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England deputy CNO to become new RCN director for Scotland

The Royal College of Nursing has announced the appointment of Susan Aitkenhead as its new director for Scotland. Ms Aitkenhead will join the RCN next month from her current role as deputy chief nursing officer for England. A registered nurse for 33 years, she trained…

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Nurse’s cardiac arrest inspires community’s quest for defibrillators

A nurse who survived a cardiac arrest thanks to her paramedic husband’s quick-thinking intervention has inspired a community’s quest for extra defibrillators. Cerys Wilkins (above, left), 48, collapsed without warning at her home in Pentrebach, South Wales, in October. “I’ve been overwhelmed by the community’s…

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Nurses faced with ‘rotten and insect-ridden’ PPE during first wave

A former director of nursing at a London hospital has spoken out about how she received “rotten” and insect-ridden personal protective equipment (PPE) during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Dr Emily McWhirter, a senior nurse and member of the Royal College of Nursing,…

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Shropshire maternity crisis: Mothers ‘not listened to and blamed for their loss’

Maternity staff blamed mothers for the deaths of their babies and failed to treat patients with kindness and compassion at a Shropshire hospital trust, a review has found. Today marks the publication of the first report from the Independent Review of Maternity Services at the…

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Welsh Government reveals student nurse rise in three specialties

The Welsh Government has announced additional student nurse places for adult, children and mental health nursing – but has so far failed to confirm a rise in numbers for learning disabilities. “We have continued to invest in the education and training of healthcare professionals in…

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Tributes to Bristol nurse and mentor following death with Covid-19

A “much-loved” accident and emergency nurse, who had been looked up to as a mentor by nursing colleagues at his trust, has died with Covid-19. Rob Healey had worked for North Bristol NHS Trust for 20 years and was described by colleagues as a “true…

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‘This year has demonstrated that social care nursing has much to offer’

The creation of the role of chief nurse for adult social care in September was a landmark moment, which recognised the importance of the nurses and care workforce across the service. I’m honoured to be appointed on an interim basis as the first holder of…

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Surviving clinical placement during the pandemic

Practice placement for mental health nursing students can be a daunting and potentially anxiety-provoking time, especially following the recent global pandemic. A lot of the recent literature reviewing the experiences of nursing students in practice during the pandemic, talks about inadequate preparation being a significant…

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Betsi Cadwaladr artwork a ‘superb tribute’ to nurses in Wales

A pop art collage of Welsh nursing icon Betsi Cadwaladr made up of the faces of current-day nurse leaders in the country has gone on display to mark 2020 being the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. The work has been created by Welsh…

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New campaign highlights nurse role in joining up dementia services

A new campaign by Dementia UK is calling for a fresh approach to dementia care that has specialist nurses “at the heart”. Only Together has been launched off the back of new research carried out by the charity showing that families affected by dementia are…

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