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Practice team blog

Your practice editors Kathryn, Ann, Eileen and Fran talk about nursing in practice

Will universities protect students who speak out about poor care?

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 30 Dec 2013

Two weeks ago, the first of hopefully many schools of nursing signed up to Speak out Safely.

What do you wish for Christmas?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 23 Dec 2013

This Christmas a close friend of mine will be dividing her time between her family and caring for her mother with dementia.

Practice nurses deserve investment from their employers

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 16 Dec 2013

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.

When did you last fill out a Yellow Card?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 9 Dec 2013

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.

Pick a gender

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 2 Dec 2013

When the announcement came that the three acute mental health wards in the unit I worked were to become single-sex, there was uproar.

Have you defined your personal privacy settings?

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 25 Nov 2013

Student Nursing Times has been having an interesting debate on how much information about themselves nurses should share.

Government misses opportunity to redefine ward sister role

Posted by Eileen ShepherdTue, 19 Nov 2013

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.

Have you defined your personal privacy settings?

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 18 Nov 2013

Student Nursing Times has been having an interesting debate on how much information about themselves nurses should share.

A dog could be someone's only friend

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 11 Nov 2013

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.

Prince Charles can be a powerful ally for the profession

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 4 Nov 2013

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 ...

'Sometimes you have to take the clinic to the person'

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 28 Oct 2013

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”.

The first time: Being a real-life nurse

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 21 Oct 2013

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.

Ask yourself what you achieved today, not what you failed to do

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 14 Oct 2013

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.

Why hasn't every NHS organisation embraced Speak out Safely?

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 7 Oct 2013

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.

ASDA has shown us how little progress has been made

Posted by Eileen ShepherdThu, 26 Sep 2013

This morning I heard a radio interviewer ask:

Care and compassion must begin at board level

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 23 Sep 2013

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?).

What one piece of advice would you give a new student nurse?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyFri, 13 Sep 2013

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.

Social media blurs the boundaries of our work and private life

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 9 Sep 2013

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 ...

Students who are committed and enthusiastic are always welcomed with open arms

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 2 Sep 2013

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.

Let’s see some action on nursing numbers

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 26 Aug 2013

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.