Issue : 9 March 2010
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I was talking to some second year student nurses this week. I have always thought the second year of a nursing course is the hardest - what with being part university student charged with trying to construct the knowledge and understanding needed to nurse, yet also part working nurse, charged with being increasingly capable and also with fitting in.
The Conservatives have described as an “insult”, the inclusion of a pledge for nurses to take in the report of the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery, which was published today.
As a sometime historian, I might be forgiven for the sense of deja vu listening to the hysteria surrounding the move to degree entry for nurses. What is it about nurses and degrees that polarises opinion?
The impact of healthcare on the environment: improving sustainability in the health serviceSubscription
The Climate Change Act has brought the issue of sustainability to the fore. Nurses can dramatically influence the ways in which the NHS cuts its carbon footprint
Training staff to empower people with long term conditions to undertake self care activitiesSubscription
Self care aids independence but people need support to do it. A community matron team piloted a tool to help health workers improve the support they offer
Nearly half of diabetes specialist nurses are due to retire in the next 10 years, a national workforce survey has found.
Nurses’ feedback will play an important part in deciding whether doctors are fit to continue practising, under plans being developed for revalidation.
New hopes of rising nurse influenceSubscription
The Department of Health has named dozens of nurses it believes are among the top leaders in the NHS.
Directors of nursing are under scrutiny from strategic health authority chief nurses following the Francis report into serious care failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust.
Patients are routinely being treated in areas of hospitals not designed for care, a Nursing Times survey has revealed.