Issue : 9 March 2010
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Today’s NHS leaders need to use a huge range of skills. The only way to make sure they are equipped is through widespread collaboration, including with the private sector, says Mandie Sunderland. Leave a comment on on this story to contribute to a national debate on the future of NHS leadership
Managers must give nurses the freedom to learnSubscription
To develop the nursing leaders needed to take community care forward, organisations must be open to outside influence, says Rosemary Cook. Leave a comment on on this story to contribute to a national debate on the future of NHS leadership
Are nurses empowered to make decisions about levels of patient observation in mental health?Subscription
Mental health nurses are crucial in doing special observations. This study looked at nurses’ views on whether they are involved in and empowered to make decisions Download a print-friendly PDF file of this article here
Rheumatoid arthritis 1: background, symptoms and ensuring prompt diagnosis and treatment Subscription
Rheumatoid arthritis is a debilitating condition that can cause long term disability. Early diagnosis is essential for prompt treatment to help prevent joint erosion
Drug errors related to the wrong dose are a leading cause of serious incidents. Trusts must implement strategies to ensure staff are competent to calculate doses, says Paul Warburton Download a print-friendly PDF file of this article here
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.
Trust defends use of extra beds in full wardsSubscription
Royal Bournemouth Hospital & Christchurch Hospitals Foundation Trust has justified its policy of putting patients in wards which are already full, after Nursing Times received a complaint that the practice was unsafe.
Nurses at risk of 'compassion fatigue'Subscription
Being asked to treat patients in unsuitable conditions could make nurses desensitised to poor care, the Royal College of Nursing has warned.
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
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
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 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.
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.
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