Practice and learning editor Ann Shuttleworth has 20+ years’ experience in nurse publishing, having previously worked as deputy editor of Journal of Wound Care, editor of Professional Nurse, and managing editor of Child Health, Care of the Critically Ill, and Psychiatric Nursing. She also spent two years as editor of Emap Healthcare Open Learning, where she developed her understanding of educational publishing.
Ann’s interest in nursing was sparked while studying journalism, when she worked as a care assistant in a home for older people with dementia and did voluntary work with people with learning disabilities. This made her appreciate the importance of fundamental aspects of nursing care, and understand how powerfully nurses’ communication skills and compassion can affect patients.
Working with her jobshare partner Kathryn Godfrey, Ann is now responsible for overseeing the clinical section of Nursing Times, and for developing Nursing Times Learning. This suite of online expert-written and double-blind peer reviewed learning units offers continuing professional development for nurses. Its pre- and post-unit test enables nurses to see how their knowledge has increased, while personalised certificates enable them to demonstrate that they are fulfilling their PREP requirements.
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School nurses can support mental health and wellbeing – but only if we have enough of themSubscription
An article published online this week by Nursing Times reports on an initiative in East London to help school nurses and nursery nurses to detect and address mental health problems in children at an early stage, and to promote pupils’ emotional wellbeing and good mental health.
With its tendency to grab leaders’ attention to the extent that they can do little else, the workforce shortage is starting to feel like the nursing profession’s very own Brexit.
Have we forgotten that measles can be a killer?Subscription
Until the late 20th century measles was considered an almost inevitable disease of childhood – although adults are also susceptible.
In 2005, Nursing Times looked back at each decade of nursing in a special edition to celebrate its centenary. To mark the birth of the NHS this month, we are republishing the part of that special issue that focused on nursing in the 1940s.
I have read many distressing reports into care failings by NHS and independent sector providers over the years, but the report of the inquiry into the care provided at Gosport War Memorial Hospital between 1989 and 2000 still shocked me.
Despite the increasing complexity of nursing practice there is still a significant number of people who think nursing degrees are unnecessary.
It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Another story of a bullying culture among nurses in an NHS trust has emerged, just under five years since the Francis Report sent shockwaves across the country.
Hospitals are like foreign countries, where the familiar cultural norms don’t apply – or rather, that’s what they are like for patients. Where else would you disclose the most private information to strangers, or allow them to perform intimate – and often painful or unpleasant – procedures on you?
A 17-year-old at risk of suicide needs more than a strategy – she needs a place of safetySubscription
In the week the government announced a major mental health workforce plan, a distressing case brought into focus just how urgently action is needed.
Have you decided how to spend this year’s ‘pay rise’? Nurses working in the NHS are more likely to be working out what to cut back on after seven years of pay freezes or below-inflation pay rises.
It’s now five years since we launched Nursing Times Learning, our suite of online learning units, and in that time nurses have used it to complete over 35,000 hours’ CPD. After months of planning, editorial enhancements and technical design work, we are delighted to have launched a new learning system to better meet nurses’ professional development needs.
It’s been talked about for so long that nurses could be forgiven for thinking nurse revalidation would never happen. But it is happening – and it’s happening soon.
So after months of campaigning, and commentators pontificating about the implications of all the different coalition permutations, we have a majority government after all.
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.
I like to think that one of the reasons we love the NHS is that the general population in the UK has a sense of fairness that is largely independent of where individuals stand on the political spectrum. We may argue about the finer details but the overwhelming majority of us agree that a healthcare system that is free at the point of need is fair.
Storytelling has been a cornerstone of education and culture across the world for centuries.
We’re coming up to two years since Sir Robert Francis QC published his report into care failings at Mid Staffs. Unlike many “seminal” and “watershed” reports on the NHS and healthcare more widely, which lie gathering dust having been ignored by those targeted with recommendations, the Francis report has already led to changes in government policy and health service practice.
Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) must come to terms with having a progressive and incurable disease that will increasingly limit their capacity for physical activity, and is almost certain to cause their death. And the fact that it affects the ability to breathe means they are constantly reminded of this frightening prospect.
What will it take for people to realise that making money out of other people's misery is utterly unacceptable?
It’s Hallowe’en again, and as sure as ghouls emerge from graveyards, we have another crop of “hilarious” costumes making a joke out of mental illness.