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When we think of the word empathy, we often think of knowing how it feels to walk in the shoes of others.
Here we are in January once again, with a whole year stretching out before us. But what will it bring for nursing and healthcare?
I know many of you will spend Christmas staffing wards, working in the community or general practice, in mental health units, schools or even posted overseas.
It was World Mental Health Day in October 2018. As the day went by, I saw my Twitter feed filling in very quickly with hashtags including #worldmentalhealthday and #itsoknottobeok.
It could be said that, when it comes to nursing, the UK is in the midst of a perfect storm.
Virtually everyone who has ever had a job has experience of being managed and many will also have experience of being managers in their own right.
The NHS recently celebrated its 70th anniversary. The celebrations reminded us all of how many lives the NHS touches. And it’s no exaggeration to say that throughout most of the NHS’s existence, apprentices have made a huge contribution to its success.
No one in the health sector could doubt after the latest set of official figures that nursing is facing an unprecedented recruitment challenge
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This week we published a research study on how student nurses see their professional identity. Previous evidence has shown that by the time students are ready to qualify many are still not confident in this identity.
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.
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The news last week that the chief nursing officer for England role could be realigned to sit across both NHS Improvement and NHS England when Jane Cummings departs her role could weaken nursing’s voice further at a senior level.
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Joan Pons Laplana, transformation nurse at James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has his say on the recent pay rise proposals.
Despite taking a new role and an inevitable increase in responsibility, Beck Sherrington is still dedicated to working on the front line.
Recruiting the right nurses can be a tricky task, so Carly Huish and colleagues came up with a new way to do it.
Google “Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba” and you’ll find a raft of supportive opinions from the British Medical Journal, medic bloggers and fellow doctors who believe she’s a scapegoat.
Claire Read reports on a roundtable discussion about how technology can support community nurses.
Unlike in many other European countries, responsibility for laundering uniforms in the UK has mainly been handed to nurses themselves. Gone are the days when at the end of your shift you could go to your locker, change out of your dirty uniform, put it into a laundry basket and then collect it crisp and neatly folded from the hospital laundry a few days later.
Nursing on the critical listSubscription
Professor Ann Marie Rafferty has her say on the importance of the health select committee report into nursing, and why it’s crucial in the fight to save the profession.
There are not enough nurses, the ones we have got are being demoralised because the NHS is not providing them with enough training, and many are working in dreadful conditions that means they cannot possibly provide care to the standard that is required and that they want to.
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One of the things that Helen Christodoulides cares passionately about is the health and wellbeing of colleagues, not just nurses but that of any professional or member of staff working in the delivery of healthcare.
Once again, I have just listened to a well thought out, intellectually advanced, clinically forward-thinking presentation by a nurse.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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Asthma treatment guidance is essential - but only if it’s not contradictory, explains Natalie Harper, the respiratory advanced nurse practitioner at Dorset County Hospital.
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 reveals how her study into compassion fatigue shows an increasing need for health care organisations to support their employees.
“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?
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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Hilary Garratt, director of nursing at NHS England, explains how nurses are crucial in helping to deliver the ‘NHS Five Year Forward View’.
Within every nursing course, student nurses across the UK are learning the theory behind important leadership skills, explains student nurse, Leanne Patrick.
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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.
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.
I am new to healthcare. I joined Nursing Times in the summer, having spent most of my career working for a TV corporation. My main role is helping to develop Nursing Times’ digital platforms and, to do so, it’s essential that I learn as much as I possibly can about the nursing profession.
Questions bounced around the lecture theatre full of student nurses in 2016, “What does this mean for us?”, “I wouldn’t have done the nursing course if I could get paid to be a nursing associate” and “who will be responsible for them when they do meds?”
What frustrated you most on your last shift? What will prevent you from providing the level of care you want to give to your patients on your next shift?
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.