Opinion, analysis and debate
Kate Martin has worked as an infection control nurse for over 10 years in hospitals. This is her first winter season in the community. Every year she reflects, but this year has been very different…
The familiar term ‘winter pressures’ is most often associated with hospital-based care, but they also impact on the community.
Stacey Shaw always knew she wanted to work with children so as soon as she qualified as a nurse, she requested a management placement in neonatal care and never looked backed.
'The right and compassionate thing to do'Subscription
Catriona Briers was the first NHS nurse in Northern Ireland to undertake a blood transfusion in a patient’s home back in 1999. It’s something she is extremely proud of, and is fairly sure she is also one of the first in the UK to do this.
Two key documents were published for consultation last week, namely draft safe staffing guidance on NHS community teams and mental health providers.
Victoria Stevans sits down with Laura Maitra, a frailty nurse and recent winner of a Clinician of the Year Award, to get her take on community nursing and the importance of in-home care
Sitting down with Su Chantry, Victoria Stevans learns how occupational health nursing is integral to any workplace
What a year 2016 has been for nursing. We’ve seen the removal of the bursary, changing the way that education of student nurses is funded forever.
Earlier this year international physicists and philosophers gathered at the American Museum of Natural History in New York to debate the theory that life is in fact a computer simulation.
The last year has again been hugely challenging for the NHS and our colleagues in social care, with continued service and financial challenges compounded by the recent uncertainty caused by Brexit.
Last week’s revelations about the proposed scope of practice for nursing associates should put more pressure on the government to announce its intentions for the role – and fast.
I felt a little bit in shock at the end of Jeremy Hunt’s speech to the Conservative Party Conference last week.
Fenella’s experience as both an in- and out-patient varied considerably depending on staffing levels and the number of regular staff employed
Do you remember when you were a kid and your mum ordered you to eat your dinner, and your default response was, “I don’t want my dinner, because it’s a potato with mince near it, and looks like an iceberg surrounded by a sewage leak.” And your mum would shout, “Eat your dinner!” Then you’d say, “I’m not eating it! Give it to the cat!” Then she’d point out you didn’t have a cat and you’d say, “I’m not surprised if you want to feed it this.”
The chief nursing officer for England last week spoke out about the removal of the student bursary, telling delegates attending the Health and Innovation Expo that the move puts us into “uncharted territory” – though I’d argue “massive gamble” is more accurate.
District nurses reduce unnecessary admissions and therefore stress on the hospital system.
When Sue McCreadie asked her patient’s GP to visit him urgently, she understood his family’s anger when her request went unfulfilled.
'Nursing needs to be more agile and responsive'Subscription
Susan Hamer says nurses are being ‘sent into war with wooden bayonets’, but new technology could see them advance
Staff who are compassionate to each other are more compassionate to patients.
We talk to Anne McNicholas, nursing ambassador for Project Harar, who has worked as a nurse for more than 30 years
Through years of working overseas I know that partnership is the key to activity being of mutual benefit to healthcare and participating health professionals.
Walk the walk, talk the talkSubscription
Despite the tough challenges ahead, Janice Stevens still gets a buzz from meeting people on the wards
'Nurses will become more connected online'Subscription
We talk to Teresa Chinn, who has been a nurse for nearly 20 years, and is a registered nurse and social media specialist working at WeNurses.
Plans to scrap the nursing policy unit in the Department of Health are worrying.
'We need more nurses to influence policy'Subscription
The more nurses there are the better
Fighting to combat FGMSubscription
Joanne McEwan is truly applying her knowledge to help women affected by FGM
'Don’t ever lose your sense of humour.'Subscription
We talk to Ann Saunders, team manager of the Specialist Memory Service at Central and North West London Foundation Trust, who has been a nurse for 20 years.
'Nursing should be protected not sacrificed'Subscription
Revalidation has been declared an early success by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Wales has many things that make it stand out from other parts of the UK – and I don’t just mean its language, history and wonderful scenery.
Leading future leadersSubscription
Helping nurses to fulfil their leadership potential is one of Caroline Alexander’s goals
'Be open to new ways of thinking'Subscription
We talk to Jo Fearn, head of nursing for children’s and neonatal services at West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust, based at Watford General Hospital
Many of us will be voting in the referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU in June.
Fieldworking from homeSubscription
Sirjana Devkota’s research in Nepal showed her how important hands-on experience can be
'Nursing directors have a tough but crucial job'Subscription
I doubt many jobs in nursing can be called easy but there has probably never been a more difficult time to be a director of nursing.
We talk to Julie Hamilton, head of nursing for education, revalidation and regulation at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust (GSTT), who has been a nurse for 19 years
The Nursing Times news story on reducing the number of nurses in the Department of Health (5 April 2016) exposed a serious issue of which the nursing profession should be aware.
Nursing flows in her veinsSubscription
The diversity of the nurse consultant role is something Lisa Dougherty has embraced at the Royal Marsden
We talk to Cheryl Kipping, consultant nurse – dual diagnosis (coexisting mental health and substance misuse) at South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust, who trained as a nurse in 1978.
In the past six months, there have been three major government announcements that will have a profound effect on the nursing profession in England for years to come.
We talk to Shirley Coward, matron for paediatrics/neonates at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust, who has been a nurse for 31 years.
One heart helping othersSubscription
Minija Joseph innovates and advocates for change in cardiac theatre nursing
Nursing is once again on the occupational shortage list and the solutions are far from perfect.
'Safety comes first but what about quality?'Subscription
I wonder whether healthcare providers are so focused on safety that they have forgotten about quality and the patient experience. Or have they simply been forced to just deprioritse those aspects of care?
Being the best nurse you canSubscription
The best part of nursing is understanding the patient’s journey, says Lorraine Ozerovitch
When your patient needs care but wants company, it can be difficult to find the right balance, as community nurse Sue McCreadie found when she nursed Cherry.
A marathon, not a sprintSubscription
The medical tent at the Brighton Marathon is Justin Walford’s home away from home
Nursing around the worldSubscription
An NGO run by nurses and health professionals for nurses and health professionals
People do odd things for hospices.
'Nursing needs to have a place at the top table'Subscription
If ever there are financial savings to be made, nursing is the first place ministers – as well as chief executives and boards –look to to make savings. Nursing is an easy target on the front line, and – so it seems – in senior positions too.
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