NHS staff have displayed “incredible resilience” in meeting unprecedented patient demand this winter, according to a report from NHS Improvement last week.
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The news last week that the chief nursing officer for England role could be realigned to sit across both NHS Improvement and NHS England when Jane Cummings departs her role could weaken nursing’s voice further at a senior level.
Nurses don’t get paid much, they work long hours with often unpaid overtime, and it’s a job with few freebies.
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There is something really special about the Nursing Times Awards that I shall miss when I stop being editor of Nursing Times next month.
When I talk to members of the public about nursing, I know what mental images they have got in their heads - nurses in uniforms, working on wards and helping (usually older) people in and out of bed.
There aren’t many moments in nursing when you have a chance to pause, take a deep breath and feel the pride of being a nurse.
Learning disability nurses are a pretty vocal bunch. They have to be. Often regarded as the Cinderellas of the profession, they have learnt to stand up for their service users and themselves. And they’re pretty good at it.
The care of older people used to be considered slower paced and clinically less challenging but – like everything in nursing – our perceptions have had to change with the profession and patient demand.
People can be slightly cynical about awards events. You know, all that clapping and voracious supporting of each other’s outstanding achievements can become wearing for some. But that never seems to happen in nursing awards. And I am glad about that.
National workforce planning is the most important item on anyone’s agenda at the moment. In fact, it is pretty much the only item on the agenda that anyone should be talking about.
Title: Bread, Jam and a Borrowed Pram: A nurse’s story from the streetsAuthor: Dot May DunnPublisher: Orion Books, 2011Reviewer: Jenni Middleton, Editor, Nursing Times, EMAPWhat was it like?