Analysis, interviews and investigations
Who is promising what on health ahead of the general election and who should nurses vote for? Difficult questions to answer, but here Nursing Times sets out some of what we know so far.
A further fall in the number of nurses and midwives registered to work in the UK was revealed this month, setting alarm bells ringing among employers, nursing leaders and unions.
Offering a more “flexible” career path will be key to encouraging more newly-qualified nurses into general practice settings and to also tempting former staff back, according to the chief nursing officer for England.
Nursing workforce shortages remain the “biggest issue” for the profession right now, with the risk of another situation like that at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust having never gone away, the leader of the Royal College of Nursing has warned.
Newly qualified nursing associates should be limited in the routes they can administer medication, including controlled drugs, but there is no evidence their introduction will pose a risk to patient safety, according to the academic charged with scrutinising the controversial new role.
The outdated image UK nursing presents to the world is one of the key problems for the profession in this country, according to an influential nursing leader and academic.
Concerns that too few public health and community nurses are being trained in England are growing, as new figures indicate a number of universities have seen reductions in the amount of funded course places they are able to offer this year.
“This wasn’t a Magdalene Laundry, this was an NHS hospital with nurses in uniform,” reflects a former nurse and MP who is fighting for answers five decades after her baby was forcibly adopted.
Trainee nursing associates are already being used to help plug gaps in rotas left by vacant nurse posts in some areas, an investigation by Nursing Times has revealed.
Gaps in services are now appearing due to learning disabilities nursing workforce shortages while the pipeline of new nurses coming into the specialty is also at significant risk, sparking calls for a national campaign specifically focused on it to boost numbers.