Issue : 29 January 2014
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Student nurse, Emma Corbett, recalls her first experience giving last offices, having never experienced working with a dead body before
Elaine’s research into stigma opened her eyes to the reality many service users’ face
Raising concerns: ‘A supportive environment is essential to encourage students to speak out’Subscription
The failure to fully grasp the importance of raising concerns is surely at the heart of why things continue to go wrong, says Claire Docherty
Collaborative partnerships between universities and practice areas are essential to develop student support services for raising concerns, says Diane Gow
More hospital trusts are likely to be placed in “special measures” due to their poor performance, the health secretary has warned.
James recieved little support from his trust when he raised concerns, but knowing his university were behind him gave him the confidence to put his patient first
Pauline Griffiths: ‘Concerns must be raised immediately – not to do so exposes patients to harm’Subscription
Telling students that ‘nothing is too small’ helps them to raise concerns, says Pauline Griffiths
SOS Student Ambassador, Caroline, reflects on the role universities play in teaching students the importance of questioning poor care
We are calling to strengthen the legal protection of whistleblowers, says Public Concern at Work’s Cathy James
Speaking out about poor care witnessed on placement takes courage; the fear of recrimination must be immense.
Raising concerns is probably one of the most terrifying things you can do as a nurse and a student
Nursing Schools have a responsibility to ensure safe care, says Roger Kline
Raising concerns: ‘Would I risk watching my future go down in flames while I’m busy doing the right thing?’Subscription
I’m absolutely delighted that the Nursing Times’ SOS campaign is being extended to include schools of nursing.
SOS ambassador, Alice, was horrified at the treatment she witnessed and felt it her duty to speak out
Rachael was surprised to read that the parents of children with special needs often feel they are too heavily relied on when their child is in hospital
The Francis report criticised the failure of student nurses in Stafford Hospital to raise concerns and the failure of their nursing departments to support students to do so.
Funding for nurse-led innovation in the community Subscription
The Queen’s Nursing Institute has announced details of nine new nurse-led projects that it will be supporting during 2014.
“A cure for all cancers is on the way” was the frankly bizarre claim on the front page of the Daily Express, not least because the study it was “reporting” on involved blind mole rats, not humans.
George Eliot seeks extra nurses for night shiftsSubscription
George Eliot Hospital Trust is to invest £400,000 to increase the number of nurses on duty on wards overnight.
Midwife shortage 'truly worrying', warn MPsSubscription
An influential committee of MPs has highlighted a “truly worrying” shortage of midwives and widespread confusion over plans for the future of maternity care.
Speak out on the “small things” Subscription
To act as our patient advocates, we must recognise when care has fallen short
NMC announces review of midwife regulationSubscription
The Nursing and Midwifery Council is to undertake an immediate review of the way midwives are regulated because of fears mothers and babies are being put at risk.
Hospital curtains to carry confidentiality warning Subscription
Bedside curtains at a major London hospital now carry messages warning staff that confidential conversations maybe overheard, thanks to an idea by matrons.
Six trusts with 'high death rates' revealedSubscription
Six NHS trusts have “persistently” high death rates for patients who die in hospital or within 30 days of discharge, according to new data.
Care Maker scheme - more than just a numberSubscription
Chief Nursing Officer for England, Jane Cummings, explains why a desire to make a real difference for patients, carers and staff makes you an ideal Care Maker
More attention needs to be paid to suicide prevention in general hospitals, suggest findings from a UK study.
Breakthrough in search for peanut allergy 'cure'Subscription
Children can be protected from the dangerous effects of peanut allergy by slowly building up their tolerance, research has shown.
High oestrogen levels and diabetes can dramatically increase the risk of dementia in older women, a study has found.
Scientists have launched a new trial with the hope of treating a rare but deadly childhood cancer.
Gene therapy “could be used to treat blindness,” BBC News reports.
Greater focus needed on mental health of NHS staff Subscription
Trusts are failing to protect the mental health of nurses and other key staff, according to research that shows many do not have a mental wellbeing policy in place.
Taking a patient perspectiveSubscription
Annie Ollivierre-Smith was named nurse of the year after designing care around patients’ needs and wishes
Former Mid Staffs nursing director struck offSubscription
A former director of nursing at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust has been struck off the nursing register after reaching a legal agreement.
Mental health nurse Nathan Filer is returning to his next shift £30,000 better off after winning the Costa Book Award for his first novel The Shock of the Fall.
A ward manager used a colleague as her own personal handyman and got him to mow her lawn, fix a leaking tap and install a new washing machine while he was supposed to be on duty, a nursing tribunal has ruled.
Being born prematurely can triple a baby’s risk of developing childhood asthma, research has shown.
People who regularly drink alcohol increase their risk of skin cancer by around a fifth, research suggests.
The number of detentions under the Mental Health Act is now at the highest on record, according to a report from the Care Quality Commission.
“Britain is the gout capital of Europe with one in 40 people affected by the condition,” the Daily Mirror reports.
Florence Nightingale Foundation seeks alumniSubscription
The Florence Nightingale Foundation is seeking to create an association for its past scholars.
Doncaster and Bassetlaw hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been recognised for the high standard of care its staff given to pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers and their babies.
There is no consensus on how services should be provided to care home residents, warns Claire Goodman
A key target to recruit volunteers from the ranks of nursing to act as ambassadors and spread professional values looks set to be missed.
60 seconds with...Sandra Christie, director of quality and nursing at Wirral Community TrustSubscription
We talk to Sandra Christie, director of quality and nursing, at Wirral Community Trust, who has been a nurse for over 30 years.
Caroline questions whether hard work really is enough for everyone in society to get where they want to be
We asked the twitter community how they prepared for their first term of a nursing course. Here’s what they said…
What are your top tips for starting a nursing course?VideoSubscription
We asked the twitter community for their advice. Here’s what they said…
#NTtwitchat live debate: "How can non-specialist nurses help patients stop smoking?"VideoSubscription
Smoking cessation #NTtwitchat Special with Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists and The British Lung Foundation
NICE considers curved spine treatment for NHSSubscription
Children with curved spines could soon be treated with remote-controlled rods attached to their spines.
Yoga can alleviate the side effects of treatment for breast cancer, a study has found.