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 loudest “noise” in the nursing profession following the Francis report and the government response has been around the proposal that prospective student nurses should spend a year working as a healthcare assistant before starting a nursing degree.
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?
Focusing care on what is important to individuals as human beings enables us to understand and more fully appreciate a person’s personal experience of ill health, enabling us to have a better understanding of how to support them.
I began my nursing career in the late 1970s as a healthcare assistant (or auxiliary nurse as I was called back then), and was fortunate to be supported by a sister who saw the “nurse” in me and encouraged me to enter nurse training. Download a print-friendly PDF file of this article here
Moving patients from ward to ward and bay to bay is a common activity in the NHS. Download a print-friendly PDF file of this article here
The NHS could transform the way we manage the rehabilitation of older patients by changing the way we educate and prepare healthcare assistants.
Changes in the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 that came into force this year have enabled appropriately qualified nurses to independently prescribe controlled drugs (CDs), mix controlled drugs with another medicine, and use CDs in patient group directions.
In the last 10 years there has been a huge expansion in research, literature, expert opinion, new technology and government strategies aimed at reducing complications associated with invasive biomedical devices.
Ambulatory emergency care (AEC), or same-day emergency care, is an evolving approach in which appropriate adult emergency patients can be diagnosed, treated and discharged from hospital on the same day.