Foundation of Nursing Studies | June 2019| Celebrate Me Capturing the voices of learning disability nurses and people who use services
Celebrate Me Capturing the voices of learning disability nurses and people who use services celebrates the impact of learning disability (LD) nursing and what the Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS) should be championing for the future (to sustain LD nursing). The report includes engagement activities and more details via words and graphic art, representing what people shared and contributed.
The Queen’s Nursing Institute | May 2019 | Outstanding Models of District Nursing Report
Outstanding Models of District Nursing Report is a new report from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI), it calls for urgent investment in District Nursing, as new figures show the number of District Nurses working in the NHS has dropped by almost 43 percent in England alone in the last decade.
The report presents a blueprint for the District Nursing service, it calls for a commitment to investment and training to meet the challenges caused by simultaneous rising patient demand and falling numbers of these highly-qualified staff.
The NHS Long Term Plan has identified the District Nursing service, which provides vital care for people in their own homes and in the community, as a key part of this strategy.
The Health Foundation | April 2019 | How do you make nursing a more attractive profession?
Professor Linda Aiken from the University of Pennyslvania recently spoke about how the US has tackled its nursing shortage over the last few decades, allowing nurses to provide the highest quality care while delivering better nurse satisfaction and retention. Her pioneering research has created an evidence base showing the importance of improving nurse work environments.
Professor Aiken outlines how a nursing shortage was addressed
by improving staffing levels so that nurses had more time to spend with each patient
giving nurses more autonomy in their practice
more involvement in hospital decision making.
rewarding nurses with higher education and created opportunities for career progression.
All those things together, plus increasing demand for nurses which drove up salary levels, helped to make nursing a career to aspire to (Source: The Health Foundation).
NHS Confederation | April 2019 | How the new nursing associate role will break new ground
In a recent post on NHS Confederation’s blog the chief executive of NHS Employers explains how the new role of nursing associate will complement the NHS Long Term Plan’s workforce strategy.
The nursing associate role is a regulated part of the workforce which has been developed to bridge the gap between health and care support workers and registered nurses.
This role is intended to complement registered nurses, enabling them to work to their full scope of practice, as well as offer new routes into registered nursing roles.
Although the role is still gathering pace, it has received significant employer interest since its inception in 2015. The number of trainee nursing associates is increasing, and the government has set a target to see 7,500 trainee nursing associate places this year.
When considered as part of a forward-thinking workforce strategy, the nursing associate role offers an opportunity for employers to make the most of current and emerging talent as part of our teams.
NHS Employers | April 2019 | Nursing survey infographic – what do nurses want?
A new infographic from NHS Employers focuses on what matters most to nurses and student nurses when it comes to recruitment and retention.
Image source: nhsemployers.org
For each of the factors raised by the nurses surveyed, NHS Employers have signposted to some of most relevant resources, to assist employers in considering their approach to each area (Source: NHS England).
The findings are based on data collected at the 2018 Nursing Times Careers Live events.
Public Health England | April 2019 | National Child Measurement Programme: conversation framework
Public Health England has released National Child Measurement Programme: conversation framework- which is guidance for school nurses, their teams and other professionals running the National Child Measurement Programme when talking to parents about the programme (Source: PHE).