Two weeks ago, the first of hopefully many schools of nursing signed up to Speak out Safely.
This Christmas a close friend of mine will be dividing her time between her family and caring for her mother with dementia.
There were some great speakers at the Chief Nursing Officer’s Summit a couple of weeks ago, and delegates left with plenty of food for thought, advice on how to tackle NHS priorities, and new networks of mutual support developed over the two days. Even in the best conferences, often the most valuable aspect for delegates is the opportunity to meet peers, share experiences and ideas and mull over the latest challenges.
Nurses are in the best position to observe if a patient has a reaction or a suspected reaction to a medicine they are taking. The good news is that more and more nurses are filling out Yellow Cards – more than hospital doctors but not as many as GPs.
When the announcement came that the three acute mental health wards in the unit I worked were to become single-sex, there was uproar.
The government’s failure to make mandatory the recommendation by Robert Francis to get ward sisters out of the office and back with patients and staff is a missed opportunity.
Pets are an increasingly important part of our lives and especially so for many older people. For some, their dog is the most important being in their lives with a strong attachment bond that gives them companionship and helps to get them through tough times. For those who have few friends and family they can be almost like next of kin.
I was lucky enough to be one of the Nursing Times team who went to Clarence House last week to a reception for finalists of the Nursing Times Awards, which was hosted by HRH the Prince of Wales – who has also written of his support in Nursing Times. It was a lovely ...
Driving home today from a visit to a homeless service, I was reminded of the quote, “you can judge a society by the way it treats its prisoners, its minorities, the poor and the infirm”.
No matter how good your training is, and even if you are starting your nursing career on a ward where you’ve had a placement, everyone experiences that wave of anxiety when they feel the weight of The Keys in their hand for the first time.
We recently published an article about the use of cognitive behavioural therapy to help depression and low self esteem in post natal mothers. The project was successful in alleviating their symptoms and helping them cope.
When we started inviting NHS organisations to declare their support for Speak out Safely, I naively thought it would be fairly easy. Send an email to all the CEOs and they’ll review their whistleblowing policies, making a public commitment to support and protect their staff if they raise concerns about patient care or safety.
Governments around the world have been committed to ensuring their healthcare systems provide safe and high-quality care for over a decade (which begs the question, what were they committed to before?).
If you could just say one thing to a new student starting out what would it be? If you look back and remember your student days, what advice or information would have been helpful to have known as you started? Or if you are fully immersed in your course now as a second or third year nurse, I imagine you would have some ideas about what you would say to someone starting out if you had the opportunity.
The NMC’s decision to suspend Allison Marie Hopton for comments she posted on Facebook will make sobering reading for some nurses. As one person commented on the story “I know of several people who are sailing close to the wind with this kind of thing even though my trust recently gave out written info about ...
Last week, our online editor Nadine and I sat around a phone calling student nurse after student nurse. We had to find four new student editors for Student Nursing Times (one for each branch) and had decided to dedicate an entire day to phone interviews. That morning we each downed a strong coffee and braced ourselves for a very long day.
In the past few years we have seen a plethora of critical reports about NHS care, and in the vast majority nurses came in for a kicking. There have, of course, been examples of poor practice, some of which have led to criminal prosecutions. However, there is a general acceptance both within the profession and from independent commentators that the vast majority of poor practice can be linked to low ratios of registered nurses.