industry as a model for safety and reporting practices.
Relaxing immigration rules is a start, but more work is needed to address workforce shortagesSubscription
Government plans to relax immigration rules for non-EU skilled workers, allowing more nurses and doctors into the UK, have come as welcome news this week.
At the weekend I was sadly reminded of the terror attacks in London this time last year and in particular the striking image of one of the victims – nurse Kirsty Boden posing with some sunflowers.
Last weekend I watched the BBC programme The Big Question, which explored whether robots and artificial intelligence could do more harm than good.
We must move care into the community to improve how we deliver services for patients. How long and how often has that goal been proclaimed over the last 20 years or more?
What is it that is happening across half of the UK that the Royal College of Nursing thinks could be a major catalyst in helping to tackle nurse shortages in the other half?
There aren’t many moments in nursing when you have a chance to pause, take a deep breath and feel the pride of being a nurse.