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Do you have the answers to the 2017 Nursing Times quiz?

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Have you tested yourself against the Nursing Times 2017 quiz? Why not see how much you can remember about last year’s nursing news.




The first letter of the answers to these multiple choice quiz questions, when rearranged, spell out a festive message from all of us at Nursing Times.

First of all, work out all the answers to the questions from the three possible options. Then rearrange the first letter of each answer to solve the anagram.

Come back to Nursing Times in the new year to find the correct solution.


1. The slogan “Scrap the Cap” was used by the Royal College of Nursing to campaign for a rise in what?

  • Pay
  • Nurse numbers
  • Regulatory powers of the NMC


2. Flu vaccination rates varied from 93% at one trust to just 18.4% at another in winter 2016-17 but which body is in charge of ensuring immunisation rates are high in England?

  • NHS England
  • Public Health England
  • Department of Health


3. Elizabeth Iro was appointed as a new chief nursing officer in October. But at which organisation?

  • World Health Organization
  • Public Health England
  • NHS England


4. Bucks New University is due to be one of the first to deliver a registered nurse degree apprenticeship, which is based on its existing pre-registration nursing programme. The course will take three and a half what to complete?

  • Weeks
  • Months
  • Years


5. NHS Improvement has launched a patient safety checklist for accident and emergency departments that is designed to improve efficiency and outcomes this winter. But what is it called?

  • Emergency department patient safety checklist
  • A&E checklist
  • Safety checklist for emergency departments


6. Nurses Maggie Chikontwe and Trish Barton, from the Royal London Hospital, laid wreaths on the statue of Edith Cavell in October. But what was Edith Cavell’s profession?

  • Doctor
  • Nurse
  • Soldier


7. This year, Oxford University Hospitals and Nottingham University Hospitals declared their interest in achieving Magnet status? But which body gives the accreditation?

  • Care Quality Commission
  • NHS Improvement
  • American Nurses’ Credentialing Center


8. A bionic prosthetic hand helped nurse Liz Wright to rejoin the trust where she worked following an arm amputation which she elected to have after years of pain caused by a rare genetic condition, Madelung’s deformity. But in which county was her hospital?

  • Lancashire
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Yorkshire


9. NHS Digital created a week of online events and discussions about how the nursing profession’s use of technology and digital information is changing patient care in August. But what did it call its campaign?

  • Every nurse an e-nurse
  • Digital nurses do it with tech
  • Online nurses first


10. According to researchers from Lancaster University, healthcare is being hampered by the public’s poor knowledge of what?

  • Public health messages
  • Anatomy
  • Nutrition


11. Which nursing union organised a “summer of protest” this year to try to influence the government to increase pay?

  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Unison
  • Unite


12. In May, NHS Improvement had to pull back from a blanket approach to new tax rules, telling trusts to apply assessments on a “case-by-case basis”. But what kind of staff were its proposals going to affect?

  • Permanent staff
  • Temporary staff
  • Student nurses


13. What is the name of the body in charge of introducing the nursing associate role?

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Health Education England


14. The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service announced the impact of the removal of the bursary for student nurses on applications. What was it?

  • Fall in applications of 6%
  • Dip in applications of 1%
  • Rise in applications of 10%


15. The Nursing and Midwifery Council reported in November that it had seen the number of nurses from the EU joining something has dropped dramatically from 10,178 last year to 1,107 this year, a decrease of 89%. But what had they dropped off of?

  • Register of nurses and midwives in the UK
  • Membership of the RCN
  • Council meeting attendance


16. On November 1, following much pressure, the Nursing and Midwifery Council announced it would accept an alternative language test to the International English Language Test or IELTS. But what was the test called?

  • Cambridge Language Test (CLT)
  • Oxford English Test (OET)
  • Occupational English Test (OET)


17. NHS Lothian nurse Claire Austin caused a media storm and was the suhject of a smear campaign when she criticised a minister over poor pay and the use of foodbanks, live on television during an election debate. But who was the minister?

  • Theresa May
  • Jeremy Hunt
  • Nicola Sturgeon


18. Researchers are exploring whether technology could be the key to tackling the UK’s “loneliness epidemic” by better connecting older adults with their communities. But what is the project called?

  • Mobile Age
  • Better Tech-gether
  • Cyber Connected
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