Academics and unions have called for an urgent government response to latest figures confirming that fewer nurses are joining the NHS than leaving it.
NHS mental health trusts are struggling to staff services on a daily basis, with some regularly resorting to using healthcare assistants in place of registered nurses, a new report by a think-tank has found.
Nursing professors and leaders have warned of the potential “confusion” and “danger” arising from the varied training nursing associates are being given on pilot programmes.
Perceptions of poor quality hospital care are strongly linked to there being too few nurses on duty, rather than staff being “uncaring”, according to new analysis of patient satisfaction levels in England.
Newly qualified nursing associates should be limited in the routes they can administer medication, including controlled drugs, but there is no evidence their introduction will pose a risk to patient safety, according to the academic charged with scrutinising the controversial new role.
The first nursing associates are being trained in a myriad of different ways and across varying scopes of practice, an investigation by Nursing Times into the controversial new role reveals.
A leading hospital trust has been forced to reassure cancer patients their chemotherapy treatment will continue as normal after an internal memo suggested it could be cut or delayed due to nursing staff shortages.
Female nurses who regularly work nights are significantly more likely to develop breast cancer and other common forms of the disease than those on day shifts, suggests a new study.
Homes being built on land sold off by the NHS will be largely unaffordable for nurses, suggesting government pledges to offer staff “first refusal” may be “worth little” in some cases, a report by a think-tank has claimed.
Patients with dementia are being given few opportunities to have drinks of water on wards and in accident and emergency, which is leaving them “extremely vulnerable”, a review of London hospitals has found.