In July 2014, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence launched its stafe staffing guideline in adult acute wards. This is long overdue, says Liz Rix, but this is also an opportunity too good to miss
Nurses have a role to play in encouraging care home staff to think about how they can support residents to stay as active as possible, says Karin Tancock
Jane Warner highlights the urgency of transferring the expertise of general practice nurses to new generations of student nurses - which requires a shake-up of pre-registration education
The Point of Care started in 2006 with a story - well, two stories actually.
The importance of the “little” things in nursing, such as kindness and compassion, are often talked about but without the recognition that these are far from “little” things.
I am not sure there has ever been a golden era of nursing. Certainly, I would be the first to criticise my own training with its flaws and inadequacies, but it did teach me fundamental skills, which I have always thought were pivotal to being a nurse
The Francis report has given impetus to what many agree is long overdue - an effective system for nurse regulation. I want people to be confident in nurses
Two contrasting events occurred this month. Both stirred my emotions. More NHS bad news was splashed all over the media. On the front page of The Guardian, “Hospital faces claim of cancer care cover-up. Police considering allegations that delays to treatment put lives at risk”. Despite living and working over a hundred miles from Colchester I was upset. As an NHS nurse, I felt connected to the allegations of poor care.
At times, the way doctors and nurses work together on general wards can feel like a divorced couple who are no longer speaking.
What causes doctors and nurses stress? I investigated this with a survey as part of my master’s degree and, at times, I was shocked by the responses.