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Practice team blog

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

All posts by Fran Entwistle

Do we need to keep debating what nursing is?

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 26 Oct 2015

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.

'What was the moment when you realised nursing was for you?'

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 14 Sep 2015

Last week we gatecrashed the excitement of the new term with our student readers.

If you’re not going to show off, at least show someone else off

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 20 Jul 2015

Three weeks ago, RCN chief executive and general secretary Peter Carter urged nurses to speak out about their achievements.

Do student nurses need telling how great they are?

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 18 May 2015

Last week we had the pleasure of hosting our fourth Student Nursing Times Awards.

Are student nurses living in poverty?

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 27 Apr 2015

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’.

Voluntary services should supplement care, not replace it

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 23 Mar 2015

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.

Launching the Nursing Times app: how Emap listened to the frontline

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 16 Feb 2015

When the idea of launching a Nursing Times app was floated a few months ago I was cautiously excited.

Why are so many student nurses experiencing “bad” placements?

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 19 Jan 2015

Last week, I received an email from a student nurse wanting to ask the Student Nursing Times community for some advice.

Do student nurses need role models?

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 8 Dec 2014

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”.

Why Nursing Times is celebrating tweeting nurses

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 10 Nov 2014

Twitter is full of nurses. But when I told some non-nursing friends this, they didn’t believe me.

‘Nurses are angrier than they’ve been in 32 years’

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 13 Oct 2014

Today, thousands of nurses are expected to take part in industrial action.

When was the first time you felt that buzz of pride to be a nurse?

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 15 Sep 2014

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.

When was the last time you really talked about suicide?

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 18 Aug 2014

If anyone ever needed irrefutable evidence that depression doesn’t discriminate, the death of Robin Williams is surely it.

Nurses don’t grow on trees: will NICE’s new safe staffing guidelines improve safety?

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 21 Jul 2014

The second I walked onto the ward I knew something was wrong.

Do politicians play on the fact many nurses would feel striking is "abandoning" their patients?

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 23 Jun 2014

When we asked this question last week on twitter, we were stunned by the unanimous “yes!” we received from nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Is a “Masterchef-style”’ competition the answer to poor nutrition in hospitals?

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 26 May 2014

How many of us watched Jamie Oliver taking on school lunches and wished he’d do the same for hospitals?

Do we need a ‘health atlas’?

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 28 Apr 2014

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.

How can we show our appreciation of student nurses?

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 31 Mar 2014

Not wanting to miss out on the excitement, I took my laptop to reception and based myself there to meet our shortlist.

Does ‘Bedpans and Bandages’ give nurses and student nurses the respect they deserve?

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 24 Feb 2014

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”.

Why are antipsychotics so regularly given to people with dementia?

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 27 Jan 2014

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.