Your must-read guide to what’s happening in nursing this week
Managers should work with frontline staff
A report into the extent of staff shortages in England revealed that levels of care provided by nurses in hospitals have only just returned to the same as those last seen at the end of 2011.
The report suggests the impact of recent national increases in nurse numbers have been dampened by rising demand and other factors such as reliance on temporary staff.
Also in the news:
Have you seen the new end-of-life care form? The proposed replacement for do not attempt to resuscitate orders has sparked concerns it could add to confusion among clinicians and lead to fewer conversations with dying patients or their families.
A review into mental health nursing is set to look into where improvements can be made in the support offered to service users. The Foundation of Nursing Studies’ chair, Professor Tony Butterworth, who is leading the review said “In particular, we need to examine the work of nurses in acute care settings and see how they create and sustain a beneficial environment for care and treatment.”
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Care deteriorating as projected NHS deficit reaches £2.3bn
Quality of care has worsened in the past year according to a survey of NHS trust finance directors, which revealed forecasts of a £2.3bn deficit across the health service by April.
Jenni Middleton index
From the editor:
‘Revalidation is far from onerous’
“If you worry that the process of revalidation is going to be complex and time-consuming I have good news.
“Last week the Nursing Times team got a look at the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s online process by which you verify that you’ve done everything requested to successfully revalidate, and we can confirm that it’s so straightforward even we could do it.”
Opinion and Analysis:
Community district rural
Says senior lecturer Neesha Oozageer Gunowa, in her challenge of the misconception that community based roles are not suitable for newly-qualified nurses. This article has had a lot of support from student nurses over on our Student NT Facebook page.