Analysis, interviews and investigations
Nurses with disabilities regularly face discrimination in the NHS, despite ongoing efforts to boost equality, an investigation by Nursing Times has found.
Nursing is set to be at the forefront of “revolutionary” changes in haemophilia care, but the profession still carries a burden of “guilt” from the contaminated blood scandal that saw hundreds of NHS patients infected with HIV and hepatitis C, according to a leading specialist nurse.
Here we unpack the key points made in a vital report contributed to by Nursing Times readers on the current state of the nursing workforce, the challenges facing it and the possible solutions.
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 first nursing associates are being trained in a myriad of different ways and across varying scopes of practice, an investigation by Nursing Times into the controversial new role reveals.
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.
Nurses are “unsung heroes” who need to be shown that they are valued, according to an award-winning matron credited with building a cohesive critical care team out of nursing staff from 38 countries.
The outdated image UK nursing presents to the world is one of the key problems for the profession in this country, according to an influential nursing leader and academic.
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.
Extra cash for clinical placements in England released by the government over the summer has been provided too late to make any significant difference to the number of nurses being trained at university this year, an investigation by Nursing Times has indicated.