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We know that mentors find the assessment of healthcare students difficult. With limited time to perform the role and balancing this against the ever-increasing demands and workload, it can feel like one responsibility too many for busy nurses.
Last week, I was delighted to attend the inaugural National Student Nurse Congress organised by Nikki Yun, an intensive care staff nurse from St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Sometimes I go for a walk in the local cemetery. I like to wander round looking at old headstones and wondering about the lives of the dead. I’m often drawn to a small one in the middle of a patch of grass that simply has a name, an age, 8, and a date, 1934. Immediately sad isn’t it? Compounded by the fact that the grave was all on its own.
This month’s issue of Nursing Times focuses on learning disabilities, both from the perspective of general nurses caring for people affected by a learning disability and that of nurses working in the specialty itself.
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Since the removal of the NHS nursing bursary in England in 2016, applications to nursing courses have fallen by 38%.
Two years ago I decided to step out of my comfort zone and become one of the first nursing associates in the country.
Today, the Nursing and Midwifery Council opens its register to nursing associates (NAs).
Bringing together student nurses from different branches as part of their education has huge benefits, not only for the students but also for patients, says Fiona Cust
The education of our nursing workforce is poised to hit the headlines once again when evidence is presented to the Education Select Committee, to understand why nursing degree apprenticeships are not taking off.
The NHS is a challenging place to work but equally rewarding and energising. Return to practice gives an amazing opportunity to reconnect with our passion for the profession for those with a lapsed PIN. In this blog, Bev Matthews and Chris Jones share their experiences as student and tutor.
Nursing is an exciting, challenging and rewarding career, but would benefit from including more men.
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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I am often asked why I chose to be a nurse, what it’s really like and what I would say to someone thinking about taking up a career in nursing. For me it was very much a personal experience. As a teenager my Mum was in hospital quite a lot; I used to go and visit her and watch what the nurses did on the ward.
NHS Blood and Transplant is a special health authority that provide a blood and transplantation service to the NHS, looking after blood donation services in England and transplant services across the UK. This week, we’re looking at the work of lead nurse for paediatric and neonatal donation and transplantation Angie Scales.
NHS Blood and Transplant is a special health authority that provide a blood and transplantation service to the NHS, looking after blood donation services in England and transplant services across the UK. This week, we’re looking at the work of practice development nurse in blood donation Hannah Perry.
NHS Blood and Transplant is a special health authority that provide a blood and transplantation service to the NHS, looking after blood donation services in England and transplant services across the UK. This week, we’re looking at the work of the patient blood management practitioner team’s education lead Anne Davidson.
Despite the increasing complexity of nursing practice there is still a significant number of people who think nursing degrees are unnecessary.
'Nurses are adaptable and able to change'Subscription
I sat next to a nurse at dinner this week, and he told me that he was extremely positive about the profession. I haven’t heard that for a while, so I asked him why.
For the last 99 years the work of learning disability (LD) nurses has been largely hidden within the wider nursing family; much like the population that we serve.
‘Let’s axe the culture wars on nurse education’Subscription
Rachel Sylvester, The Times journalist, recently argued axing bursaries was an act of self-harm.
The peculiar term ‘cultural cringe’ describes an internalised inferiority complex that causes people to dismiss their own culture.
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.
In a world where technology is changing at an exceptional rate and the landscape of the health and social care system is constantly developing, the Nursing and Midwifery Council faces a great challenge in preparing nurses and midwives for practice in 2030 and beyond.
To introduce our new series of articles on nursing theories, Hazel Chapman explains the importance of filling the gap between nursing theory and nursing practice
Jeremy Hunt’s announcement that 5,170 extra undergraduate nurse placements will be created in 2018 is very welcome, if long overdue.
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Swansea university’s skills nurse tutor, Rebecca Dowle, on why it’s important to give international nurses the same opportunites as those from the UK.
The quality and safety of health and social care is heavily dependent on investment in the continuing education of existing staff.
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Many conferences which purport to tackle student mental health issues are more concerned with making money than helping those in higher education
Back in the mid-1980s a third-year student nurse was charged with showing me, a first-year student nurse, how to give a depot injection.
For over 40 years, Hilary Shoesmith dedicated her life to nursing. On 31 January, Ms Shoesmith passed away at the age of 58 and it is clear from the comments and memories shared with Nursing Times that her compassionate personality was adored by many, including loved ones, colleagues, students and patients.
Last year, after nine years of working as a staff nurse and deputy sister within acute medicine, I moved into teaching at a large university.
Professor Jaqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE, one of Nursing Times’ Most Inspirational Leaders in 2015, winner of the HSJ BME Pioneers award and recent recipient of an OBE in the 2017 New Years honours list, talks to us about what it’s like to cut against the grain and achieve big
You remember the government’s plan to increase the number of registered nurses? It was the really well thought-through one about removing the bursary to open the floodgates to all those people who wanted to pay for the privilege of becoming a registered nurse.
'The partnership between academia and clinical practice is more important than I'd realised'Subscription
After her first year in academia, Katherine has found her professional pride and focus on providing excellent care has anything but wained
In its Council meeting tomorrow the Nursing and Midwifery Council will debate whether it will accept the invitation to regulate the new nursing associate role.
Well 2016 was annoying wasn’t it? It started badly with the death of David Bowie, got ridiculous with Brexit and then went full ‘let’s eat our own feet, then go down the disco’ with the US electing as its president a man who has both the hair and the intellect of a coconut.
'Nurse education standards must be prioritised'Subscription
Institutions providing pre-registration courses for nursing students have a duty to make sure they are of a high quality and provide students with all they need to ensure they make excellent nurses at the end of their three years of training.
The new role is said to have been developed in order to bridge the gap between registered nurses and healthcare assistants. Student affairs editor, Anthony, considers its implications.
Michelle Quested talks to Nursing Times about the difficulties of going back to nursing after losing the ability to walk
A lot of people knock modern nurse education, but I feel the need to stand up for students
We talk to Paula Crick, dean of the College of Health and Social Care, University of Derby, who has been a nurse for 32 years.
Dr Kirsten Jack has developed an online community that helps student and qualified nurses reflect on their practice in a creative way
We talk to Julie Hamilton, head of nursing for education, revalidation and regulation at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust (GSTT), who has been a nurse for 19 years
CPD's not just for qualified nursesSubscription
Student NT Editor, Rebecca Wallett, explains how CPD can help with your practice both before and after qualifying and, crucially, help you stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs
'Nursing was something I always wanted to do'Subscription
We talk to Deborah Sturdy, visiting professor at Bucks New University and independent consultant nurse/nurse adviser for Care England. She has been a nurse for 31 years.
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Suzanne Beaty tells us why she wants to equip nurses with high-quality clinical skills
We talk to Debra Jackson, professor and director at Oxford Institute for Nursing and Allied Health Research
As far back as 2009 a Nursing Times survey revealed gaps in continence care training and education. At that time more than one-third of over 1,000 respondents said they had not received any education about caring for incontinent patients in their nurse training, and 53% had had no training after registration.
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Ever since we broke the story on the nursing associate role, people have asked what Nursing Times’ position is on the issue.
On hearing that I’m a nurse, the usual response is “Oh! Which hospital do you work in?