The Francis report has got the nation talking of the need to reintroduce compassion into healthcare - but where did it go in the first place?
We have become obsessed with nursing numbers and ratios. Tweets and blogs regularly call for more nurses. The debate regarding the right nursing numbers and skill mix to properly care for the UK population in acute settings has been going on for years.
There is much evidence to show the high numbers of nurses who leave the profession within a short time of qualifying.
Care, Compassion, Communication, Competence, Commitment and Courage - the 6Cs.
A nursing and midwifery career gives us incredible experiences and privileges.
Can nurses provide better care if they have a degree?
We live in an environment of “deficit journalism” - the focus is rarely on what is going right in the world.
Over the last six months, I have been privileged to meet and work with around 300 senior nurses from across England.
The importance of the recent report on the management of in-hospital cardiac arrest by the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death should not be underestimated.
My father, who has dementia, has just passed another major milestone, his 85th birthday.