Issue : 30 March 2010
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After a long and (at times) arduous journey, I have finally made it to university and officially enrolled as a student nurse in the adult branch.
Fresh guidance on 'bare below the elbow'Subscription
The Department of Health has amended its guidance on uniforms and workwear to address concerns that Muslim clinicians and students were discriminated against by the adoption of a blanket “bare below the elbows” policy.
Assistant practitioners were introduced at band 4 to fill a workforce gap. But are trusts expecting unregistered staff to act as autonomous practitioners?
Improving relationships between nurses and their patients is vital to increase the quality of nursing care, according to chief nursing officer for Scotland Ros Moore.
Hospital nurses 'ready to move into community'Subscription
Hospital nurses are prepared to move into community jobs but trusts need to work together to retrain them and arrange the transfers, Unison has said.
A third of nurses are having to use their own time and money to keep up to date with mandatory training because they cannot access it through the NHS, according to a survey by the Royal College of Nursing.
Nurse growth falls behind managersSubscription
The number of nurses working in the NHS in England has continued to grow over the past year but at less than half the rate of doctors and managers.
Nurses are being told to take more responsibility for developing personalised care plans in response to fresh evidence that the safety and welfare of NHS patients is being compromised.
Evaluation of a pilot project found that training band 3 nursing staff to take assistant practitioner roles reduced workforce problems in a chemotherapy unit
The government’s focus on quality indicators means hours are spent collecting data. But nurses are employed to care for patients, not shuffle paper and numbers, says Julie Stevens