Issue : June 2018
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Sarah James-Reid tells Jenni Middleton why she loves working as a specialist nurse in stoma care and how the role supports patients in acute and primary care
The three communication mistakes we all makeSubscription
Being able to communicate – with colleagues, patients, and their families – is an essential skill for any health professional. But are you as good at communicating as you think?
Two reports on community health services were published last week. First, came that from NHS Providers on the current state of community services, based on a survey of more than half of community providers. It calls for three immediate actions: greater financial investment, prioritising community services at national and local levels, and addressing staff shortages in key roles.
The GMB union, which represents many ambulance workers, has announced that its health service members had “overwhelmingly rejected” the current NHS pay offer.
Can you advise this student nurse?
New guidance has been published with the aim of helping care homes provide better support for the hundreds of thousands of ex-service men and women living in nursing homes in the UK.
The Royal College of Nursing is urging school nurses and health visitors to complete a survey to help it highlight their importance for children and young people’s public health.
The UK’s most widely-used safe staffing tool will need to evolve to take into account different types of nursing role, according to one of its architects, who says the profession must embrace the opportunities provided by new job titles and routes into nursing.
At the weekend I was sadly reminded of the terror attacks in London this time last year and in particular the striking image of one of the victims – nurse Kirsty Boden posing with some sunflowers.
Rightly or wrongly sometimes first impressions linger – or at least their shadows do. When I first came into nursing over 30 years ago I didn’t really notice the Royal College of Nursing. I was a mental health nurse and didn’t feel we were their type back then. They liked people who ironed vigorously and listened to Phil Collins; when they looked at us they saw people who played pool with their patients and called it work.