‘Winter is a challenge for mental health nurses’Subscription
Alison Gadsby on why winter is tough for nurses, especially those working in mental health
Working through Christmas shifts is not many nurses' idea of a happy holiday - but spare a thought for the patients
As I’m sure none of you have failed to notice, we are in the midst of turbulent economic times. People are losing their jobs and their homes, and there is an uncertainty about the future and how we will get ourselves out of this mess.
Cancer is an illness that we all come into contact with, both professionally and personally. I think it would be true to say that we all dread having it ourselves.
A couple of weeks ago, I had to call an ambulance for a close family member in the middle of the night. As a rule, I’d say I am calm and decisive under pressure but it was a very different story when I was faced with caring for someone I loved during a crisis.
According to recent news items in the national press, acute mental health admission wards are not healthy places to be. My immediate response was ‘no kidding’ and I’m sure many of you will know what I mean.
Healthcare associated infections are big news these days, which leaves me slightly flummoxed for several reasons. When I was training as a nurse, I don’t remember the evil MRSA rearing its ugly head.
Don’t tell anyone but I want to talk about confidentiality. It all started with an episode of Holby City. Yes, I know I need to get out more but there’s something about it I find very hard to resist.
Isn’t nursing a strange job? Ask your average person on the street what nurses do and you may be hard pushed to find any similarities in the roles they describe. It may well be the same if you asked a group of nurses with different specialisms to outline what the other jobs actually involved.
There’s an emphasis these days on nursing being a progressive and dynamic profession, with its members continually gaining new skills and redefining their roles. Quite right too, I hear you say, and I would certainly echo that sentiment.