Brian Belle-Fortune on recruiting student nurses
‘Thanks to the election of Barack Obama will there now be equality of health care in the US?’Subscription
As we look back on 2008, two unforgettable moments will remain with me. One made me scream with joy; the other had me sobbing uncontrollably. One name connected both events – Barack Obama.
Has someone written on your wall? Have you just been poked? Perhaps you’ve been left a stack of unwanted presents? Those in the know will realise that I’m not talking about vandals or a deluge of gifts from a benevolent old aunt. I am talking about Facebook.
There’s nothing like a major incident to shake off Monday morning lethargy.
Headlines scream: ‘National shortage of neonatal nurses’. TV screens flicker with images of nurses tending to ventilated premature babies under ultraviolet lights. Nurses are stressed because of the added pressures they face.
Conferences are great occasions for immersing yourself in your specialist subject. The ‘Striving for Excellence’ conference at Cardiff University last month was such an occasion.
‘My experience of being a patient was positive’Subscription
I spent some time in hospital recently and actually enjoyed the whole experience. My relapsing, remitting multiple sclerosis has slipped into a relapse phase.
You may be shocked to hear I have been feeling slightly nostalgic for the days of the state enrolled nurse. No, I haven’t lost my mind. But I am acutely aware many nursing students fail to complete their training at a huge cost to the health service.
‘The NHS would not exist without immigration’
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‘It is time to change our organ donation system’