Issue : April 2018
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I was sad to see the Daily Mail claiming that patients in a London hospital are being banned from wearing pyjamas in daylight hours, and that their families are required to bring in clean clothes every day, says Ann Marie Riley.
Helen Phelan leads the homeless team at Bradford Royal Infirmary. She told Josie Le Vay about her role, the work her team do, and one man’s incredible story
The pay rise is a cheap sticking plaster to hold together a gaping wound.
A group of nurses who trained at St Thomas’ Hospital in London 40 years ago took a trip down memory lane when they reunited as part of the NHS’s 70th birthday celebrations.
The days of nurses being a handmaiden to doctors are long gone. That role would be almost unrecognisable to nurses graduating now.
Temperatures may have dropped since our late-summer protest outside parliament but, in the winterlong NHS pay negotiations, the debate remained heated.
I ’m not sure it has ever been harder to be a nurse. I may get a letter from someone reminding me how difficult those first few weeks of the Crimean War were, and there may even be a few romantics from the 1950s anxious to remind us that in the old days student nurses had to hand wash and iron the whole of Wolverhampton before they were allowed to speak. But let’s face it – it is harder today than ever and it’s probably worth wondering why we are letting that be the case.
People can be slightly cynical about awards events. You know, all that clapping and voracious supporting of each other’s outstanding achievements can become wearing for some. But that never seems to happen in nursing awards. And I am glad about that.
There is huge value in giving nurses access to data on what is happening across their ward or organisation.
A study chronicling the experiences of women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) during and after pregnancy found nurses and midwives were often unable to provide information and advice.