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.
Can nurses provide better care if they have a degree?
We live in an environment of “deficit journalism” - the focus is rarely on what is going right in the world.
The collapse and successful resuscitation of footballer Fabrice Muamba thrust out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) into the media spotlight.
My father, who has dementia, has just passed another major milestone, his 85th birthday.