The duty of care should not be fearedSubscription
Nurses are constantly reminded of the duty of care they owe the public and the legal consequences of withholding assistance where required.
Younger students need encouragementSubscription
'For every young student who can be stroppy or difficult, I know a dozen who are helpful, sweet and dedicated'
Personal experiences can enhance skillsSubscription
Does caring for desperately sick parents at home make you a better practitioner on the wards? If so, I might have expected to become a first-rate nurse in the space of a few months.
Care outcomes cannot be guaranteedSubscription
Early in my training, it never really occurred to me that so many medical outcomes involve a balance of risks, some created by the patient’s own personal decisions.
Placements help to sharpen career direction
I received this insight from Maureen, a community nurse who works with addicts in a rough urban area near London.
'Dignity is vital in older people’s care'
In the wake of a recent report on obesity in the UK, Lesley McHarg argues that while such findings are vital to healthcare, they are of little practical use to nurses.
Degenerative brain disorder in patients poses a challenge to nurses, especially if the person is hostile, but sometimes it is unexpectedly easy to break through hostility and gain patient trust.
It is three decades since Miss M, then 17, had her life brought to a standstill in a road accident. Today, she still lies motionless at the end of a hospital ward – her neck permanently twisted through a crazy angle, her mouth agape and her eyes turned up toward the ceiling.