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.
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
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
Dementia is definitely one of the greatest challenges we face, says Mandy Bailey, who describes how University Hospital of South Manchester Foundation Trust is tackling this through a focused recruitment drive
Unless the nursing profession is more explicit about its unique contribution, it will be exposed to the threat of substitution, warns Elaine Maxwell
Through my experience in community nursing I believe registered nurses in district nursing teams need further academic support and clinical development after being in community practice for one year
Practice nurses need support from their employers to find time for training and CPD, especially now with the arrival of revalidation, says Janet Smith
When her practice’s IT system goes through an upgrade, Jane Warner feels thrown in at the deep end of the pool. She pleads for more training and smoother transitions
There are brilliant examples of good dementia care in the NHS, but to make that happen everywhere, nurses and other healthcare staff need to learn how to secure the support of families and friends, stresses June Andrews
Thanks to the advanced training practice scheme in Yorkshire and Humber, many more student nurses chose to go into practice nursing, says Pete Lane
It takes courage to speak out and raise concerns in the workplace, which is why student nurses need to be trained in that area, says Emma Blakey
Challenging but extremely valuable: this is how Natalie Chell describes her experience of working on a ward as part of a pre-nursing degree pilot programme
Studying to become a nurse means going through a constant whirlwind of placements, work, essays, reading and exams, explains Rachael Starkey. Nurse training shouldn’t be easy, but does it need to be so intense, chaotic and stressful?
There is substantial evidence on the impact of war conflict on children’s and adults’ physical and mental wellbeing, in particular the recurrent conflict in the Gaza Strip
Revitalised return to practice programmes make it easier for former nurses to come back to the profession, says Janice Stevens
Student nurse Jessica Ross explains how she came up with an innovative idea to help patients getting a good night’s sleep
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
One morning recently, I attended my biennial mentorship update, led by a representative of the local university. By the afternoon, I was wondering whether to follow my wife’s lead and give up mentorship
Pain is the main reason people seek healthcare. It has a devastating effect on patients and families
Newly qualified nurses face many challenges - being in charge of the care needs of patients who are seriously ill, having to delegate and often taking higher than expected levels of responsibility at short notice due to staff shortages.
Today I had a fight; not a real “coming to blows” fight but I had to fight. I had to have the courage and wisdom to stand up to a group of lay people.
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Caring for her mother during a hospital stay made Nadia Dossa realise that nurses do not have the time to provide fundamental care to patients. She expresses her concern over lack of staff leading to poor standards of care
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
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.
Moving patients from ward to ward and bay to bay is a common activity in the NHS.
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.
Can nurses provide better care if they have a degree?
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.
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
I work with people with dementia and their loved ones, helping them access information on essential matters such as support services and living with dementia.
Entering into a dialogue with patients about the care we give would result in meaningful feedback
Nurses need to be allowed to provide holistic care that is individual to the needs of their patients
Nurses must ensure that ward rounds do not become tick-box exercises
The value of nursing lies in the opportunity to affect individual lives and the personal rewards that this brings - especially at Christmas
Nurses need to demonstrate their contribution to care by describing, measuring and comparing what they do at an international level
Healthcare assistants need more training to distinguish between moisture lesions and pressure ulcers
Should nurses focus on nursing and leave management to the managers?
Nurses still need to push for equality with doctors
Increasing life expectancy should be celebrated, but with it comes the challenges of the increased likelihood of multiple health conditions.
NHS Direct saves the health service millions by reducing attendances at A&E and GP practices. We talk to Antonina Kimonge to find out what it takes to be the voice on the end of the line.
All courses leading to the registered nurse qualification will be at degree level by 2013. While this move could increase the status and inluence of the nursing profession, it has implications for diversity and equality.
Pain assessment is a neglected area but it should be seen as the fifth vital sign alongside other observations. Failure to identify and treat pain can be construed as torture, argues Felicia Cox
While testing to ascertain whether aspiring nurses are compassionate has some value, this vital quality of nursing can and should be taught by example, argues Val Newton
Leg ulcer care is complex, and a lack of understanding by managers and funders about its management can cause unnecessary costs and harm care, says Irene Anderson