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September 2013

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NMC rulings and proposal for re-validation

A nurses' suspension over Facebook posts was reminder of the care health professionals must take on social media

A nurses’ suspension over Facebook posts was reminder of the care health professionals must take on social media


We were shocked to hear about the offensive comments a children’s hospice nurse posted on Facebook. Her suspension was a stark reminder of the need to always think about how you use social media as a healthcare professional.
Nurse suspended over Facebook posts


Two Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust nurses were investigated by the NMC in September, over the death of a patient in their care in April 2007. For failing to ensure a diabetic patient received vital insulin medication, one nurse was struck off while the other received a three year caution order.
Mid Staffs nurse struck off after patient death


Should patient feedback by a part of nurse appraisals? This was one of the big questions being asked by the NMC as part of its proposals for nurse revalidation.
NMC to vote on proposals for nurse revalidation


Staffing, and a lack of it, once again sparked a heated debate on the NT forums. Nurses at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust told Care Quality Commission inspectors that they were not able to adequately care for patients because there were not enough of them to do so. The inspection highlighted the problems short-staffing can cause.
‘Emotional’ nurses tell hospital inspectors of low staffing fears


Concerns were raised that early results from the government’s new “Friends and Family Test” were being displayed in a misleading way, which could cause unnecessary worry to patients and damage staff morale. The NHS Choices website found itself strongly criticised by directors of nursing over the issue.
Nurses raise concern friends and family test is alarming patients


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