UK Nursing

My Bionic Woman

Lucy O'Brien | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy O'Brien

I'm a 29-year-old mental health nursing student from the University of South Wales, and I've been the sole carer for my mother, who has terminal cancer and is now receiving palliative care at home.

The Impending Nursing Shortage And How To Fix it

Danny Bowman | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Politics
Danny Bowman

Whichever political party you support I encourage you to back this approach which could help not only provide social and economic mobility for more people in the future but could play a vital role in maintaining the NHS for this generation and the next.

Should Nurses Go On Strike?

Fran Springfield | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Politics
Fran Springfield

All I know, is that when nurses are protesting - I will join them. Both as a patient and a nurse.

A Summer Of Discontent

Janet Davies | Posted 14.05.2017 | UK
Janet Davies

safety. However it is those very concerns that are now taking our focus towards industrial action. The current conditions are driving people out of the profession and putting new people off joining - and patients simply won't get the care they deserve from a workforce that is short on numbers

How Come We Don't Have An 'International Doctors Day'?

Jane Ball | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK
Jane Ball

I checked in case it was just me, being nursing-centric, who had missed the fact we annually celebrate medicine and the work of doctors. But no, it wa...

Saving The World, One Patient At A Time

Janet Davies | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK
Janet Davies

Tales of superhuman strength, commitment and compassion have come in from far and wide. What we've found is that it's not the moments of great drama that people remember as much as the quiet moments of support, the kind words that help them to be brave.

The Government Is Taking Advantage Of Nurses. We're On The Edge Of A Strike

Laura Zito | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK
Laura Zito

Some people will die. It's awful to say, but they will. Whether that's due to medications and treatments not being funded, the closure of emergency services, lack of staff or the inability to get a simple appointment, it's happening now.

The Government Must Act Now To Prevent Critical Nursing Shortages By 2020

Bryan Blears | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK
Bryan Blears

The reduction in NHS workers from abroad, coupled with the departure of EU workers and a dramatic reduction in British students taking up nursing and midwifery, may result in many more scenes of disastrous conditions in hospitals, with more patients being put at risk waiting on hospital corridors.

The Future Of The Nursing Profession Is At Risk From This Government

Justin Madders | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Politics
Justin Madders

The uncertainty created by Brexit means that the reliance in recent years on recruitment from the EU is no longer available to shore up the numbers. Our NHS staff cannot keep giving more at the same time that we are giving them less, the Government needs to reinstate bursaries and end pay restraint - we cannot afford not to.

The Waugh Zone February 2, 2017

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday, February 2… 1) MISSED WHIPLASH We hacks tend to overuse the word ‘historic’ in our copy, b...

'Just' A Healthcare Assistant

Roxanne Louise | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Roxanne Louise

Well, yes I am a health care assistant. I currently work in a GP surgery but I was also an employee within an NHS hospital for many years. I love my job and am proud of what I do, it gives me the opportunity to help people and truly make a difference every day.

The NHS 'Should Be Cherished'

Janet Davies | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Politics
Janet Davies

Since the Government announced the withdrawal of student funding for would-be nurses last year, we are already hearing of a 20% drop in applications for graduate nursing courses. And the 1% pay cap on salaries is not helping to encourage people into nursing and is making existing nurses reconsider whether they can even afford to continue. If the NHS wants to achieve a clean bill of health, we need to ensure there is adequate staffing, funding, resource and education. The health of the nation is at stake.

Mothers And Babies Will Be Safer With New Midwifery Law

Julie Mellor | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK
Julie Mellor

Having a baby is an exciting, life-changing event and one that every mother wants to be a positive experience. Midwives play a vitally important role in this; they are the first port of call when you have a question and help you to make informed choices about your pregnancy and birth.

Elizabeth Anionwu's Memoir: Mixed Blessings From A Cambridge Union Exceeds All Superlatives

Claudia Tomlinson | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK
Claudia Tomlinson

Elizabeth Anionwu is a diminutive woman of colossal talent in everything she has turned her hand to, and to top off a high achieving career, her memoir has now outed her as a wonderful author.

Diluting The Hospital Nurse Skill Mix Is Not In The Public Interest

Jane Ball | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK
Jane Ball

Our study suggests that the NHS needs to focus on achieving safe registered nurse staffing levels as a means to achieve better outcomes for patients. Anything less won't do.

Nurses Are Using Food Banks Just To Feed Their Families

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK

Nurses have been plunged into financial peril and forced to attend food banks amid a ‘perfect storm’ in the profession, the Royal College of Nursi...

RCN Guidance On Treatment Of Trans Patients Welcomed

Dr Helen Webberley | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK
Dr Helen Webberley

The lack of care experienced by members of the trans community is not exclusive to nurses and the points raised in the research shine a spotlight on the way in which the wider medical profession treats non gender conforming patients.

Children's Nurses Needed To Bridge Care Gap

Dame Elizabeth Fradd | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK
Dame Elizabeth Fradd

I've been a nurse for nearly 50 years, many of them on the front line in the care of sick children. It's a proud, positive and much loved profession. But as I write today, children's palliative nursing is facing a crisis: the number of children with life-limiting conditions that need care and support is increasing but the number of nursing posts to provide that support is failing to keep apace.

There Must Be a Guarantee for EU Nurses

Janet Davies | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK Politics
Janet Davies

With all of this uncertainty, it is absolutely vital that employers in the health service at least have a guarantee that their EU trained staff will be protected. Without this guarantee, they cannot be expected to guarantee safe staffing levels.

Lessons in Mental Health

Fiona Smith | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK
Fiona Smith

We all remember our days at school - our teachers, our friends, the moment the bell rang for break time. As children it's where we spend most of our time, the place where we build not only our academic skills but our knowledge of life and how to live it. But for some children and young people this experience is not quite the same.

Stepping Out of the 9 to 5: Three Stressful Careers That You Can Turn Around

Tayana Simons | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

Reaching breaking point in your current role doesn't necessarily mean you have to break away from your career completely, a side step might be just the thing you need to refresh your interest in your profession whilst freeing up more time to the other things that you enjoy. Life is about balance, stretching yourself to within an inch of your sanity is not going to do the best for you...

Nurses Don't Just Pass Things to the Doctor

Selena Sandeluss | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Selena Sandeluss

I will go for a drink with my nursing colleagues and talk about you and how sad it makes me, what you went through, how brave you were and how you inspired me. I will keep your story with me forever, joining my ever growing library of patients that I have cared for with cancer.

Bursaries for Midwives and Nurses: An Equality Issue

Sarah Cope | Posted 04.06.2017 | UK Politics
Sarah Cope

Campaigners against the removal of the bursaries have calculated that, without bursaries, childcare or travel expenses, and with tuition fees and loans, nurses and midwives will accrue debts of around £60,000 over the span of their three year course.

The Power of a Thank You Can Transcend Place or Time

Anna Crossley | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK
Anna Crossley

Thank you. It's a universal phrase, used for countless reasons from passing the salt, to providing support in a time of crisis. And it means different things to different people. But as a nurse let me tell you, one small thank you can go a long way.

Nursing: The Real Picture

Ali Lomas | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK
Ali Lomas

As a former model and photographer, I have trodden the catwalk during London Fashion Week, photographed an editorial shoot for Elle magazine, and was the youngest person to exhibit in the National Portrait Gallery. In 2013, I gave all this up to become an emergency nurse. A career that couldn't be more different from the one that I started in. Polar opposite in fact...