'More needs to be done to retain staff'Subscription
In some ways, 2017 has been the year of the “new-style” member of nursing staff – the year in which those leading the profession encouraged more people to enter the nursing family through apprenticeships and the nursing associate role.
'A legacy doesn’t have to be something huge'Subscription
#Hellomynameis took off like no other health campaign I’ve ever known.
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.
Today I am working from home and the heating went off at 8am. By midday I was absolutely freezing. Luckily, I can get up and move around, make myself a hot drink or put on a jumper. I can also afford to switch the heating back on.
'Nurses need answers about pay'Subscription
Promises on nurse pay by Philip Hammond in his budget speech did not go far enough according to some members of the Royal College of Nursing.
It seems that the independent NHS pay review body is finally going to be allowed to do its job again and review the pay of nurses and other staff – almost certainly recommending a rise at some point next year.
'Nursing must learn from its mistakes'Subscription
Healthcare gets it wrong. It’s hard to acknowledge that. But the NHS, our precious NHS, makes mistakes. Often the mistakes are just little things – but little things matter.
'I hope you know how appreciated you are'Subscription
I met a nurse at the Nursing Times Awards earlier this month. She was a continence nurse specialist and had started working for the West Midlands trust she still works at today in 1970. She told her chief nurse that coming to the awards event, even though she didn’t actually win, was the pinnacle of her career.
The latest figures on the size of the register released by the Nursing and Midwifery Council can hardly be a surprise to anyone.
The role of the nurse is complexSubscription
“What exactly do nurses do now?” a friend asked me last week.