Claire Kent reflects on how difficult it is to prioritise tasks and give enough attention to staff wellbeing in an extremely busy leadership role
Chesterfield Royal Hospital Foundation Trust is supporting more flexible working for nurses, and will monitor and support those who are interested in working nights, whether permanently or in longer blocks. Allowing staff this flexibility will benefit patients and staff, says Jayne Tague
Georgina Morley explains why, in the light of the nursing recruitment crisis, moral distress in the healthcare workforce must be taken more seriously
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Sharon Bird and Julie Hughes remind us of the opportunities and benefits of using volunteers, and that paid staff should not feel threatened by their involvement
By paying attention to people with dementia, hospital nurses can find that workloads are reduced, not increased, argues June Andrews
Gathering, right from the time of admission, information that will be key for discharge is one of those ‘small things’ that can improve discharge from hospital, argues Liz Lees-Deutsch
Bill Whitehead outlinew the different routes for nurses to pursue professional advancement and how the different roles should fit together with those of doctors
Healthcare support staff need better recognition, consideration and career opportunities, says Ian Wheeler, so they can fully play their role in the health sector
Could pharmacy staff become involved in medicines administration on the wards? The small print of Lord Carter’s independent report into operational productivity and performance suggests so, says Martin Shepherd
The trust where I work has established a system of shared governance. Staff have collective ownership to develop and improve practice, to ensure patients receive caring, safe and confident care. As a discussion article in this week’s Nursing Times explains, shared governance places staff at the centre of the decision-making process and sees managers having a facilitative leadership role.
Liz Charalambous reflects on some of the challenges that await new recruits to the nursing profession, including top-down and inflexible management
Unless the nursing profession is more explicit about its unique contribution, it will be exposed to the threat of substitution, warns Elaine Maxwell
Businessman Lord Rose recently described performance management in the NHS as “haphazard and weak”, adding that NHS staff were “drowning” in bureaucracy
Mandie Sunderland stresses the value of a frontline leadership model where staff have collective ownership to develop and improve practice
In Northumbria, the vital role of healthcare assistants has been acknowledged through a change of title, explains Elaine Henderson: they are now called nursing assistants
Education and research need to be integrated into practice, not isolated from it, and specialist centres have a central role to play in developing partnerships with other providers, higher education institutions and other bodies, believes Paul Fish
The role of clinical research nurses will be duly highlighted and promoted by the Shape of Caring Review, thinks Christine Norton
Becoming an active member of a professional organisation may take you out of your comfort zone, but is interesting and rewarding, says Rebecca Sherrington
Why is nurses’ contribution to policy development and decision-making marginalised or even ignored, asks Susan Hamer
Creating a safety culture requires acting on safety concerns rather than just counting past harms, says Elaine Maxwell
Liz Charalambous believes nursing is on course for a brighter future, despite the fact that it may have lost something of value from its ‘good old days’
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
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.
Recently I sat with a group of worried doctors who after two years of aggressive recruitment for junior medical staff had not had a single applicant.
We need national guidance on out-of-hours care to ensure people who are deemed fit for discharge are able to go home, argue Liz Lees and Philip Dyer.
For the last 25 years, I have been working in the field of wound healing and more recently in lymphoedema.
In 2004, a child died after being fed through a nasogastric tube that had been misplaced in her lungs.
Only the most ardent retro fan would seriously entertain a return to the days of the nursing cap.
Evaluation through measurement is key to improving quality but how ready are we to be transparent about nursing performance, asks Anne Cooper.
Despite school nurses’ remarkable contribution to the health of young people, we are facing a shortage of these vital practitioners - and increasing demands for their services.
Good communication, openness, honesty and support are key to making palliative care manageable for relatives and carers
The potential that social media has to reach out to patients and the public is enormous, and healthcare professionals are just starting to act on this.