'I worry about the future of community nursing'Subscription
Earlier this week, I witnessed 119 nurses being given the Queen’s nurse title for exceptional community practice at the Queen’s Nursing Institute Awards. As the QNI chief executive Crystal Oldman pointed out to the nurses bestowed with the honour, it represented both an achievement and a responsibility. She said those Queen’s nurses now practised not just in their name, but in that of the QNI.
Do you get as much respect as your fellow healthcare professionals? Or, if you’ve been working in nursing a long time, as much respect as you used to get for the job you do?
This week, the Department of Health launched a consultation on the legal changes required to allow the Nursing and Midwifery Council to bring nursing associates onto its register.
'The answer is not to keep lowering the bar'Subscription
After months of pressure, it seems that the Nursing and Midwifery Council has listened to the feedback given in its consultation around the IELTS test for overseas nurses.
‘We must do more to enable care and compassion’Subscription
Let’s never undermine the importance of clinical skill and expertise in nursing, but also, let’s never play down the essential values and ethics that nurses must exhibit in their practice.
The health select committee’s recently announced inquiry into workforce gives the profession an opportunity to make its voice heard over the issue that is affecting nursing and patient care more than any other – nursing staff shortages.
There’s not often a chance I get to write something positive about nursing lately. What with pay, pensions, nursing shortages, budget cuts and Brexit, I sometimes feel like my keyboard will lose the ability to frame joyful sentences.
This week, 'think sepsis'Subscription
This Wednesday marks World Sepsis Day, a day to encourage everyone – public and healthcare professionals alike – to recognise and act on the signs of sepsis.
Creating a degree-level apprenticeship route into nursing has been heralded as part of the solution that will fix the large holes in the workforce – while offering an alternative route into the profession.
Remember when hospitals were asked to publish their nurse staffing levels in the wake of the Francis report into care failings at Mid Staffordshire?