It seems that nurses are suddenly flavour of the month in the halls of power. At least, that is the feeling you would have got had you been at the annual gathering of England’s nurse leaders last week.
I wrote this on a rainy Tuesday afternoon while on a train to Birmingham. It was a little cramped as I had to move from my reserved table seat because the air conditioning was broken in coach E.
This month’s issue of Nursing Times sees the start of a new series of articles that focus on a specific specialty or topic in nursing.
The last seven days or so has seen a sudden spike in news about mental health care and mental health nursing, which is not before time. Here is a quick run down.
The new chief nursing officer for England, Dr Ruth May, has used her first interview with Nursing Times since she took on the role to emphasise the need to boost pride in nursing and midwifery.
'When will the value of specialist nurses be recognised by those who control NHS purse strings?'Subscription
The crucial contribution specialist nurses can make to their organisations has been in the spotlight this week, hopefully acting as a bulwark against the continuing threats to their position.
January was neatly bookended by two significant developments for nursing.
This week has seen a new cadre of nursing staff enter the ranks of the NHS. That’s right, the first nursing associates have begun to take up their posts.
I watched two powerful factual pieces of television with a strong link to the NHS and nursing on Monday night.
'If the long-term plan is to be more than hopes and dreams frontline staff must be fully involved'Subscription
It is now a week since the NHS Long Term Plan landed, though the breadth of the document means there is a lot of dust left to settle.