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Opinion, analysis and debate

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  • 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.

  • Nicola merrifield

    Advanced practice is here to stay – but does it mean leaving nursing behind?Subscription

    17 November, 2017 By Nicola Merrifield

    Advanced nurse practitioners are having a moment. This week a milestone was reached: the first national training framework for all health and care professionals working at an advanced level was published.

  • jenni middleton

    Let's celebrate the work of the clinical evaluation teamSubscription

    15 November, 2017 By Jenni Middleton

    My news editor Steve Ford commented to me last week that basically I am always angry whenever I write anything about nursing. And he’s probably right – but I’ve a lot to be angry about.

  • jenni middleton

    Would you want to be cared for by a nurse like you?Subscription

    9 November, 2017 By Jenni Middleton

    Would you like to be cared for by all the nurses and doctors who work in your organisation? That was the question posed by one of our speakers yesterday at the Nursing Times Team Leaders’ Congress – breast cancer surgeon Liz O’Riordan.  

  • hilary

    Shaping the future of our NHSSubscription

    9 November, 2017

    Hilary Garratt, director of nursing at NHS England, explains how nurses are crucial in helping to deliver the ‘NHS Five Year Forward View’. 

  • Leadership nurses

    Professional courage as a skill in nursing educationSubscription

    7 November, 2017

    Within every nursing course, student nurses across the UK are learning the theory behind important leadership skills, explains student nurse, Leanne Patrick. 

  • Jenni middleton

    Recognising bravery at the Nursing Times AwardsSubscription

    3 November, 2017

    Last night at the Nursing Times Awards we paid tribute to the 11 trusts that received the victims of the terror attacks in Westminster, London Bridge and Manchester.

  • Eileen Shepherd

    An antibiotic crisis is coming - and we're all responsible for fighting itSubscription

    26 October, 2017 By Eileen Shepherd

    A few years ago I took my son to a walk-in centre with a bad cut on his knee. We walked into a consulting room and the nurse washed his hands, put on some gloves and started examining the wound. The telephone rang, he answered it with his gloves still on and then returned to my son’s knee. 

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