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Opinion, analysis and debate

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  • NT Deputies 2016

    ‘We need to balance language testing and protecting the public’Subscription

    11 January, 2018

    In April, the House of Commons health select committee stated: “The government’s plan for our post-Brexit future should both ensure that health and social care providers can retain and recruit the brightest and best from all parts of the globe, and that the value of the contribution of lower-paid health and social care workers is recognised.”

  • Danny mortimer

    ‘Apprenticeships are a creative way to increase nurse numbers’Subscription

    11 January, 2018

    Reflecting back on my years in the NHS, I believe there has never been a more important time to develop long-term opportunities for people to enter our workforce.

  • janet davies

    ‘Nursing holds many solutions to the challenges the NHS faces’Subscription

    11 January, 2018

    One of the seasonal messages I received, which was from the European Federation of Nurses Associations, really resonated: “Enjoy the break and accumulate new strength and enthusiasm for next year.”

  • Anne-Claire Bouzanne

    Does your job title act as a barrier to patients?Subscription

    5 January, 2018 By Anne-Claire Bouzanne

    Who, in the UK health system, can honestly say that they have a clear understanding of the different job titles used in the nursing professions? Surely no more than a handful of people. 

  • natalie harper 2

    Current asthma guidance - where do we stand?Subscription

    3 January, 2018

    Asthma treatment guidance is essential - but only if it’s not contradictory, explains Natalie Harper, the respiratory advanced nurse practitioner at Dorset County Hospital. 

  • ann shuttleworth

    What’s in a name? A free and easy way to make your patients feel cared forSubscription

    28 December, 2017 By Ann Shuttleworth

    Hospitals are like foreign countries, where the familiar cultural norms don’t apply – or rather, that’s what they are like for patients. Where else would you disclose the most private information to strangers, or allow them to perform intimate – and often painful or unpleasant – procedures on you? 

  • kate upton

    Health care organisations must deal with compassion fatigueSubscription

    13 December, 2017

    Kate Upton reveals how her study into compassion fatigue shows an increasing need for health care organisations to support their employees. 

  • alisha poole

    Should nursing be a degree or was it better in the good old days?Subscription

    5 December, 2017

    “That wasn’t how we did it when I trained,” is a phrase Student NT editor Alisha Poole has heard on numerous occasions throughout her training. And it’s left her wondering, was it really so much better to train as a nurse before the degree course? 

  • helen smith

    It’s our time…Subscription

    1 December, 2017

    In any line of work it is easy to feel demotivated when you are overstretched, over worked, undervalued and underpaid. Nursing really ticks all these boxes at the moment and I think a lot of us believe we are at an all-time low right now, explains Helen Smith. 

  • Eileen Shepherd

    What we choose to wear is part of our identitySubscription

    29 November, 2017 By Eileen Shepherd

    On my student placement in the 1980s, the first thing I noticed was that everyone was up and dressed in day clothes first thing in the morning. My first impression was how different the ward looked compared to an acute medical ward, and how homely it felt.

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