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Who are our heroes and villains for January 2018?

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Do you agree with our choice for this month’s hero and villain?

This year we are kicking off a new slightly tongue-in-cheek section called Heroes and Villains.

Heroes and Villains

Heroes and Villains

Each month, we will be taking a generally light-hearted look at who have been the stand-out “goodies” and the “baddies” for nursing and healthcare over the last few weeks.

Let us know if you agree with our choices for January and if you have any suggestions for next month (without being unnecessarily rude, please).



De Montfort University

Student nurse who survived sepsis organises awareness event

Katie Dutton

A first year student nurse, who nearly died from sepsis, has helped organise a ground-breaking event to use her experience to educate others about the condition. Two years ago Katie Dutton was given a 15% chance of survival after contracting sepsis. The experience inspired Ms Dutton to become a nurse. But not only that, it also made her determined to spread the word about sepsis, which kills around 44,000 people every year in the UK. Now studying nursing at Leicester’s De Montfort University, she organised a unique awareness event with course-mate Kylie-Ann Johnson that saw more than 100 student nurses trained as “sepsis champions”. “I was determined not to let this beat me and make an example of it, and ensure we’re lowering the number of sepsis cases,” she said.



Daily Telegraph

Surgeon letter on degrees

Robert Jackson letter

Robert Jackson, a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, started a furore on social media last month, after he aired his controversial views on compassion and nursing becoming a graduate profession. In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, he claimed that making nursing degree-only entry had led to the “demise of the traditional hands-on compassionate nurse”. He also suggested nurses were merely employed to “support” doctors and the loss of “vocational nursing” was contributing to destroying the NHS. Nothing like moving with the times.


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  • 44,000 deaths by sepsis - 10,000 of which are avoidable deaths.

    And sometimes some nurses do just support doctors, to the detriment of their patients. Keeps them employed though where there is a bully culture...

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