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.
A major incident is something all organisations have planned and prepared for, but hope they will never have to contend with.
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It comes to something when an event is declared historic even before the first coffee break, but on Sunday something pretty momentous happened at the Royal College of Nursing’s annual congress.
Being a nurse is an emotional job at times and, sometimes, so is being the editor of Nursing Times. Last week, I cried at the University Hospitals of North Midlands nursing conference. I don’t mean a little tear was shed, I mean I really cried.
As a student nurse I got used to being thrown in at the deep end and to starting a ward placement on nights with just an agency staff nurse or ending up in charge of wards at weekends. We were a pair of hands, counted in the numbers and were expected to hit the ground running.
The Magnet Award is given to hospitals that are judged to have reached excellent standards of nursing care in the US, and it inspires and enthuses the nursing workforce that achieve the accreditation.