Opinion, analysis and debate
I spent today with a clutch of matrons, is “clutch” right? Better than “gaggle”? I don’t think “herd” works.
We have just finished about a week and a half of judging for the Nursing Times Awards. It makes everyone in the office happy to have it flooded with nurses for those few days.
The NHS constitution sets out that the health service “touches our lives at times of basic human need, when care and compassion are what matter most”. This picture certainly describes the role we as nurses play within the NHS.
September usually signals a time when everyone returns from their summer break, ready to face the long slog of winter.
Last week’s news story about a community trust refusing funds raised by men dressed up as nurses provoked a mixed response from nurses.
So what is nursing? It seems to me that no one can really decide whether nurses should diagnose, prescribe and treat, or observe, provide personal care and assistance to patients and service users.
Good news! Thousands more university placements will be funded in England by the government to allow more students to train as nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.
The radio was awash with mental health nurses, former nurses and experts commenting on the health service on Monday, following Jeremy Hunt’s announcement that he’s going to find 21,000 more health professionals for the sector, as part of an “ambitious” workforce plan.
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A letter to NHS HR directors has revealed it would be possible for the rules on joining the UK register for overseas nurses and midwives to be changed pretty quickly.