Comment on: MRSA and C diff deaths dropping
Does anyone have a link to the report - in particular, the bit about the higher rates of death in more deprived areas? Thanks.
Comment on: 'Bye for now and thanks Student Nursing Times!'
Good luck in your career Adam! And I'm sure your days of writing for the Nursing Times are not over - I expect to see articles by you in other parts of the Nursing Times very soon!
I have enjoyed reading your articles and I wish you all the best in whatever else you now do.
As an Infection Control Nurse I have realised in the last couple of years just how much 'art and science' is involved in cleaning effectively (yes, really!). To clean and disinfect clinical environments effectively takes a lot of knowledge and care, and my clinical cleaning course for cleaners in the community is the most popular course I run.
I suppose what I am saying is that nurses should not consider it beneath them to have to clean their environments/mattresses etc. (Nurses will always have a certain amount of cleaning duties anyway, such as specialist equipment, preparation for minor surgery etc, and need to have an understanding of how and why they are doing this). However, I believe that they do not have the capacity to take on wider cleaning duties with the other duties that they have to do, and I would rather invest in more cleaners, with adequate training, who are empowered and motivated to do their job properly and are included as part of the infection control 'team', leaving the nurses to do their 'nursing' duties.
I really enjoyed reading this article. It sounds such interesting and rewarding work!
Comment on: Don't rush to judgement on Stepping Hill
I agree Ann. Innocent until proven guilty was not the philosophy in this case. I was shocked and disgusted at how quickly the newspapers (and others) attacked her.