'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.
'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.