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CARING is the essence of NURSING. -Jean Watson

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Knowing is not enough, we must APPLY. Willing is not enough, we must DO. -Bruce Lee

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Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. -Winston Churchill

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Investment into NHS will not deliver without sufficient workforce, warn nurses

Almost £6bn is to be invested in the NHS in England to help drive down patient waiting lists by offering more scans, checks and procedures, but nurse leaders have warned that without funding to address staff shortages, there will not be the workforce available to…

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Nurses succeed in campaign to change shift patterns at London trust

Nurses at a major London trust will now have an additional shift off every other month thanks to a change in shift patterns campaigned for by critical care nurses concerned about the wellbeing of their colleagues. In an exclusive interview with Nursing Times, critical care…

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K-pop band pays special tribute to nursing profession

The coronavirus pandemic has placed a stark lens on how much the nursing profession is relied on to “keep us healthy and heal us”, a famous South Korean band member has said in a special tribute to nurses around the world. Kim Ki-bum, better known…

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Fund bolstered by Captain Tom to support expansion of ‘roaming nurse’ service

A “roaming nurse” palliative care service is among the projects to receive a funding boost as part of the latest round of allocations from the Covid-19 Urgent Appeal. The appeal, which is managed by NHS Charities Together, raised a record-breaking £150m earlier in the pandemic…

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STRESS

 Stress arises due to the demands placed on an individual and the individual's inability to
meet those demands. Stress is an involuntary physical reaction and causes harmful effects on one's body and mind. In today's fast paced and highly competitive effects one's body and mind. In today's fast paced and highly competitive environment, stress has become a way of life for many; especially so for managers. Stress related illnesses include clinical depression, high blood pressure and heart problems. In view of this, it has become very important for an individual to identify stress triggers, ands take steps to manage them, Managers have to deal with unforeseen situations and this can often cause stress. Stress management includes handling stress effectively by planning work, setting realistic goals, taking regular breaks, exercising etc. it helps a person to stay in control and balance their work and personal life better.

Definition of Stress

 Stress is defined as anything that disrupts the normal person's physical or mental well-being. It occurs when the body performs activities outside its capabilities or when the person faces extraordinary demands. According to the Taber's Cyclopedia (a medical dictionary), stress is 'the result produced when a structure, system, or organism is acted upon by forces that disrupt equilibrium or produce strain.'

The process of stress has a stressor or stimulant that causes or stimulates stress in any situation. A stressor is in itself neither positive nor negative, good nor bad, it is how one reacts to it which determines its positivity or negative. For example, a deadline that's nearing can be a motivator to finish the task on time (a positive stressor) for one manager whereas it can be a threat ( a negative stressor) for another. Hence, every manager has to identify his/her reactions to various situations, in order to deal with stress easily.

Stress can be differentiated by the way in which it affects the body and mind of an individual. It can be either positive or negative. Positive stress is called eustress. It triggers the body alarm and enhances a person's attention, performance, and creativity. It has temporary effects. Negatives stress is called distress. It has a negative affect on the physical and mental health of an individual. If left unattended, distress could result in serious health problems like sleeplessness, depression, eating disorders, and suicidal tendencies. Eustress beyond a certain level becomes distress..

In order to explain this phenomenon of stress, Hans Selye developed a model called the General Adaptive Syndrome (GAS model). The GAS model explains how an individual reacts to and deals with stress. This model has three stages. The first stage is the alarm reaction stage, which involves the body's response to the new situation or the stressor. In this stage, the individual is under eustress. The second stage is the resisting stage, which involves resisting or reacting to the situation. In this stage is the body is said to be under a fight or flight situation. The fight or flight situation is the body's ability to deal with the situation (fight) or escape from it (flight). The third stage is the exhaustion stage, which is the aftermath of the fight or flight situation. If the resistance stage extends over a long period, the individual becomes distressed. A manager has to recognize the stress levels that he/she finds acceptable in order to use stress as a motivator and avoid stress.




Nurse shortages forcing more nursing homes to downgrade, warns CQC

More care homes are being forced to end their provision of nursing care because of a lack of nurses, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has warned in its annual report on the state of health and adult social care in England. The watchdog said that…

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Javid urged to address care staff shortages in ‘unprecedented’ letter

Health and social care secretary Sajid Javid is being urged to “act now” to address the staffing “crisis” facing the adult social care sector. Mr Javid has received an “unprecedented” joint letter from the union Unison and social care membership organisation the National Care Forum…

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More work needed to achieve racial equality in mental health nursing, event hears

Representation of Black mental health nurses is improving but they are too often in “lower positions”, according to speakers at a nursing event last night marking Black History Month. Actor David Harewood joined Simon Arday, registered mental health nurse, and Kojo Bonsu, a peer involvement…

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NHS England launches fourth annual nurse recruitment campaign

The NHS in England has today launched its annual recruitment drive that is set to feature testimonials from real nurses about their experiences of “life on the frontline”. The We are the NHS campaign is now in its fourth year and seeks to shine a…

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Virtual nurse-led health promotion programme proves successful

A nurse-led NHS cardiovascular programme that was forced to go digital because of Covid-19 was up to three times better for patients than the face-to-face model, new research shows. Sarah Teague is one of nine cardiovascular nurse specialists who lead the virtual programme, which is…

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Survey reveals ‘stark’ staffing challenges facing care services

Social care providers in England have had to turn away thousands of people in need of support because they do not have enough staff, according to a new survey of services managers. The National Care Forum, in partnership with The Outstanding Managers Network, polled 340…

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Wales hopes to put general practice nursing ‘on the map’ with new framework

A new framework has been launched in Wales to provide a “consistent approach” to the development of general practice nurses in the country. Those behind the new 178-page blueprint said they hoped the document “inspires and encourages nurses and employers alike to expand and enhance…

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University unveils murals portraying depth and breadth of nursing

A London university has celebrated nursing with two new murals depicting the day-to-day life of nurses and other health workers during Covid-19. The artworks have gone on display at the newly refurbished nursing simulated learning and clinical skills centre at Kingston University. Sally Richardson, associate…

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CQC survey shows high patient trust in hospital nurses but concerns about shortages

The majority of hospital patients have trust and confidence in the nurses involved in their care, but many say there are not enough of them, according to new survey taken during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The Care Quality Commission has today published…

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Twitter challenged over ‘outdated and appalling’ imagery of nurses

Social media site Twitter is being urged to remove sexist, misogynistic and “appalling” imagery of nurses currently available on its platform. Several nurses, including the chief nurse of Health Education England, have raised concerns that moving images of nurses on Twitter, known as GIFs, are…

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Edinburgh nurses share stories of Covid-19 for book festival project

Community nurses and nursing students in Scotland have documented their experiences of working through the pandemic for a new publication launched at a book festival. Pandemic Portobello is a collection of stories from people in the Portobello area of Edinburgh inspired by the response to…

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NMC expands network of OSCE centres for overseas nurses and returners

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has “significantly” increased its test centre provision for nurses from overseas and those returning to practice, it has been announced. The nursing regulator said the move would offer these professionals more choice in where they can take their required tests…

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Military deployed to Scottish NHS as nurse shortages hit record levels

The military has been called on to plug staffing gaps in Scottish NHS services, as latest data shows nursing vacancies have reached record high levels. NHS Education for Scotland figures from June 2021 reported 4,845 nursing and midwifery vacancies, the highest number since recording started…

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Mesothelioma charity appoints specialist nurse for Thames Valley

A charity’s network of specialist nurses dedicated to supporting people with mesothelioma has grown with a new appointment in the Thames Valley region. Charlotte Buckle is joining Mesothelioma UK’s team of UK clinical nurse specialists and will be based at Churchill Hospital, which is part…

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RCN confirms schedule for balloting members in England on pay strike

The Royal College of Nursing has announced the dates for its indicative ballot on industrial action in England, following the 3% NHS pay award. It will ask members whether they are willing to take industrial action, such as strike action or action short of strike,…

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Wales CNO says she will not tolerate discrimination and neither should others

The new chief nursing officer (CNO) for Wales has said she is "really clear" about the value she brings to the profession and would not hesitate in calling out discrimination. Sue Tranka, who was an international recruit from South Africa more than 20 years ago,…

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Nurse backs appeal to boost CPR skills among minority ethnic communities

The founder of British Sikh Nurses is among health leaders who are calling for more people from minority ethnic backgrounds to learn CPR skills. The appeal follows “worrying” survey results that show many people do not know the difference between a cardiac arrest and a…

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Inaugural chief nurse for adult social care takes on role permanently

Professor Deborah Sturdy has been permanently appointed as England's first chief nurse for adult social care, having carried out the role in an interim capacity for more than eight months. The confirmation came during a speech from Professor Sturdy at the Queen’s Nursing Institute’s annual…

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Pink bus tour takes nurses on the road to provide breast cancer support

A nurse consultant who has worked in breast care for 20 years has used her expertise to support an awareness raising campaign involving a big pink bus. Lingerie company Victoria’s Secret and breast cancer charity Future Dreams UK have teamed up for an initiative that…

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UK CNOs state their positions on protecting ‘nurse’ title in legislation

Some of the most senior nurses across the UK have shown their support for ‘nurse’ to become a protected title by law. The chief nursing officers (CNOs) for England and Northern Ireland have both backed the move to legally restrict use of ‘nurse’ to those…

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WHO planning new network to connect nurses across the globe

The World Health Organization (WHO) is set to launch a virtual network where nurses and midwives can share knowledge, research and innovative ideas on a global level, it has been announced. Chief nursing officer of the WHO, Elizabeth Iro, said the new ‘global community of…

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New guide for student nurse placements in social care welcomed

Guidance has been published that aims to support and encourage student nursing placements in social care settings. Skills for Care, with funding from Health Education England, produced the first-time guidance to demonstrate to employers, student nurses, and education providers how successful clinical placements in social…

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Overseas nurses ‘should not all be placed at band 5’, says deputy CNO

More must be done to recognise the prior experience of international nurses coming to work in the NHS, with senior staff offered opportunities to go straight into leadership positions, a deputy chief nursing officer for England has urged. Speaking during the Queen’s Nursing Institutes annual…

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Hampshire drops plans to cut 47 public health nursing posts

A county council has scrapped plans to cut its public health budget by £6.8m for the current financial year, which would also have seen a drop of £2.09m in funding for public health nurses. Hampshire County Council (HCC) has abandoned proposals it put forward in…

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RCN Wales launches ‘trade dispute’ over 3% pay deal for nurses

The Royal College of Nursing in Wales has taken further steps towards industrial action over nurses' pay, by launching a formal trade dispute with the government and NHS employers. The dispute is based on the fact the Welsh Government implemented a 3% pay award for…

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Further decline in number of registered nurses in adult social care

The number of registered nurses in adult social care in England has dropped again from last year and is down by almost 17,000 jobs since 2012, a new report by Skills for Care reveals. There were 34,000 registered nurses in 2020-21, which is a decline…

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Former nurses to be offered increased payment of £1,000 to return to practice

An incentive payment being used to entice former nurses and midwives back into work is being doubled in the hope of getting more people back on the register. Health Education England (HEE) has announced today that it will now be increasing the golden hello for…

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Independent sector nurse leader moves to new national role

Private hospital provider HCA Healthcare UK has appointed experienced nurse leader Carol Kefford as its new chief nursing executive. In her new national role, Ms Kefford will oversee the development of the organisation's "nursing strategy" and the career management of nursing and allied health professionals (AHPs).…

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Leading GP makes the case for every school to have a nurse

Every school should have a full-time school nurse who sits on the governing board and even helps to deliver lessons, to provide a greater focus on the health and wellbeing of children and young people, according to the vice president of the Queen’s Nursing Institute.…

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A history of nursing in Britain: the 1970s

Nurses march over pay, the RCN becomes a trade union and discipline is relaxed to boost morale (article first published 2005) The 1970s was the decade when nurses really started to fight back against what they saw as injustice. From 1971 onwards, industrial action became…

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MP report on pandemic response ‘shows nurses let down by failures’

Failures made by the UK government during the coronavirus pandemic contributed to a high number of deaths and put health and care staff at unnecessary risk, especially those from minority ethnic backgrounds, MPs have warned. The Science and Technology Committee and Health and Social Care…

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Public health nursing groups welcome retention of chief nurse

Professor Viv Bennett has retained her position as England’s most senior public health nurse, in the wake of a major organisational shake up. She has been appointed as chief public health nurse in the newly formed Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID), a government…

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Ballot opens for Scotland’s nurses on willingness for industrial action

Nurses in Scotland are being urged to give their views on what industrial action they are willing to take over the ongoing pay row in an indicative ballot which opens today. Members of the Royal College of Nursing in Scotland, who are on Agenda for…

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UK nursing charity approves plans to become ‘global organisation’

The Florence Nightingale Foundation (FNF) has revealed plans to become a “global organisation”, in what has been described as a “momentous step forward” for the charity. Speaking at a conference held today to celebrate its latest cohorts of scholars, chief executive of the foundation, Professor…

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All student nurses should be offered arts module, urges author

Author and former nurse Professor Christie Watson has called for the creative arts to be embedded into education programmes for nurses and other health professionals. Professor Watson, who has recently published her fifth book, said her “big fight” currently was to promote the teaching of…

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Nursing Times team completes walk for charity supporting nurses

A team from Nursing Times has taken part in the annual fundraising event for Cavell Nurses’ Trust, with members completing a 10km walk through London. On the afternoon of Thursday 7 October, the group did the 10k For Nurses & Midwives challenge in support of…

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Emotional and spiritual care ‘hugely lacking’ during pandemic, finds nurse-led study

Nurses must be equipped with the appropriate training and resources to deliver spiritual care and support to patients during major health crises such as the coronavirus pandemic, a nursing academic has told. Professor Irena Papadopoulos, professor of transcultural health and nursing at Middlesex University London,…

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A history of nursing in Britain: the 1910s

The Great War and registration turn nursing from a vocation into a profession (article first published 2005) If its first few years were in a relatively quiet period of British and nursing history, the second decade of the 20th century presented far more challenges for…

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A history of nursing in Britain: the 1960s

The profession is transformed by fairer pay, married women, male nurses and flexible hours (article first published 2005) The 1960s were a time of change for nursing as the profession started to gain more independence and self-control over its future, but it was a slow…

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A history of nursing in Britain: the 1980s

Aids is a new health threat, the NHS has its longest pay dispute yet and the UKCC is created (article first published 2005) The 1980s were characterised by industrial strife and upheaval in nursing. The profession was more often than not at loggerheads with the…

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NHS poll highlights ‘huge toll’ Covid-19 continues to take on staff

Fresh concerns have been raised about patient backlogs and spiking winter pressures, as eight in 10 NHS staff believe current demands on the health service are as concerning as the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. These were the findings of a new YouGov poll of…

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Staffing and wellbeing concerns raised by critical care nurses at London trust

Critical care nurses at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust have said staff shortages are damaging their wellbeing and affecting patient safety. The union Unite surveyed 188 critical care nursing and technical staff at the London trust and 93% reported understaffing in their unit…

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Pressures at busy hospital trust driving nurses away, warns CQC

Increased workloads in emergency departments (EDs) within a Birmingham NHS trust has seen nurses “pressured” into using corridors to care for their patients, while others felt no choice but to leave their jobs altogether, a recent inspection has revealed. The Care Quality Commission has downgraded…

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Reader survey: Tell us what you think about your Nursing Times

Nursing Times is currently carrying out its annual reader survey and we would love to hear your thoughts. For example, would you recommend us to a colleague or student, what do you enjoy about Nursing Times, what do you use us for primarily and what…

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Nurse leaders issue letter of support to profession ahead of winter

The UK’s four chief nursing officers and the nursing regulator have paid special tribute to the ongoing “determination” of the workforce, while urging colleagues to take care of their own health and wellbeing ahead of what is expected to be a difficult winter. A joint…

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Nursing university dean from US elected new president of ICN

The newly elected president of the International Council of Nurses has said she hopes to “increase the influence of nurses” across the world. Dr Pamela Cipriano, who is from the US and has served as vice president of the ICN since 2017, has become the…

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Nurses from specialist bowel hospital create new stoma care guide

A team of specialist nurses in London has designed and written a new stoma care book to help “empower” patients and guide health professionals supporting them. Those behind the initiative told Nursing Times they also hoped it would help to address nurse shortages by inspiring…

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Government-funded critical care training to launch for nurses in November

A programme designed to “strengthen” the critical care workforce in England will officially launch for nurses and allied health professionals next month. Supported by a £10m cash injection from the government, up to 10,500 nursing staff will soon embark on a “blended” training programme aimed…

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RCN to test appetite among nurses in England for pay strike

The Royal College of Nursing is going to ask its members working in the English NHS whether they are willing to go on strike over the “unacceptable” pay deal that they have received. The college today followed in the steps of other health unions by…

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Mental health nurse consultants regain national platform

The expertise of mental health nurse consultants in England is being harnessed again at a national level, thanks to the reboot of a previously influential network. Nursing Times has spoken to those leading the Mental Health Nurse Consultant Forum about their ambitions for the group…

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Professor Annie Altschul: mental health nursing pioneer

When the Royal College of Nursing asked delegates at its Mental Health Research Conference in June this year after whom its new collection of mental health research should be named, the clear and obvious answer was Professor Annie Altschul. She was an inspiring teacher and…

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Analysis: Nurse directors set out challenges facing mental health sector

Mental health nurses are now facing record levels of demand following a significant decline in referrals and admissions when coronavirus first hit last year, analysis by Nursing Times reveals. But the pandemic has acted as a catalyst for positive change in mental health services and…

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Children’s nurse pleads not guilty to murder of eight babies

A children’s nurse has denied murdering eight babies and attempting to murder 10 others while working at a neonatal unit in Chester. Lucy Letby is accused of murdering five baby boys and three baby girls at the Countess of Chester Hospital between June 2015 and…

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Unite planning ‘targeted’ industrial action over 3% NHS pay deal in England

The union Unite has said it is drawing up a plan for "targeted" industrial action across the English NHS this winter, after its members voted against the government’s 3% pay award. In a ballot of Unite members working for NHS England, 90% of those who…

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Concerning spike in nurse mental health and respiratory sick days since Covid-19

The number of sick days taken by nurses and health visitors in England are up almost a fifth on pre-pandemic levels, according to new analysis from the Royal College of Nursing. Laying bare the toll of the past 19 months on the profession, the investigation…

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Covid-19 lockdown ‘bad’ for type 2 diabetes but ‘good’ for type 1

The first analysis of its kind has found a substantial improvement in blood glucose control in people with type 1 diabetes during lockdown, while glycaemic control waned in those with type 2 diabetes. The findings suggest that the widespread availability of digital diabetes therapies, a…

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RCN assures concerned members it is taking steps towards re-joining ICN

The Royal College of Nursing has today provided an update on the progress made towards re-joining the International Council of Nurses, following criticism from members who led the campaign for the move. The college issued a statement late this afternoon after receiving a letter from…

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Overseas recruitment ‘remains key’ to meeting 50,000 nurse target

The "major role" overseas recruitment will have to play in order to meet "bold" targets around boosting the nursing workforce has been reaffirmed in new research commissioned by NHS England. Policy commitments have been made in England to expand the NHS workforce by 50,000 nurses through…

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NHS Highland to pay out more than £3.4m to staff following bullying inquiry

A Scottish health board at the centre of a recent workplace bullying investigation is expected to pay more than £3.4m in compensation costs to affected staff. In 2018, a group of senior clinicians blew the whistle on what they described as a long-running culture of…

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Breastfeeding ‘protects’ against type 1 diabetes but cow’s milk may up risk

Breastfeeding is associated with a lower risk of developing type 1 diabetes, according to Swedish researchers. However, in contrast, they said drinking more than two or three glasses of cow’s milk a day during childhood, was linked with higher odds of developing type 1 diabetes.…

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Mental health drugs script common ahead of diabetes diagnosis

The prescription of antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs is common ahead of a type 2 diabetes diagnosis, according to UK researchers. They found almost three in 10 people with type 2 diabetes in Scotland were prescribed antidepressants before they were diagnosed with diabetes. “Some antidepressants and…

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Wales extends ‘pioneering’ safe nurse staffing legislation to children’s wards

Children’s hospital wards in Wales are to be covered by safe nurse staffing legislation from today – around six months later than initially planned. The move means paediatric inpatient wards will now have a legal duty to both calculate and maintain its nurse staffing levels,…

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Government launches new Covid-19 jab exemption process for care workers

Care workers who believe they should be exempt from having the Covid-19 vaccine can no longer “self-certify” and instead must use a government scheme for confirmation. The government has outlined a new process in which care staff must fill out an application form, which will…

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Spike in children’s mental health disorders reflects ‘gaping workforce chasm’

Mental ill-health among children in England has reached “unprecedented levels”, as latest figures reveal one in six had a probable mental disorder over the past year. Health leaders have said urgent action is needed to boost the workforce and expand services to prevent children from…

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Healthy BMI diabetes patients can ‘achieve remission’ with weight loss

People of “normal weight” with type 2 diabetes can reverse the condition through substantial weight loss, contrary to perceived wisdom, according to UK researchers. They said the finding should be a “wake up call” to clinicians, with “no time to be lost in getting the…

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Study shows ethnicity plays role in NHS staff decisions to speak up

NHS staff from Black and minority ethnic groups continue to face barriers speaking up about workplace issues, according to research reported by the National Guardian’s Office (NGO) today. Research commissioned by the NGO found that minority ethnic staff were less likely than White staff members…

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Union threatens industrial action over 3% nurse pay deal in Wales

The Royal College of Nursing in Wales is threatening industrial action over the “unacceptable” 3% pay award that nurses in the country are receiving for 2021. The Welsh branch of the college announced today that if the Welsh Government “continues to refuse to negotiate” an…

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Nursing organisations mark 100 years since register opened

The 100th anniversary of the opening of the first-ever nursing register in the UK is being marked today. The Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Royal College of Nursing have both recognised the centenary, which represents a key major milestone in the history of the…

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Men at ‘much greater’ risk of dying after weight-loss surgery

Men who undergo bariatric surgery are five times as likely to die within 30 days of the procedure compared to women, researchers have found. In addition, their long-term mortality is almost three times higher, according to their analysis of national data from Austria spanning 10…

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Nurse leader sounds alarm over pandemic ICU ratios ‘becoming routine’

Dilluted intensive care nurse ratios introduced to mitigate the high demands of Covid-19 are now “becoming routine” in hospitals across the UK to help tackle patient backlogs and busy units, a nurse leader has warned. Nicki Credland, chair of the British Association of Critical Care…

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RCN Scotland to consult nurses on industrial action over pay dispute

An indicative ballot has been launched to gauge appetite among nurses in Scotland for taking industrial action over the ongoing pay row. The Royal College of Nursing has today unveiled plans to consult its members between 12 October and 8 November to inform the union’s…

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NMC given green light to explore changes to nurse education standards

A programme of work to explore post-Brexit changes to pre-registration education standards for nursing and midwifery students has been approved by the regulator’s governing council. The Nursing and Midwifery Council will now push forward with a further review of its education standards, which includes the…

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Bisphosphonate ‘may reduce risk’ of developing type 2 diabetes

The widely used osteoporosis drug alendronate can also reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to Danish researchers. Those behind a new study said it had been known for decades that patients with diabetes had a higher risk of fractures, suggesting a link…

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Pandemic drives almost doubling in whistleblowing disclosures to NMC

Problems related to personal protective equipment (PPE) and short staffing contributed to a spike in whistleblowing complaints to the nursing regulator during the Covid-19 pandemic, new data reveals. The Nursing and Midwifery Council received 192 whistleblowing disclosures from workers in 2020-21 – almost double the…

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QNI asks prime minister for protected fuel supplies for community nurses

The Queen’s Nursing Institute has escalated concerns over the impact of the fuel crisis on the profession and patient care, by urging the prime minister to introduce protected fuel supplies for health and care workers in the community. In a letter to Boris Johnson today,…

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Charity nurse director flags ‘decline’ in people accessing needle exchange

The nursing director of a charity that provides drug and alcohol support has raised concern about a fall in people accessing its needle exchange services since the coronavirus pandemic. Stacey Smith, director of nursing at Humankind, said the organisation wanted to address the decline and…

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Risk of stroke increases with rise in insulin resistance, study suggests

Insulin resistance, a key feature of type 2 diabetes, is associated with a higher risk of stroke, according to researchers from Sweden. Their study of more than 100,000 people with type 2 diabetes found that the higher the insulin resistance, the greater the risk of…

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Women with diabetes ‘less likely’ to receive CVD prevention than men

Women with diabetes are less likely to receive comprehensive cardiovascular prevention than men, according to findings from an international study. It found women with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD), or at high risk of developing CVD, are less likely to reach recommended treatment…

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Millions of diabetes diagnostic tests missed or delayed by lockdown

Lockdown has left more than a million patients with diabetes in the UK without access to the routine blood testing they need properly to manage their condition, warn researchers. Study authors highlighted that the Covid-19 pandemic had brought unprecedented disruptions to many routine services, including…

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Elective care services told to ‘remove’ some Covid-19 IPC measures

New guidance suggests some enhanced infection prevention and control measures that were introduced in the wake of Covid-19 within elective care services can now start to be removed. But the latest guidelines state that staff working in areas where Covid-19 control measures are relaxed should…

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Wales expands mesothelioma care with new clinical nurse specialist

A new clinical nurse specialist has been appointed to support asbestos-related cancer patients in Wales, as part of a move to expand and enhance the country’s nursing offer in this area. Sam Williams has joined national charity Mesothelioma UK to become its second clinical nurse…

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Calls for nurses to be prioritised for fuel in interest of patient safety

Nurses are being forced to consider which patients must be seen as a priority against those they must cancel amid the ongoing fuel shortage, Nursing Times has been told. Calls have been made across the profession and from those representing them to ensure nurses and…

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Practice nurses speak about pressures amid concerns over ‘anti-GP rhetoric’

Unfair criticism levelled against primary care during the coronavirus pandemic has left overworked practice nurses and their colleagues feeling demoralised, Nursing Times has been told. The British Medical Association has this week hit out against “anti-GP rhetoric” from certain sections of the media and the…

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Leaders react to loss of separate care and mental health ministers

The remerging of the mental health and social care portfolios under one minister has received a mixed response from leaders in those fields. While some welcomed the move as an opportunity for greater integration between the two sectors, others felt the challenges facing both areas…

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Work starts on national NHS uniform for England after nurses back plans

Nurses have given the green light to plans for a national NHS uniform for England, with improved professional identity and patient safety cited as reasons for making for the move. NHS Supply Chain has today released the final results of its consultation with NHS staff…

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NMC reveals proposals for pre-registration education post-Brexit

Proposals to “modernise” pre-registration education standards for nursing students following the UK’s exit from the European Union are to be discussed by the nursing regulator’s governing council. The Nursing and Midwifery Council will put forward a range of changes, including the possibility of doubling the…

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Northern Ireland issues urgent workforce appeal and nurse retention scheme

Northern Ireland’s health minister has escalated his response to ongoing service pressures by launching a new workforce appeal and calling on the country’s chief nursing officer to lead a nursing and midwifery retention project. Robin Swann has today appealed to health and care staff who…

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Coventry University launches new nursing school in London

A new school of nursing is set to open its doors in London this autumn under a partnership between a university and several health and care organisations. The new school, based in Vauxhall and launched by the Coventry University Group, will offer a range of…

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UK government refutes Kenyan nurse pay claims

Ministers have reassured that Kenyan nurses coming to work in the UK under a new NHS scheme will see their salaries paid to them “directly” and will not be required to give a percentage to their native government. The news follows concerns raised around a…

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Nurse leader warns of ‘huge pressure’ on Welsh health services

The latest surge of Covid-19 coupled with other hospital admissions and nurse shortages mean health services in Wales are heading for a “perfect storm” this winter, a nursing leader has warned. Associate director of nursing at the Royal College of Nursing in Wales, Nicky Hughes,…

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New international guidelines on nurse prescribing launched

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has today published new guidelines to support the expansion of nurse prescribing around the world. The new document aims to “promote a level of consistency” around nurse prescribing and outlines the critical elements required for nurses to prescribe safely…

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Inquiry to investigate human rights concerns in care settings

An investigation has been launched into concerns over the human rights of residents and their families in care settings across England. It follows a wave of concerns born during the outbreak of Covid-19, including blanket bans on visiting and the detention of people with learning…

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Claims Kenyan government will receive cut of nurses’ wages under NHS scheme

Concerns have been raised around the UK government’s agreement with Kenya to provide unemployed nurses in the African country with jobs in the NHS. It follows reports that suggested the Kenyan government would receive a cut of these nurses’ wages if they came to work…

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Morecambe Bay trust announces appointment of new chief nurse

A new chief nurse has been appointed for University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) and she says she is “committed” to helping the organisation to improve. Bridget Lees will join the trust, which serves patients across south Cumbria and north Lancashire, in…

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CNO backs new safe nurse staffing tool for emergency departments

A safe nurse staffing tool has been launched to support NHS emergency departments in England in the hope of improving patient outcomes and the working environment for staff. The Emergency Department Safer Nursing Care Tool has been backed by the chief nursing officer for England,…

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Trust closes year of the nurse celebrations with cathedral service

A hospital trust has signed off its extended International Year of the Nurse and Midwife commemorations with a special event at Manchester Cathedral. More than 300 nurses and midwives took part in the ceremony on Thursday, 16 September organised by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust…

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Study warns of ‘inequitable’ end-of-life care for minority groups during Covid-19

National policies introduced in the wake of Covid-19 may have negatively affected people from minority ethnic backgrounds at the end of life more so than others, new research has found. The study, led by King’s College London, gathered information from 277 palliative care services across…

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Unison to launch industrial action ballot after members oppose 3% NHS pay deal

The union Unison is set to launch an indicative ballot to gauge how many of its health members want to take industrial action over pay, after an “overwhelming majority” voted against the government’s 3% deal in England. The news comes less than a week after…

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Covid-19 surge in Northern Ireland leaving nurses ‘fearful and exhausted’

Northern Ireland’s health minister has requested military assistance to support its struggling and under-pressure health and care services, as nurses warn they are working amid the “worst conditions they have ever had to face”. A stark message from Robin Swann stressed services in the country…

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Chief nursing information officer helps launch new digital safety strategy

A new and first-of-its-kind NHS strategy has been launched to ensure technologies used in health and care are safe and to help promote their use in improving patient safety. As part of this, a commitment has been made to expand access to digital clinical safety…

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Fix nurse shortages to protect patient safety, government urged

Ministers have been urged to take action this World Patient Safety Day to tackle nurse shortages and ensure there are enough staff on shifts to “care properly and safely” for their patients. The Royal College of Nursing has today stressed that the annual awareness day,…

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A&E patient survey: ‘Encouraging’ results but warning of rising pressures

The experience of patients attending urgent and emergency services in England has improved, according to the results of a national survey which highlighted the high levels of trust and confidence patients have in the nurses treating them. However, findings also suggested that there has been…

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Bullying and inadequate leadership found at flagship nursing trust

A hospital trust that has recently received an international stamp of approval for nursing has now been warned by inspectors to make urgent improvements. During a recent visit, the Care Quality Commission found evidence of bullying and racial discrimination at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.…

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Three directors of nursing seconded to work alongside England’s CNO

The chief nursing officer for England has appointed three new executive nurse fellows to join her national team to help form national policy, strategy and priorities in nursing and midwifery. Directors of nursing Professor Nina Morgan, Cathy Winfield and Bridget Lees have been seconded to…

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RCN members brand 3% pay deal ‘unacceptable’, consultation reveals

A large majority of Royal College of Nursing members in England and Wales have branded the government’s latest pay award “unacceptable”, the results of a consultation have revealed. Almost 92% of members who voted in England were against the 3% pay award for NHS staff…

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Nursing shortages drive children’s mental health service to ‘inadequate’ CQC rating

A mental health service for children and adolescents in Essex has been banned from admitting any new patients without permission from the Care Quality Commission, after inspectors flagged several concerns about nurse staffing levels. A recent inspection of child and adolescent mental health wards at…

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New partnership for Priory mental health nurse apprenticeship scheme

More than 30 healthcare assistants who work for the Priory Group are set to begin apprenticeships this month to becoming registered mental health nurses, under a new education partnership. The apprenticeships are the result of what is being described as a “unique” partnership between the…

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Survey: Concern A&E nurses are ‘putting work before own wellbeing’

More than half of nurses working in urgent and emergency care are putting the demands of their work above their own wellbeing needs, a new study has shown. An 18-month long study tracked the data of 10,000 frontline emergency staff across the UK and highlights…

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Fresh concerns over mental health and wellbeing of care workforce

More than two thirds of care workers say their mental health has declined and they have not been offered professional support during the pandemic, a new survey from Unison has revealed. Concerningly, 85% of those who had experienced mental health deterioration since the start of…

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Winter plan: ‘Highly likely’ Covid-19 jabs will be mandatory for nurses

It is “highly likely” that patient-facing NHS and social care staff will be required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to the health secretary, the strongest indication yet that it will become law. His latest comments on the controversial move, currently being consulted on,…

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All ‘frontline’ health and care staff to be offered Covid-19 booster jab

All “frontline” health and social care workers are to be offered a booster Covid-19 vaccine, alongside adults aged 50 and above and other vulnerable groups. The government has today confirmed that is has accepted the latest advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation…

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Grants available for nurse-led community projects in Scotland

Funding applications are now open for projects led by community nurses that are designed to reduce health inequalities in Scotland. The Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS), in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund, has announced the opening of applications for the latest Catalysts for…

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Specialist othopaedic trust prepares for first cohort of nursing associates

Nurse leaders at a specialist hospital trust in Shropshire says it is looking forward to training its first cohort of nursing associates – a role it describes as “vital to developing the next generation” of the future workforce. The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic…

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Government to roll out one dose of Covid-19 jab for healthy 12 to 15s

A schools-based vaccination programme is to be launched for vaccinating healthy 12- to 15-year-olds against Covid-19 in England, the government has announced. Those in this age group are to be offered one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine and invitations are to begin next week.…

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Covid-19 winter plan must account for ‘intense pressure’ on nurses

The government has been urged to signal its support for nurses and “send the right message” to the profession when it unveils its Covid-19 winter plans on Tuesday. The Royal College of Nursing has urged the prime minister to consider, and be mindful of, the…

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Disappointment as Javid fails to meet nurses to discuss pay concerns

The health and social care secretary has been accused of not “bothering” to turn up to meet nurses and members of the public to discuss their concerns about the latest pay deal for the profession. In August, grassroots network Nurses United, had written to Sajid…

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Chief medical officers advise one Covid-19 jab for healthy 12 to 15s

Healthy children aged 12 to 15 should be offered one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to the UK’s four chief medical officers (CMOs) who have cited the benefits of “reducing educational disruption”. The UK’s health ministers said they were now considering the advice presented…

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Government urged to ‘invest quickly’ in burnt out NHS workforce

Urgent action must be taken to “safeguard” the NHS and its workforce, a leading union has called, as fresh concerns are raised around the impact of the pandemic on staff shortages and wellbeing. The Royal College of Midwives has claimed that years of underinvestment in…

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Nurse pioneer leaves trust after more than 20 years for cancer lead role

A senior nurse, who established what is believed to be the first Macmillan acute oncology service, is moving on from her trust of 24 years to take up the position of lead cancer nurse at a neighbouring organisation. Vicki Havercroft Dixon, head of patient and…

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Concerns raised as nurses who refuse Covid-19 jab redeployed

The Royal College of Nursing has written to a hospital trust in the South of England to express a range of concerns about its decision to redeploy nurses who declined the Covid-19 vaccine to non-patient facing roles. University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust has this…

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Warning as nurse and midwife vacancy rate breaks record in Scotland

Nursing and midwifery vacancies have been at a record high in Scotland since March, with over 4,800 posts unfilled, unions have warned in response to latest workforce figures. Latest NHS Scotland workforce statistics, published this week, show that 4,845 whole-time equivalent (WTE) nursing and midwifery…

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Ministers pledge £10m to support long Covid care in Scotland

The Scottish Government has announced a new £10m long Covid support fund to provide health boards in the country with the “flexibility” needed to deliver the best care for those with the complex condition. The funding was confirmed this week by Scotland’s health secretary, Humza…

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