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.
There is something about car parking – or rather, having to pay for the privilege – that is inherently annoying.
'The government needs to bring back the bursary'Subscription
While one particular ‘B-word’ has dominated the national agenda for what seems like an eternity, over the past week Nursing Times readers have been much more interested in another topic beginning with the same letter. I speak, of course, about Brexit and bursaries.
The flurry of press releases this week signalled the approach of World Mental Health Day, as did the timing of a few new policy pledges from the UK governments and their arm’s-length bodies.
Nurses and the wider NHS workforce are rightly viewed as the service’s most precious resource. But, as has been well documented by Nursing Times, it is also a resource that has been neglected in recent years with a multitude of pressures building up, seemingly without end.
'It’s time to stop talking about moving healthcare into the community – just get on and do it'Subscription
The need to provide more services in community settings is certainly not a new idea. In fact, it’s probably mentioned in some way or another at almost every healthcare event I attend.
On several occasions over recent weeks I have found myself explaining to people what sepsis is, its symptoms and why it’s something that needs tackling. These conversations have taken place both in the office and also among friends.
'Will these words be turned into actions?'Subscription
It is still very early days for the new health and social care secretary to fully reveal his approach and ideas for the NHS, but so far Matt Hancock seems to be saying at least some of the right things.
Conversations about health and social care almost inevitably include some discussion of the financial pressures they are under. But this month, we reveal their personal impact on nurses, which can also translate into problems for services.
Virtually everyone who has ever had a job has experience of being managed and many will also have experience of being managers in their own right.
Monday’s announcement that yet another of the country’s nursing leaders was exiting the stage at the end of August was not wholly unexpected.
The case of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, who has won her appeal against being struck off the medical register, is legally, emotionally and practically complex.
The group of nurses, therapists and care home managers who have been harnessing the power of social media to draw attention to the negative impact of plastic spouted beakers should be applauded. As those behind the #endplasticspoutedbeakers campaign point out, these often-unnecessary vessels “infantilise” older people.
'How difficult can it be to take a glass of water, put it to a patient’s lips and get them to drink?'Subscription
Most readers of Nursing Times know just how difficult it can be to get patients to drink.
'No cure is imminent, but dementia research and practice offer other reasons for optimism'Subscription
Dementia is increasingly something that touches us all, both professionally and in our personal circle of friends and family.
Some patients and groups are always going to be hard to reach in terms of providing care.
'Why does the NHS use insecure and archaic technology to transfer patient information?'Subscription
It’s not often these days that I read a headline that I am genuinely surprised by. But this was certainly the case last week.