It seems that nurses are suddenly flavour of the month in the halls of power. At least, that is the feeling you would have got had you been at the annual gathering of England’s nurse leaders last week.
I wrote this on a rainy Tuesday afternoon while on a train to Birmingham. It was a little cramped as I had to move from my reserved table seat because the air conditioning was broken in coach E.
This month’s issue of Nursing Times sees the start of a new series of articles that focus on a specific specialty or topic in nursing.
The last seven days or so has seen a sudden spike in news about mental health care and mental health nursing, which is not before time. Here is a quick run down.
The new chief nursing officer for England, Dr Ruth May, has used her first interview with Nursing Times since she took on the role to emphasise the need to boost pride in nursing and midwifery.
'When will the value of specialist nurses be recognised by those who control NHS purse strings?'Subscription
The crucial contribution specialist nurses can make to their organisations has been in the spotlight this week, hopefully acting as a bulwark against the continuing threats to their position.
January was neatly bookended by two significant developments for nursing.
This week has seen a new cadre of nursing staff enter the ranks of the NHS. That’s right, the first nursing associates have begun to take up their posts.
I watched two powerful factual pieces of television with a strong link to the NHS and nursing on Monday night.
'If the long-term plan is to be more than hopes and dreams frontline staff must be fully involved'Subscription
It is now a week since the NHS Long Term Plan landed, though the breadth of the document means there is a lot of dust left to settle.
Here we are in January once again, with a whole year stretching out before us. But what will it bring for nursing and healthcare?
The latest casualty of Brexit appears to be the NHS long-term plan. It was due in December but as the weeks have gone by and we find ourselves in the final run-up to Christmas, I have it on concrete authority that it will now be published in the new year – possibly the week starting 7 January.
Yesterday, after months of speculation or at least expectation, it was finally revealed that Dr Ruth May will be the next chief nursing officer (CNO) for England.
Although it is not over yet, it is fair to say that 2018 has been a year of change for nursing.
It is that time of year when the nights are drawing in and many people start to reflect on the previous 12 months.
'Zero tolerance of violence against NHS staff should be more than a politician’s mantra'Subscription
A story about a trust’s fresh approach to trying to reduce violence against its staff has really grabbed my attention this month.
Nursing Times broke the story last week that the Westminster government was willing to at least consider introducing safe staffing laws.
The Nursing Times Awards always fill me with admiration for nurses, but this year was particularly special for me personally because it was my first as editor.
'Why is respiratory rate so often ignored?'Subscription
Respiratory rate (RR) is a vital sign and even a change of as little as three to five breathes a minute can be an early indication of deterioration.
This week saw welcome attention in Westminster focused on mental health care, but as ever there were caveats and, as usual, they mainly concerned nurse staffing levels.