Nurses

Glass Ceilings For Women and Glass Floors For Men

Nick Clements | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

I think the majority of us want to see positive action against the 'glass ceiling' for women in the corporate world. It's about time sensible people ran our big corporations. However, we have an equally divisive 'glass floor' for men, which is not recognised, and yet it is causing just as much damage.

Midwives in First-Ever Vote on Industrial Action

Cathy Warwick | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK
Cathy Warwick

Next month, NHS midwives across England will vote on taking industrial action against their employers. It is the first time in the RCM's 133-year history that we have asked our members to do this. It is not something we take lightly, but midwives and maternity support workers are at breaking point.

Entrepreneurs Need Mentors - Here's Why

Jan Flawn | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK
Jan Flawn

I first became passionate about mentoring when I worked as a nurse in the NHS. It opened my eyes to the possibilities of helping people develop their skills by sharing experiences and knowledge...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Will Obama Intervene?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 18 June... 1) WILL OBAMA INTERVENE? From the Guardian: "Iraqi government forces fought off jiha...

When 'Lady With the Lamp' Doesn't Even Begin to Cover It: Celebrating International Nurses' Day

Sarah Kessler | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK
Sarah Kessler

"Glasgow nurses," The Times columnist Melanie Reid recalls being told, "have hearts like swinging bricks." A hard substitute for a heartbeat - but in ...

How Much Is The NHS Wasting On EMPTY Buildings?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

The National Health Service has been criticised after it admitted wasting £3.8 million on property taxes for the 122 empty buildings it owns, which i...

Before Attacking Foreign Workers Look at Your Christmas List

Will Black | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

Debates about globalisation examine impacts on all concerned - whether importers of labour, food and goods or those countries losing key workers, giving up their food or being turned into polluted assembly lines. Debates about the EU and migration which lack that level of empathy - and concentrate purely on what Britain is supposedly losing - simply miss the point.

Jeremy Hunt's Response to Francis Report Protects Perpetrators and Punishes Patients

Sam Fowles | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

I really miss the days when the worst we thought Jeremy Hunt could do to the NHS was privatise it. At least you knew what you were getting with privatisation. But what Mr Hunt is doing, incredibly, manages to be worse.

Why Are Nurses Turning To Payday Loans?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK

Nurses are increasingly relying on payday loans and borrowing from friends and family due to their falling take-home pay, it has emerged. A Nursin...

Belfast, Blantyre or Bihar: Nurse Power Could Save Millions of Newborn Lives

Professor Joy Lawn | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Joy Lawn

Today in Northern Ireland, over 200 babies will be born, about 20 preterm, but only about three newborns die each week. In Belfast, newborns dying of infection recently precipitated a major media storm.

Nursing USA: How to Get From LPN to RN in Five Steps

John MacLachlan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
John MacLachlan

For many Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), training to become a Registered Nurse (RN) may seem like a long and daunting process. Indeed, for some LPNs, it could take over 5 years to get to where they want to be but that doesn't necessarily mean it's not worthwhile.

More Than 5,000 NHS Nurses Cut In Three Years

PA | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK

The NHS has lost more than 5,000 nurses in just three years, official figures show. Data for May this year reveals there were 348,311 qualified sta...

Nurses Owed Thousands in Overpaid Tax

Vikki Geary | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK
Vikki Geary

The nursing profession requires not just an enormous time and emotional commitment, but a financial commitment as well. In fact, every year thousands of pounds in overpaid tax goes unclaimed by nurses unaware of the financial support available to them.

The Value of Specifics and When Nursing Goes Viral

Graeme Keeton | Posted 12.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Graeme Keeton

Trusts around the country are beginning to see the advantages of engaging their staff with social media, and it's time for all of us to provide the support. How do we get more nurses online, collaborating safely and effectively? How do we get the most out of social media for patients?

How MPs Can Fix the Pay Rise Problem, Save Jobs and Secure Relection in One Easy Step

Mikey Smith | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics
Mikey Smith

Imagine the public uproar if you accepted a 10% increase a few weeks after a lot of you of you hear-heared in a 1% cap on public sector pay rises. Well fear not, public servants of Britain. I have come up with an innovative solution which will not only rescue you from this awkward quandary, it'll guarantee you re-election and it's essentially altruistic...

Doctors Pass Vote Of No Confidence In Jeremy Hunt

PA | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK Politics

Doctors leaders have passed a vote of no confidence in health secretary Jeremy Hunt. Representatives at the British Medical Association's (BMA) ann...

Carer's Week 2013: Stress Reduction for Those "Prepared to Care"

Tony Lobl | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Stress is not a new concept, but we live in an age which is constantly creating fresh varieties of angst to add to our mental in-tray. Caring doesn't sound like it should be one of those in-tray items. But when we become 'carers' and the demands are persistent, even relentless, then the challenges mount.

Quit Scaremongering Over My NHS

Graeme Keeton | Posted 08.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Graeme Keeton

We're all aware of the challenges faced by the NHS and its staff, and how savings have made life difficult for a lot of people working in Trusts across the UK, but what doesn't really help patients and their families - which is what the NHS is there to do - is flaming, berating, scaremongering and being straight-up inappropriate on places like Twitter.

We'd All Be Worse Without a Nurse

Graeme Keeton | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Graeme Keeton

The Mid Staffs report gave nursing a considerable shake, but those bad eggs are not representative of the nursing population, and certainly not of my mother.

Hunt's Hospital Overhaul Does 'Not Go Far Enough'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK

NHS managers responsible for their hospitals' failures will be "struck off" and barred from working in the health service and under-performing hospita...

Why Pick on Nurses?

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK
Margaret Heffernan

Today, when nurses are being urged, in effect, to go back to school and retrain, the implication is that the more recent scandals were all the fault of nurses. Why? Presumably because they are easier to pick on: mostly female, further down the pecking order and therefore less powerful.

Dominatrix ‘Nurse’ Posed With Dead Bodies on Facebook

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK

A woman dressed as a nurse who Facebooked pictures of herself standing over an elderly woman inviting people to guess whether she was dead, is being i...

It Seems Morale and Motivation Is Not the Worst It's Ever Been.... Again!

Dean Royles | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK
Dean Royles

Look at the year the NHS has just had. Strikes, pay freezes, pension contribution increases, redundancy, massive reorganisation, industrial action, reconfiguration and more. A tough year in anyone's book but the survey shows us that the majority of indicators were stable or improved.

Sick Of Sexism

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle

An academic has criticised "YouTube culture" for reinforcing sexist stereotypes of nurses and urged health professionals to upload their own real-life...

'Truly Dreadful': PM Vows To Learn Lessons From Hospital Scandal

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 06.02.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has apologised to families of people who suffered "truly dreadful" care in the Mid Staffordshire Hospitals scandal. Announcing a radi...