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Every week we take an in-depth look at topical news stories that affect nurses.
Nursing Standard survey reveals lack of confidence in new NHS
When the coalition government came to power in May 2010, it guaranteed that health spending would increase in real terms while it is in power.
Men tend to bottle it all up, but are services doing enough to help?
Every year thousands of men die prematurely - many needlessly. The deaths are 'needless' because the men fail to heed warning signs of physical or mental health problems, or because staff fail to spot that they are at risk.
‘So listen to us, hear us goddamn roar’
Second-year nursing student Molly Case penned her poem Nursing the Nation after she and fellow students became demoralised by the barrage of media criticism about the profession.
A new way of delivering tailored care or just more bureaucracy?
Hazel Griffiths gave up her nursing career to look after her son, who requires round-the-clock care because of his autism. Leaving her job as an emergency nurse means that money is tight for Ms Griffiths and her 28-year-old son, but she does not regret her decision.
‘Cultural barometer’ will help point managers in the right direction
A group of leading nurses has been charged with implementing the chief nursing officer for England's three-year strategy to transform nursing care.
Can the RCN afford to stay with the International Council of Nurses?
When RCN members gather at congress in Liverpool next week, they will be asked to take part in a vote that could spell the end of the RCN's membership of the International Council of Nurses (ICN).
‘If we want caring nurses we must ensure time for good mentoring’
Nurse education and training featured prominently in the government's response to the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust inquiry.
Can cash-strapped health boards afford to ignore safe staffing levels?
Former health minister for Wales Lesley Griffiths announced last month that an acuity tool, allowing sisters and charge nurses to determine safe staffing levels on their wards, would be available by next year. But critics say this is not enough to address the increasing problem of undignified care caused by ongoing cost-cutting.
Innovation institute leaves legacy of a more efficient health service
Prime minister David Cameron set out a five-point plan to improve the quality of patient care this time last year. It included an aim for all NHS trusts in England to roll out the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement's productive ward programme by next month.
Improvement model adopted internationally
The NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement has exported the 'productive ward: releasing time to care' programme to countries around the world, including the Netherlands, Canada, Australia and the United States.