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  1. News Article
    Nurses are being drafted in to an NHS hospital to help support the maternity unit due to dozens of midwife vacancies. According to the Royal College of Midwives, they were worried the staff shortages were becoming more widespread as the NHS are becoming more desperate to fill the vacancies, however, the College has warned against using registered nurses instead of midwives as it could have an impact on the care of women and babies. Amid staff shortages at Basildon Hospital, there is now an active consideration to move planned caesarean sections to Southend Hospital, part of the Mid
  2. News Article
    The Royal College of Nursing has demanded the health secretary is made fully accountable for the planning and supply of nursing staff in England. As the Health and Care Bill passes through parliament, the RCN insists key changes need to be made to Bill to enable the workforce crisis to be appropriately addressed, including ensuring that the commissioning of services is done in partnership with local communities and ensuring that the voices of experts such as royal colleges are part of the regulation of the profession. Read full story. Source: RCN, 17 July 2021
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    All healthcare workers, from nurses to pharmacists, housekeepers to consultants, should be kept safe as they carry out their essential duties in caring for others. Not only is their physical safety important, but their psychological wellbeing is paramount too. Healthcare workers should be kept safe from all forms of physical occupational hazard, including infectious agents, chemical hazards, workplace violence and ergonomic problems.[1] Specific measures have been put in place to protect the occupational health and safety of health workers, and there are consequential duties, rights and r
  4. News Article
    A new study has found nursing shortages may have negatively impacted patient safety, including unsafe practice management workarounds and cognitive failures. Research has found cutting corners when understaffed may have been the only way to get the work done quicker due to the added strain and heavier workload and in another study, it was discovered nurse staffing demand increased to 245 percent between September and December 2020. It was also reported that nurses who had little or no experience of working in the ICU environment were assigned to work there which may have led to high
  5. News Article
    The RCN council has agreed to support the principles behind a petition, started by RCN Professional Nursing Committee member Alison Leary, calling for the title of 'nurse' to be protected and reserved for those who are registered. Whilst the term 'registered nurse' is protected in law, the term 'nurse' is not, meaning anyone can call themselves a nurse, regardless of whether they have the appropriate qualifications or not. The RCN believes the title should be protected in order to help protect the public and ensure accountability. Read full story. Source: RCN, 12 July 2021
  6. News Article
    Over 60 demonstrations took place on 3 July 2021 to protest over pay. Figures have suggested that a band 5 nurse takes home around £5,000 less per year than they did a couple years ago due to austerity measures and a public sector pay cap. The protest as arranged by groups Keep Our NHS Public, Health Campaigns Together, NHS Workers Say No and NHS Staff Voices with a separate demonstration by Nurses United UK have raised concerns for patient safety, arguing that the pay issue has a direct impact on recruitment and retention of nurses. Read full story. Source: Nursing Notes
  7. Content Article
    Aims of this article To recognise the reasons why medicines-related harm remains an issue To refresh your knowledge of the aims of medicines optimisation To identify potential strategies that you could use in your area of practice to reduce the risk of medicines-related harm Key points Most adverse drug reactions are due to known side effects, and are predictable, dose-dependent and potentially preventable The shift from medicines management to the patient-focused outcomes of medicines optimisation means increased engagement in pharmacotherapeutics for all healt
  8. News Article
    The Royal College of Nursing has updated their Healthy Workplace toolkit to include the need for nurses to stay hydrated during their shifts and to take their at-work breaks. The toolkit was designed to improve health and wellbeing for nurses working in all areas of healthcare. It also includes pandemic-specific advice and an aim to improve working environments for nursing staff. Read full story. Source: Royal College of Nursing, 21 June 2021
  9. News Article
    A new report by the Royal College of Nursing shows the number of learning disability nurses working in NHS Hospitals, NHS hospital and community services in England has risen by only 22 in three years. Worryingly, there is estimated to be only 17,000 learning disability specialist nurses on the NMC register in the UK. The Royal College of Nursing is urging the government to address the shortage of specialist nurses for learning disabilities. Read full story. Source: Royal College of Nursing, 22 June 2021
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    Needlestick injuries account for 17% of accidents to NHS staff and are the second most common cause of injury, behind moving and handling (nhsemployers.org). The major risk of needlestick injuries is that they can transmit infectious diseases to healthcare workers, especially blood-borne viruses. Many occupational exposure incidents could have been avoided by adopting precautions and by disposing of clinical waste appropriately (nhsemployers.org). Needlestick injuries are wounds caused by needles that accidentally puncture the skin (ccohs.ca). When penetrating the skin, this is called a p
  11. News Article
    The government is being urged to make the term 'nurse' a protected legal title as it has now been found people are calling themselves a nurse despite not being registered or qualified. Recently it has emerged that even in the NHS, unregistered staff have been using the term 'nurse', meaning patients cannot be sure the person treating them is qualified raising concerns for patient safety. Currently, only the term 'registered nurse' is a protected legal title. Read full story. Source: The Independent, 21 June 2021
  12. News Article
    New research shows a rise in sharps injuries among healthcare workers around Europe over the last year. Respondents of the research said the rise in sharps injuries may be due to staff shortages and higher pressures and stress on healthcare staff. The survey, which covered more than 300,000 healthcare workers, found workers were being put at unnecessary risk of contracting deadly diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C, with nurses being the ones primarily affected by the sharps injuries. The article concludes that more interventions need to be done to protect healthc
  13. Content Article
    The standards are grouped into three themes. They are: Responsibility and accountability – outlining where the responsibility and accountability lie within an organisation for setting, reviewing, and taking decisions and action on staffing levels and skill mix. Clinical leadership and safety – outlining the needs of nurse leaders with professional responsibility for teams, their role in workforce planning and the professional development of staff. Health, safety and wellbeing – outlining what’s needed to support nursing staff to provide the highest quality of care, including
  14. News Article
    Almost a fifth of nurses who left the profession cited a negative workplace culture as a reason for leaving along with almost a quarter saying they were under too much pressure. The nursing regulator, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) warned there could be an exodus of registered nurses after the coronavirus pandemic in its latest annual report. Despite a record number of nurses and midwives joining the profession across the UK, the NMC said pressure on frontline nurses could drive many away. In a survey of 5,639 nurses who left the register between July 2019 and June 2020
  15. News Article
    New research examining the effect of minimum nurse-to-patient ratios has found it reduces the risks of those in care dying by up to 11%. The study, published in The Lancet, also said fewer patients were readmitted and they had shorter stays in hospital. It compared 400,000 patients and 17,000 nurses working in 27 hospitals in Queensland, Australia to 28 other hospitals. The state has a policy of just one nurse to every four patients during the day and one to seven at night, in a bid to improve safety and standards of care. The research said savings made from patients having a s
  16. Event
    We have known for several years that nurses are at higher risk of suicide than the general population and that nurses have more job-related problems recorded prior to death by suicide. What we have now learned about those job-related problems is troublesome at best with implications for risk managers, hospital executives, and all leaders in healthcare. The panel in the Patient Safety Association webinar will describe the issues and implications for advocacy and policy change necessary to right the wrongs leading to death by suicide amongst nurses through personal testimony and review of recent
  17. News Article
    A nurse accused of murdering eight babies in an alleged year-long killing spree at an NHS hospital has appeared in court. Lucy Letby, aged 31, appeared at Manchester Crown Court via videolink from HMP Peterborough on Monday morning. She has been charged the murder of five boys and three girls at the neonatal unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital. The babies all died between June 2015 and June 2016. Read full story Source: The Independent, 10 May 2021
  18. News Article
    New standards for the safe working of nurses across hospital wards, care homes and in the community have been set out by the Royal College of Nursing, for the first time in its 100 year history. In a bid to underline the safety-critical nature of expert nurses in healthcare, the RCN hopes the minimum standards will be used to force improvements in safe staffing levels and the treatment of nurses across the country by NHS trusts and other employers. It comes as a new poll finds a majority of adults believe there are not enough nurses to provide safe care. There are 50,000 nursing vaca
  19. News Article
    A nurse says the effects of "long Covid" mean she is "not the same person any more". Lynne Wakefield from Holyhead is still suffering with fatigue and "brain fog" after contracting Covid in June 2020. She said her employer had been "very good" supporting her, but other NHS staff told BBC Wales they felt pressurised to go back to work. The NHS Confederation said there was a package of support for staff affected by "longer term effects of Covid". A recent survey suggested about 56,000 people in Wales have symptoms of long Covid, which include fatigue, headaches and coughing.