The radio was awash with mental health nurses, former nurses and experts commenting on the health service on Monday, following Jeremy Hunt’s announcement that he’s going to find 21,000 more health professionals for the sector, as part of an “ambitious” workforce plan.
A letter to NHS HR directors has revealed it would be possible for the rules on joining the UK register for overseas nurses and midwives to be changed pretty quickly.
At the Nursing Times Deputies’ Congress, taking place this week, we asked the audience if they thought the country had the right strategy to handle the nursing workforce crisis we face. I was hardly surprised when 96% of the delegates thought it did not.
We are losing nurses, and the government needs to act now.
Huge congratulations to Eleanor Smith, one of the latest nurses to enter Parliament after the recent general election.
A few weeks ago I was at a research conference and had the opportunity to talk to some PhD students who are doing some amazing work.
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The wonderful but self-effacing Crystal Oldman, chief executive of the Queen’s Nursing Institute, deserved her CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. And I say that not because I am a QNI trustee, but because she is passionate about nursing care in the community and cares deeply about representing those nurses and their patients.
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Maybe it’s the heat, the shock of not doing so well at the general election or perhaps a recognition of the selfless bravery and commitment shown by public sector workers responding to recent tragic events. But whatever the reason, suddenly there seems to be a government appetite for scrapping the public sector pay cap.
Theresa May might be feeling stressed, uncertain about her future and concerned that she does not have the resources to do a good job this morning. If she is, perhaps she might have a little bit of an insight into how most nurses feel about their jobs every day of the week.
One of the first things I learnt as a student in anatomy and physiology lectures was the need to understand what is normal in order to appreciate the changes that occur as a result of illness and disease.