All posts by Fran Entwistle
Last week we hosted our first ever Directors’ of Nursing Congress. This exclusive event aimed to give chief nurses a platform to discuss topical nursing issues, to identify where changes could be made and learn from each other to improve healthcare for both staff and patients.
Last week we gatecrashed the excitement of the new term with our student readers.
Three weeks ago, RCN chief executive and general secretary Peter Carter urged nurses to speak out about their achievements.
Last week we had the pleasure of hosting our fourth Student Nursing Times Awards.
Sometimes you see a headline and know an article is going to be worth the five minutes it will take to read. That’s how I felt when a member of our news team filed a story from the Unison conference: ‘Student nurses should be paid “living wage” while on placement, says union’.
It was not a big surprise to me to read that mental health budgets have fallen by 8% in real terms during the term of this government.
When the idea of launching a Nursing Times app was floated a few months ago I was cautiously excited.
Last week, I received an email from a student nurse wanting to ask the Student Nursing Times community for some advice.
Since we launched Student Nursing Times four years ago, we’ve hosted hundreds of blogs from student nurses who want to share their experiences and advice. Most of these blogs tell stories of overcoming fears but the most heart-felt blogs almost always contain the words “role model”.
Twitter is full of nurses. But when I told some non-nursing friends this, they didn’t believe me.
Today, thousands of nurses are expected to take part in industrial action.
Most nurses experience it right at the start. It could be on the bus to your first day of placement, when you have the urge to lean over and tell a stranger that you’re a nurse by the way.
If anyone ever needed irrefutable evidence that depression doesn’t discriminate, the death of Robin Williams is surely it.
The second I walked onto the ward I knew something was wrong.
When we asked this question last week on twitter, we were stunned by the unanimous “yes!” we received from nurses and other healthcare professionals.
How many of us watched Jamie Oliver taking on school lunches and wished he’d do the same for hospitals?
I must admit, when I first saw the headlines about the health atlas – a map showing which areas are most affected by certain illnesses and conditions – I was intrigued.
Not wanting to miss out on the excitement, I took my laptop to reception and based myself there to meet our shortlist.
Last week ITV aired the first of its new series looking into the lives of student nurses. The producers say ‘Student Nurses: Bedpans and Bandages’ will offer “insight into what it takes to become a nurse in the 21st century”.
When reading about the background to the upcoming NICE guideline on medication use in residential homes (due March 2014), I was surprised to find that, despite the fact that the majority are not licensed for use in people with dementia, this is a widespread practice.