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Many UK healthcare professionals still “panic” when they come across a case of female genital mutilation (FGM), according to a leading specialist midwife who has called for improvements to training and services.
Workforce remains one of the biggest challenges for the nursing profession to overcome, England’s outgoing chief nursing officer Professor Jane Cummings has told Nursing Times.
Creating national standards for advanced nursing will put an end to the “devaluing” of staff and ensure their skills are recognised equally by all employers, those behind the work have told Nursing Times.
Aggressive nursing recruitment in poorer nations struggling with their own nurse shortages is “unethical”, according to an international nursing leader who says countries like the UK must try harder to grow their own workforce.
A mental health nurse who overcame alcoholism and successfully regained his registration has called for more support for other nurses battling addiction.
“Nurses could be a voice to be reckoned with if we became more politically astute,” says Danielle Tiplady, who in the last three years has become one of the most influential nurses on the picket line and one of most prominent voices behind the campaign to shake up the Royal College of Nursing.
All NHS trusts should have a director of midwifery to avoid maternity services getting “lost” within nursing, according to the chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Midwives.
Prison nurses are viewed as either “brave or stupid” by staff in other sectors, according to a senior nurse who has called for more work to bust myths and promote the many positive aspects of this challenging yet rewarding role.
Most nurse line managers are struggling to find the time to provide meaningful support and advice to staff and are under increasing pressure as they try to juggle conflicting demands of their role, a survey by Nursing Times has revealed.
“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.
More than half of nursing staff have considered leaving the profession due to money problems, according to a “shocking” new survey that has sparked calls for employers to introduce greater support for struggling workers.
The object in question resembles a toddler’s drinking cup. It’s plastic and there’s a lid from which protrudes a wide, circular spout. But you won’t find a Thomas the Tank Engine logo on it, as this receptacle – the plastic spouted beaker – is what many older patients in care homes and some NHS wards are given to drink from.
Making the most of digital technology can help tackle staffing shortages and ensure nurses spend more time on direct patient care, according to a nurse who hopes to convince others of the benefits.
Widespread shortages of nursing staff, chronic underfunding and an over-burdened health system struggling to cope – welcome to the new National Health Service in 1948.
The UK’s most widely-used safe staffing tool will need to evolve to take into account different types of nursing role, according to one of its architects, who says the profession must embrace the opportunities provided by new job titles and routes into nursing.
National efforts to stop nurses from leaving their jobs, and in some cases the profession altogether, have seen some employers reduce turnover, but it is still “very early days”, according to a senior nurse at England’s NHS regulator.
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.
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.
The skills and ongoing development of the mental health nursing workforce must be recognised, including by nurses themselves, if a new drive to improve services is to be a success, according to a senior NHS leader and nurse.
The majority of nurses will never be able to scrape together enough to buy a home in the capital, according to the Royal College of Nursing’s new director for London, who warns more must be done to tackle the high living costs that are exacerbating staffing shortages.
The arrival of winter has become synonymous with missed waiting time targets, cancelled operations and efforts to redirect people away from accident and emergency departments.
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.
Winning the “hearts and minds” of nursing staff is among the first priorities in a concerted drive to improve her struggling hospital trust’s performance, a new chief nurse has told Nursing Times.
Degree-level nurse apprenticeships that were originally intended to start this month have been largely delayed until 2018 at the earliest, amid claims that employers are struggling to support new training routes designed to ease workforce shortages.
Evidence shows that hospitals that encourage research by nurses provide better care, but ongoing pressures means it is not always seen as a priority, warns a member of the profession behind a new strategy aimed at strengthening the clinical research nursing workforce.
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.
It was 6 o’clock in the morning on the 14 June when London community mental health nurse Ian Sorzano was woken up by his brother and first learnt of the fire at Grenfell Tower.
New nurse MP vows to fight 'insulting' pay restraint Subscription
Pay restraint for nurses and other NHS staff that has lasted for seven years is an “insult” to the profession, a newly elected nurse MP has told Nursing Times as she vowed to fight until the 1% public sector wages cap had been lifted.
The extreme pressure on nursing and other NHS staff is making it harder for them to act quickly to prevent life-threatening sepsis, according to one survivor who lost all his limbs to the condition.
A nurse whistleblower is taking the profession’s regulator to court in order to help restore her reputation, having already successfully fought to clear her name, she tells Nursing Times.
The health service has rightly been praised for its response to the terror attack in Manchester on 22 May. Nursing Times spoke to seven nurses involved in treating victims and organising care.
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.
Sensors in soap dispensers could soon be used to check whether nurses have washed their hands, the first trust to trial “TeleTracking” technology in the NHS has told Nursing Times.
A Nursing Times investigation has revealed that thousands of nurses accept payments and benefits from the UK pharmaceutical industry each year, sparking warnings that they should “keep their eyes wide open” in dealings with drugs companies.
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.
Apprenticeships should not be seen as a solution to the nursing workforce crisis and traditional university training must be the “absolute priority and focus”, warns a leading figure in nurse education.
Workforce pressures, education structures and negative perceptions are all holding back nurse involvement in vital research and innovation that could benefit patient care, a Nursing Times survey has revealed.
The new nursing associate role has been developed very much with England in mind but how and if it will fit into the healthcare systems of the rest of the UK remains undecided, Nursing Times can reveal.
Staying in touch with the realities of frontline nursing and clinical practice is key to successful management, says a senior nurse credited with helping transform the culture at her struggling trust.
Revised pre-registration nurse training standards being developed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council will “raise the bar” of practice in the future, the regulator’s new head of education has said.
A mixed picture is emerging of the impact of the move from bursaries to loans for student nurses in England, with placements seen as a pivotal factor, according to an investigation by Nursing Times.