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Practice team blog

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

All posts from: April 2015

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’.

'Knowledge of how to care for people with dementia is not reaching many staff'

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 20 Apr 2015

A few weeks ago I went to see Still Alice and cried. Despite close contact with people with dementia it was a shock to see a middle-aged woman with the condition, her rapid decline and the impact her illness had on those around her. As a woman in my fifties I was also frightened by what the future might hold.

Staff afraid to raise concerns? Nothing to do with us, Sir Robert

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 6 Apr 2015

In his recent report into whistleblowing Sir Robert Francis QC felt the need to call for legal protection for staff who raise concerns about care. This is a full two years on from his report into care failings at Mid Staffs, which lifted the lid on how the organisation treated staff who spoke up.