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  • College chief warns of ‘nurses on Zimmer frames’ after Brexit

    karen Webb's comment 13 February, 2019 5:34 pm

    Those of us who trained in the early 1980s spent a lot of time as 18 year olds moving 20+ stone patients using now proscribed cradle and Australian lifts. We shifted greater weight per shift than builders and coal merchants. We had no slide sheets, pat slides or hoists! The outcome was damage to our backs and joints. Many of us live with arthritis and long term conditions and 12 hour shifts at frenetic pace in short staffed community teams or hospital wards performing complex nursing procedures, excercising clinical judgements upon which the lives of our patients depend will not be appropriate for many. It should be for individuals to decide whether in their opinion they are fit to work within their code of conduct. If not then they should be entitled to retire without loss. The government consistently wants to have its cake and eat it as far as nurses and HCAs are concerned. Nursing is a physical as well as intellectual and social profession and we cannot all be protected by “light duties”. Enough is enough for goodness sake!

  • Exclusive: Fight to save Parkinson's specialist nurse posts from axe

    karen Webb's comment 4 February, 2019 9:50 pm

    This is terrible! So many of the patients funded by NHS continuing healthcare live with Parkinson’s Disease! We very much need specialist nurses for this group (and also PSP) and value the expertise they can bring to patients and nursing staff. We should have MORE, not fewer specialist nurses - experts in their area of nursing practice

  • Call for frailty to be considered in care of Alzheimer’s patients

    karen Webb's comment 18 January, 2019 5:52 pm

    How can we stop the awful practice of moving frail patients, often already suffering delirium around hospitals sometimes 6 times in an admission. The service, Consultants and staff should move around the patient, not the patient around the clinicians.

  • ‘I was taught from a very early age how to be resilient’

    karen Webb's comment 7 December, 2018 9:19 pm

    Excellent! So pleased to see that Buckinghamshire value diversity in their nursing leadership. This should make big positive difference to retention of staff, but they will need to support this nurse leader and focus on building a wider cohort so that he is not isolated and left with the burden of expectations that he has “solved” the challenge of creating, nurturing and maintaining a diverse thriving workforce.

  • Game of Thrones’ queen of dragons becomes RCN ambassador

    karen Webb's comment 16 April, 2018 7:51 pm

    Great news👍

  • Treasury needs convincing of 'meaningful' pay uplift, says RCN

    karen Webb's comment 13 February, 2018 10:11 pm

    We were rewarded by the Conservative government with an Independent Pay Review body because we agreed not to strike over pay. It seems that agreement is now worthless - we don’t strike and they don’t pay us.

  • First national framework for advanced clinical practice unveiled

    karen Webb's comment 16 November, 2017 8:07 pm

    Excellent news! This framework is great and I am glad that medical prescribing is NOT included in the definition as that is only one possible aspect of advanced nursing practice

  • Care row court case 'reveals urgent need to define nursing'

    karen Webb's comment 16 August, 2017 7:54 pm

    Absolutely! Thank you Dame June for advocating for our patients in care homes, who deserve skilled nursing care! Residential placements House people living with multiple complex comorbidities, balancing medications and ongoing health changes. When I assist a resident with their personal care as a nurse my assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of interventions is wholly more rigorous and informed than the kind and caring task performed by my colleague care assistants.
    There is a big difference that the professional bodies and trade unions supposedly speaking for us totally fail to advocate - older people deserve nurses every bit as much as other members of the public. Yes that costs money, but the alternative costs more and makes us the poor relation of every civilised society. Shame on us - nurses, nurse leaders and government along with the commissioners. When we are 87 we need to expect the care we are silently allowing now do we? kind hopefully, but not nursing. Collective Dereliction of our regulated activity is what Dame June is saying

  • Care home residents viewed as 'low priority by NHS'

    karen Webb's comment 16 August, 2017 6:32 pm

    Same goes for those of us who nurse or care for them too please!

  • Extra 71,000 care home places needed in England by 2025

    karen Webb's comment 16 August, 2017 6:31 pm

    A growth area for older people's nursing then! So can universities and professional organisations take note that complex nursing skills are required for this field - every bit as glamorous and virtuous as those displayed in other complex needs areas!!
    Care home nursing is not a backwater!

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