UK Nursing

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 08.06.2016 | 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 05.06.2016 | 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 11.05.2016 | 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 24.02.2016 | 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...

Women in Business Q&A: Martie Moore, Chief Nursing Officer, Medline Industries Inc.

Laura Dunn | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK
Laura Dunn

Martie Moore Martie Moore is chief nursing officer of Medline Industries, Inc. based in Mundelein, Ill. In this role, Moore provides nursing leadersh...

George Osborne Is Considering Axing Student Nurses' Bursaries

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 21.11.2015 | UK Politics

George Osborne is considering axing student nurses' bursaries. Under plans which could be announced in the Chancellor's spending review next Wednes...

Man Declares Wife, Who Is A Nurse, A 'Hero' In Touching Facebook Post

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A man has shared a touching tribute to his wife on Facebook and captured the hearts of thousands of people around the world in the process. Bobby ...

Infection Prevention: A Contagious Issue

Rose Gallagher | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK
Rose Gallagher

You are probably unaware that last week was International Infection Prevention Week. Unlike Bonfire Night or Christmas - this is generally not one for...

The Shocking Plight of 330,000 Disabled Children in the UK

Fiona Smith | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK
Fiona Smith

We cannot rely on charities: this needs to be a top priority for our Government and we need to find ways of working together to address this issue. It's no good having policy in place if it is not put into practice. The system needs to be overhauled and fast, if we are to provide the care and support that all disabled children and their families deserve.

Why I'd Deter Anyone From Becoming a Nurse

Clare O'Neill | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK Politics
Clare O'Neill

The NHS is a system we all take for granted and I cannot begin to express its worth, or the worth of its employees. However, when faced with the all challenges it has had, the NHS struggles to provide the help nurses deserve, much less adequately address and support staff with chronic health problems. Nurses struggle, and their health suffers.

A Nursing Crisis

Beth Britton | Posted 30.07.2016 | UK
Beth Britton

When most people think about nurses, it's usually hospitals that spring to mind. Occasionally some people might identify with their local GP practice nurse or district nurse, but suffice to say that nursing is very much seen within the confines of the NHS. Yet what about social care?

Nurse Told Cop 'You Wait If Your Mum Ever Has To Be Cared For By Me'

PA | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK

A nurse has been suspended after telling a policewoman "just you wait if your mum ever has to be cared for by me" and attacking another person with a ...

PSHE: The Missing Link

Fiona Smith | Posted 17.07.2016 | UK
Fiona Smith

The UK is shockingly behind other developed countries in terms of children's health outcomes, with five more children dying per day than in Sweden. So many health issues facing our children are preventable - yet the Government has just cut £200 million from public health spending and with it many of the resources we need to educate children about their health.

It Is Nonsensical, Unfair and Completely Illogical to Force Nurses to Leave the Country While We Face a Shortage

Dr Peter Carter | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK
Dr Peter Carter

Thousands of nurses have left their homes and moved to the other side of the world, to work for the NHS in hospitals, our emergency departments and in our care homes. For the vast majority, their starting salary will be about £21,000 a year. Without them many health and social care organisations would struggle to deliver safe care. Their reward for this contribution to our health service? If they don't somehow increase their salary to £35,000 they will be forced to leave the country after six years.

How 'Admiral Joe' Could Transform Dementia Support

Beth Britton | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK
Beth Britton

Admiral Nurses are to dementia what Macmillan nurses are to cancer: specialists in their field, and an invaluable resource to families. Furthermore, in the desperate need to provide more integrated services for families affected by dementia,

Why I Study Nursing

Kieran Uttley | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kieran Uttley

Studying nursing is demanding. It can be stressful, tiring and yes, I sometimes wonder why I do it. But then something happens that rekindles the reasons why I nurse, why I love it and why it means so much to me.

Why the 'Three Rs' Are Vital to Sex Education

Madelaine Ward | Posted 21.06.2015 | UK
Madelaine Ward

After almost 50 years in nursing, it still worries me that not enough emphasis is placed on the 'Three Rs' when it comes to sexual health education in Britain. It seems that we are so keen to teach our young people the mechanics of what is safe and what isn't, that we forget there is so much more they should, and indeed must, know.

Without Enough Inspired Nurses There Will Be a Decline in Basic Healthcare Provisions in Uganda

Martha Amoo | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK
Martha Amoo

I was one of the lucky ones. I was born into a supportive family that could afford to give me an education. There are 32 nursing schools in Uganda but tuition fees and lack of opportunities mean many young girls are unable to follow in my footsteps.