Issue : 30 September 2015
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Nursing staff are working in “intolerable situations” and feel unsupported and undervalued, with many thinking about leaving the profession, according to a Royal College of Nursing survey.
Ministers could end free university education for student nurses in a bid to boost the numbers joining the NHS workforce, under proposals put forward by national education bodies.
Top nurses have called upon leaders in the profession to strengthen the sector’s voice at a political level, with one claiming “Carry On” film stereotypes about nursing still remain in places.
The fall in the size of the primary care and community nursing workforce over recent years has been described by a leading GP as a “tragedy” that the NHS is only just beginning to recover from.
The Queen’s Nursing Institute will launch two initiatives next year to support the “pressing need for excellent practitioners to lead our community nursing services”, its chief executive has said.
The Reith Lectures used a series of scenarios to explore how healthcare can be improved. Specialist nurse, Catherine Gleeson, has analysed these lectures and looked at how the lessons relate to everyday care.
Concerns have been raised about the robustness of the English language test being proposed to check that all overseas nurses are competent to work in the UK.
“Breastfeeding has no benefit over bottle feeding when it comes to a child’s IQ,” the Daily Mail says, reporting on the results of a study that found no significant link between breastfeeding and increased intelligence.
Model and actress Lily Cole has thanked midwives at St Thomas’ Hospital who gave her the confidence to breastfeed.
The Council of Deans of Health has launched a new group in Scotland to be the “voice” of education and research for nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals.