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It’s not often these days that I read a headline that I am genuinely surprised by. But this was certainly the case last week.
Although it is not over yet, it is fair to say that 2018 has been a year of change for nursing.
Learning disability nurses are a pretty vocal bunch. They have to be. Often regarded as the Cinderellas of the profession, they have learnt to stand up for their service users and themselves. And they’re pretty good at it.
The chief nursing officer for England last week spoke out about the removal of the student bursary, telling delegates attending the Health and Innovation Expo that the move puts us into “uncharted territory” – though I’d argue “massive gamble” is more accurate.
Conversations about health and social care almost inevitably include some discussion of the financial pressures they are under. But this month, we reveal their personal impact on nurses, which can also translate into problems for services.
This month, like the rest of the country, Nursing Times will be helping the NHS celebrate its 70th birthday.
For care providers in the community and hospitals, December doesn’t ring in with all the potential of an unopened advent calendar, with its festive scenes and chocolate promises.
We must all stand together and fight as nurses.
A new role is to join the nursing family. The nursing associate position has been given the rubber stamp by the chief nursing officer for England, who publicly approved its introduction on the NHS England website last week.
The group of nurses, therapists and care home managers who have been harnessing the power of social media to draw attention to the negative impact of plastic spouted beakers should be applauded. As those behind the #endplasticspoutedbeakers campaign point out, these often-unnecessary vessels “infantilise” older people.