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As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the NHS, many challenges remain

Happy International Nurses Day to all my colleagues across Scotland, the UK and, indeed, across the world. We are one community, regardless of which part of the world or in which specialty we work....

Supporting international recruits

Having recently joined the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in my new role, I am confident that all the discussions that are central to our professional agenda are happening at the Council table.

We have the tools to raise our game

NHS England recognises the benefits of such systems as stated in its 2019 publication (NHS Improvement, 2019), namely that these programmes:.

Staff preparedness is key to successful change in the NHS

The nation should not be experiencing the current NHS crisis, which is surely down to a failure of successive government healthcare initiatives. The changes introduced by consecutive UK governments...

Should tiredness be a trigger for action?

‘In other industries the management of rest is closely monitored. The health sector, which should be setting safety standards for others, appears to be at odds with that approach’ .

Developing the next generation

Since the 1970s, the EU Directive has underpinned our education programme standards. The UK's departure from the EU presented the opportunity to set all the standards ourselves. We gathered initial...

Men in nursing: smoke and mirrors

The disparity in the number of nurses in the UK who identify as men compared with women is acknowledged within the profession. However, research has focused on identifying that there is a gender...

When nurses break the rules in a patient's best interests

Nurses entering the nursing profession pledge to do everything in their capacity to ensure that the care they deliver is in the best interest of their patients. However, nurses inevitably encounter...

Autistic nurses: do they exist?

Autism spectrum disorder (ADO) has probably existed for hundreds of years but didn't get its name until the middle of the 19th century (Wolff, 2004). According to mental health literature, autism is a...

More of a good thing?

‘An artificial representation of a real-world practice scenario that supports student development and assessment through experiential learning with the opportunity for repetition, feedback,...

Nursing strikes: read between the picket lines

‘NHS providers are expected to support and deliver the NHS Long Term Plan, to invest in their workforce and support the wellbeing of staff, yet in practice this is hard to achieve with chronic...

Considering changes to education

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is legally required to set standards of proficiency, education and training for nursing and midwifery professionals seeking to join the register

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