Opinion, analysis and debate
Dr Anant Sachdev highly values the HCAs he works with at a GP practice, however one HCA’s actions and initiative led to a patient receiving care that went above and beyond the call of duty
Universities and community education providers must work together to support newly qualified nurses, say Carmel Blackie and Julia Billington
Hunt needs to fix the NHS, not blame its staffSubscription
Jeremy Hunt has accused GPs of being part of the winter pressure problem, and insisted they open their doors for longer. But is that really the cause of the NHS’s troubles?
Time to Change, the mental health anti-stigma campaign launched by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness in 2007, has achieved measurable attitudinal change in society, says Lisa Rodrigues
Jennifer Bird uses her personal experience to highlight the importance of after care and psychological dimensions of illnesses such as rectal cancer
David Parker-Radford calls on community nurses to take action in order to improve epilepsy care for the homeless
Helen Croft shares her enthusiasm for patient profiles as an alternative to standard care planning activity to increase service users’ engagement with their care
Ian Dove suggests that research and clinical nursing could be combined into one role, one that would be perfectly suited for clinical nurse specialists
Sally Bloomfield wonders how to restore confidence in hygiene, wrongly dismissed by some as an ’obsessive cleanliness’ responsible for a range of chronic diseases such as allergies and autoimmune conditions
It is no secret that the NHS is critically short of GPs. Yet obstacles to solving this problem appear to exist wherever you look.
Technology is now weaving its way into most clinical areas, says Jessica Ross, who warns against potential negative consequences for patients
Patient and public involvement groups ensure that carers and service users have their voices heard and become involved in research, says Liz Charalambous
Karen Shaw urges nurses and midwives to combat antimicrobial resistence by applying infection prevention and control measures while acting as patient advocates
The hidden value of the public health nurseSubscription
Do we take every opportunity to educate patients about how to use health services? Katrina Sealey appeals to NT readers to do just that
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 scrapping of NHS bursaries will deter people from studying nursing, particularly people who already have a professional and family life, says Sophia Koumi
Anything new can make us feel anxious, particularly if we feel that the change is being imposed on us. This is how many nurses feel about revalidation, says Rami Jumnoodoo
The milk of human kindnessSubscription
Carol Stonham aims to emphasise kindness in every aspect of her nursing career
Community care is often not seen as a viable first nursing role, but senior lecturer Neesha Oozageer Gunowa argues this belief is unfounded.
Together we can 'Stop the Pressure'Subscription
How much do we really know about the risk of an individual developing a pressure ulcer? Can we eliminate preventable pressure ulcers in the future?
Can you accept a free pen?Subscription
Have you recently been on an education trip or attended a lunch time session that was sponsored by a commercial company? Did you declare it to your organisation?
It is not always acknowledged that the levels of acuity and dependency of people being cared for at home means district and community nursing teams work 24/7.
While most people will be taking an extended break from work, nurses around the country will be delivering care to the one in four of the population with a long-term condition.
‘We need more voices for practice nurses’Subscription
A passion for nursing has shaped the last three decades of Susan Nightingale’s life
Rheumatoid arthritis nurse Alison Kent talks about what inspires her in nursing
Liz Charalambous reflects on some of the challenges that await new recruits to the nursing profession, including top-down and inflexible management
'Work away from the bedside matters too'Subscription
There has been much discussion and indeed criticism of how much time nurses waste in form filling and with time-consuming documentation. Undoubtedly some of this time is unnecessary and some of the forms are just filed in a big black hole.
Something happened that has left me deep in thought about my future career as a nurse.
Last month our special inquiry into discharge processes was published, revealing that thousands of vulnerable people are at risk because of premature, delayed or unsafe discharges.
'We are now contending with the public’s unrealistic expectation of what they are entitled to'Subscription
Irene Hall reflects on her 50 years in the NHS and what has changed during that time
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
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 should nurses fund manifesto pledge?'Subscription
As the election gets closer, all the political parties have worked out that offering the prospect of an improved NHS will be a vote winner.
Placements at GP clinics: what to expectSubscription
Claudia was thrilled to find out her first placement was at a GP clinic, but the placement wasn’t exactly what she expected
Thanks to the advanced training practice scheme in Yorkshire and Humber, many more student nurses chose to go into practice nursing, says Pete Lane
Creating a safety culture requires acting on safety concerns rather than just counting past harms, says Elaine Maxwell
NHS Change Day is about staff making small changes without asking permission. It has captured the imagination of nurses around her, says Kate Pound
What can nursing do to attract students and nurses to older people’s care, asks Liz Charalambous
We as nurses pride ourselves on our person-centred and holistic approach to caring for patients, particularly older people.
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
'Practice what you preach'Subscription
Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to eat more healthily, lose weight, tone up, or do more exercise? By the time this blog is published, apparently most people will have failed.
Does telephone triage for general practice facilitate speedier access to clinicians? Jane Warner questions recent research
In August 2014 I was fortunate enough to be admitted to BMI Healthcare as an NHS patient under the ‘choose and book’ scheme.
Leading health professionals have said that merging district and practice nursing teams is an almost inevitable consequence of moves to improve community health services.
Why are patients and healthcare professionals not as engaged with respiratory care as with other diseases?Subscription
Having been involved in the asthma deaths inquiry panel, Rebecca Sherrington questions why simple changes aren’t being made in respiratory care
When I qualified as a nurse in 1990 I was so relieved to have completed the arduous journey to registration that I vowed to finish studying and concentrate on doing the job
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
Jane Cummings and Viv Bennett: 'Use International Nurses’ Day to give thanks to the profession'Subscription
Let’s celebrate and be proud of our profession’s achievements, say Jane Cummings and Viv Bennett
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.