UK Nursing

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.

10 Ways Dads Can 'Breastfeed'

Caroline Thain | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Thain

Feeling slightly inadequate or left out is normal. You may sense that you are missing something special, by not being able to feed the baby. You might experience a perceived (or real) loss of intimacy, as your lover's role is reframed... So, it is helpful to know there are many ways you can 'breastfeed' the baby!

Babies Ate My Brain

Amy C | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amy C

The toddler is napping, the baby is sat contentedly chewing your car keys and you're washing up. The house is calm for a rare and brief moment. Then suddenly your husband throws a curveball...

Attachment Parenting vs the NHS - What's the Problem?

Francesca Richards-Spiller | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Francesca Richards-Spiller

I am a mum of two whose ethos, I would say, is pretty sympathetic to "attachment parenting". In my view, we are basically mammals, and natural birth, breastfeeding, co-sleeping and baby-wearing are all normal and natural things for mothers and babies. Here's the thing, I am also a qualified paediatric nurse.

Nurses Weep As A&E Department Closes (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK

Nurses are some of the country's toughest men and women, but for these brave caregivers the devastation became too much as their A&E department was sh...

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 ...

Jessica Elgot

Romanian Medical Staff Now In Highest Demand, As Britain Struggles For Nurses

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK

The NHS is recruiting GPs, intensive care nurses and neonatal experts from Romania, with the dire shortage of nursing students in the UK blamed for th...

Put Nurse Edith Cavell On £2 Coin, Not Kitchener

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Field Marshall Lord Kitchener is not everybody's choice as the heroic figurehead of the First World War. Yet it will be the War Minister's face on ...

The Healing Foundation: 'Suffer the Little Children'

Pam Warren | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK
Pam Warren

According to statistics from The Children's Burns Research Centre, the UK sees up to 90,000 children a year suffer from burns, with 10 a day being taken to regional burns treatment centres... I was shocked to discover that despite these differences between the way adults and children's skin reacts to burns, little research is actually available on how to treat burns in children.

Tuesday's Top Stories

PA | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK

LOOK: Pictures of the day, Tuesday, November 12 UK SENDS WARSHIP TO AID PHILIPPINES Britain will deploy a Royal Navy warship and donate a total of...

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.

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?

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.

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...

What Will We Learn From the Shocking Betrayal of NHS Values in Mid Staffordshire?

Rachel Carrell | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK Politics
Rachel Carrell

We are on the eve of an earthquake in the National Health Service. On 6 February, Robert Francis QC, will present his report into what Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has described as "perhaps the most shocking betrayal of NHS founding values in its history".

The NHS and Nursing - The Constant Revolution

Scott Lister | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Politics
Scott Lister

Like many nurses, I left the NHS because I found it practically impossible to be able to deliver a good standard of care due to what I call the 'constant revolution' within the health service.

Is Choice a Reality for People at the End of Life?

Imelda Redmond | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Imelda Redmond

A number of surveys of the general population have shown that, if we had the choice, most of us would prefer to die at home if we were terminally ill.

Nurse Admits Killing Baby With Salt Overdose

PA | Posted 15.10.2012 | UK

A nurse has admitted administering an overdose of salt to a baby who later died, a medical tribunal heard. The concentration of sodium chloride was...

Nurses 'Not Too Posh To Wash'

PA | Posted 04.09.2012 | UK

Nurses are being forced to clean toilets and mop hospital floors on top of their patient care duties, a new survey has found. More than half of NHS...

Care and Consent: Who Are NHS Organ Donation Nurses?

Graeme Keeton | Posted 19.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Graeme Keeton

The national consent rate for organ donation from the relatives of the terminally ill is around 60% and with three people in the United Kingdom dying every day because of lack of tissue and organs, it's up to specialist organ donation nurses to try and increase the numbers.

NHS At 'Breaking Point' Warn Nurses

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.05.2012 | UK

The NHS is at breaking point, the Royal College of Nursing has warned on Monday. With nursing positions at risk of being axed, the union said the ...

Treated In Corridors And Left On Hospital Trolleys

PA | Posted 13.05.2012 | UK

Nursing leaders have called for a halt to the loss of hospital beds after a study revealed that patients were being left on trolleys for hours on end ...