Opinion, analysis and debate
News that financial support for student nurses is back on the agenda will be welcomed by many across the profession. But agenda items don’t necessarily translate into action.
While the country’s collective head seems to be focused entirely on Brexit and the Tory leadership campaign, it’s easy to forget that other issues still matter. But healthcare is one of those issues, and it can’t be forgotten.
Apprenticeships may offer a new route into nursing, but they cannot replace full-time university education
An interview with Anne Milton, minister for apprenticeships and skills, has caused something of a storm in the profession, and in particular among educationalists.
We were driving to a small village near Chania on the island of Crete. “Do you know where you are going?” asked my daughter’s boyfriend who was travelling with us for the first time and not wholly familiar with our ways.
It’s been said for a few years now that the NHS is in dire straits and more recently this has been bumped up to a full-blown “crisis”.
It is beyond understanding that nurses in England, the birth place of modern nursing in the soon to be International Year of the Nurse and the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, are under siege because of decades of benign neglect and poor choices by policymakers.
At work, I often present to nurses. I ask my audience to put up their hand if they have appointed a power of attorney for themselves. Few hands go up.
Rarely does policy change so quickly. The home secretary Sajid Javid announced a review into the potential health benefits of cannabis in June and then, true to his word, he acted on the findings opening up access to cannabis products from the beginning of November 2018.
This week saw welcome attention in Westminster focused on mental health care, but as ever there were caveats and, as usual, they mainly concerned nurse staffing levels.
Widespread shortages of nursing staff, chronic underfunding and an over-burdened health system struggling to cope – welcome to the new National Health Service in 1948.
The dust is finally settling on the general election and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has entered a politically charged summer with faith that the government will recognise the strength of feeling in our profession and do the right thing.
Will the public realise the NHS is broken before it’s too late?
In an exclusive opinion piece for Nursing Times to coincide with World Antibiotic Awareness Week, health secretary Jeremy Hunt sets out progress so far in the new war on superbugs announced by the government last year.
I spent today with a clutch of matrons, is “clutch” right? Better than “gaggle”? I don’t think “herd” works.
’Students and qualified staff would find this relevant; particularly those who wish to explore the law and ethical arena.’
So we have these new cats. We got them through the RSPCA. One of them is a proper cat: skilled in the ways of cat, bounds around the garden like Zorro, walking tightropes, chasing birds, teasing next door’s dog.
In this mixed up, muddled up, shook up world in which we find ourselves, I keep thinking it can’t get worse. We’ve had Donald Trump fretting over the size of his inauguration crowd, comparing himself to Barak Obama – well, boys will be boys - then his obsession with size went into overdrive as millions of women took to the streets to protest his presidency.
In the second of a series of blogs about how contemporary events in politics are affecting nursing and the work nurses do, Chris Hart reflects on the collapse of the Labour vote, the NHS crisis and the implications for nursing, with a few thoughts about the latest episode in the Donald Trump saga
In the first of a series of blogs about how contemporary events in politics are affecting our healthcare system and nursing, Chris Hart provides an analysis of the broader context, particularly the similarities and key factors in the election of Donald Trump as US president and Brexit vote, as well as their implications for nurses.
Hunt needs to understand that nurses join the profession to nurse, not because they failed to become doctors