Nursing Times broke the story last week that the Westminster government was willing to at least consider introducing safe staffing laws.
The Nursing Times Awards always fill me with admiration for nurses, but this year was particularly special for me personally because it was my first as editor.
'Why is respiratory rate so often ignored?'Subscription
Respiratory rate (RR) is a vital sign and even a change of as little as three to five breathes a minute can be an early indication of deterioration.
This week saw welcome attention in Westminster focused on mental health care, but as ever there were caveats and, as usual, they mainly concerned nurse staffing levels.
There is something about car parking – or rather, having to pay for the privilege – that is inherently annoying.
'The government needs to bring back the bursary'Subscription
While one particular ‘B-word’ has dominated the national agenda for what seems like an eternity, over the past week Nursing Times readers have been much more interested in another topic beginning with the same letter. I speak, of course, about Brexit and bursaries.
The flurry of press releases this week signalled the approach of World Mental Health Day, as did the timing of a few new policy pledges from the UK governments and their arm’s-length bodies.
Nurses and the wider NHS workforce are rightly viewed as the service’s most precious resource. But, as has been well documented by Nursing Times, it is also a resource that has been neglected in recent years with a multitude of pressures building up, seemingly without end.
'It’s time to stop talking about moving healthcare into the community – just get on and do it'Subscription
The need to provide more services in community settings is certainly not a new idea. In fact, it’s probably mentioned in some way or another at almost every healthcare event I attend.
On several occasions over recent weeks I have found myself explaining to people what sepsis is, its symptoms and why it’s something that needs tackling. These conversations have taken place both in the office and also among friends.