Nursing General

Nurse Bullying

Nurse Bullying in the UK

Bullying does not only occur among children and teenagers. Bullying in the workplace, especially nurse bullying in the UK, is actually real. Targeting and bullying among nurses has even given rise to the expression “nurses eat their young”. A Few Nurse Bulling Statistics 85% of nurses have experienced some kind of verbal abuse from their colleagues. Those more likely to suffer nurse bullying includes those who have received a promotion or special attention. It has been identified that nurse bullying usually happens between a senior nurse and her subordinate. What is supposed to be a mentoring relationship becomes a tormented […]
Nursing Bedside Manners

Improve your Nursing Bedside Manners

It isn’t unusual to discover that some nurses lack nursing bedside manners, but can this set of skills be taught or learned? Nursing bedside manners are an essential trait to have, for a nurse. Your manner will help you to establish rapport with your patient and also help you deliver empathetic care. By developing your nursing bedside manner you can transform and improve your nurse-patient relationships. Lets discuss what is often promoted by the NMC and RCN as ‘person centred care’ and ‘what makes a good nurse‘.   Nursing Bedside Manners   Be Observant and Always Ensure your Patient’s Privacy Much […]
Nursing Degree

Benefits of Earning a Nursing Degree

There are hundreds of careers to choose from, but there is only a few that focus entirely on the well being of others. A career in nursing secured with a nursing degree will cement your healthcare focus. In the nursing industry, there are many different rewarding career paths you can choose from and in this industry. There is no shortage of opportunities for rewarding and meaningful employment for qualified carers. Among the different healthcare careers, nursing is one of the most versatile. Most nurses would say that no day is ever the same, enabling constant learning and progression. A nursing […]
avoid nursing burnout

Avoid Nursing Burnout For UK Nurses

With the current healthcare work climate in the UK, it isn’t surprising to hear about nursing burnout more often. Working as a nurse is a demanding job that requires constant focus. It is highly challenging taking care of sick and vulnerable people and understaffing doesn’t help ease the stress. It is very important to ensure you avoid nursing burnout. I remember one particular shift I had within a gastro ward of 28 patients. There was only myself and the Nurse Manager working that shift. It was overwhelming and in spite of the fact that the Matron on duty sent us […]
Nurse Whistleblowing Guidelines

Nurse Whistleblowing Guidelines

If you ever suspect or see a nurse colleague make a grievous mistake whilst on shift, it is your duty as a nurse to report him or her through whistleblowing. But where do you start? The process is daunting and made more stressful with the thought of exposing your colleague or employer. Nonetheless, as nurses, we have sworn an oath to protect our patients so being silent is really not an option. It is our duty to advocate our patient’s rights especially when they have been aggrieved. Here are some nurse whistleblowing guidelines to best guide you through this process.   Whistleblowing Process Make […]
Nursing Essentials

Top 7 Nursing Essentials

Every job has its only unique requirements and there are certain things without which, you would not be able to carry out your role to the best of your ability. Nursing is no different – there are nursing essentials that make the job just that much easier, and make nurses more comfortable during a long, tenuous shift. Something as mundane as your choice of shoes can affect your level of comfort and influence work outcomes. Read on to the essential items that every nurse must have… Nursing Essentials No 1 – Compression Stockings Definitely a must have especially when nurses are standing […]

Whistleblowing – A Nurses Perspective

Whistleblowing in the healthcare sector is such a controversial issue and for good reason. Not only does it affect the person you are reporting, but it also affects yourself, the one who is reporting. Some nurses hold their silence due to fear of retaliation and being ostracised. However, this should not stop us from telling the truth and facing up to our responsibility as a nurse. What Nursing truly means One definition of nursing that really stands out amongst others is that: “Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimisation of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury and advocacy in the […]
Nursing Volunteer Work

Protect Yourself – Nursing Volunteer Work

Many organisations rely heavily on the generosity of volunteer nurses to carry out their missions. Volunteers offer much needed health care services across the world including the UK. The government has made provisions for the exemption of volunteers from being sued in cases of accident and negligence. However, there is still confusion regarding the scope of practice and liability of nurse volunteers. It is for this reason that nurses should educate themselves on the potential ramifications of nursing volunteer work. Below are some important points to consider before offering your services pro bono: Criminal Record Check – DBS If you are a […]
Healthy Nurse

Promote a Healthy Lifestyle: Be a Healthy Nurse

It is not a secret in the care profession that nurses often don’t have the best lifestyle choices and practices. It’s difficult to be a healthy nurse! Our job demands dedication and makes it hard for us to drink when we’re thirsty, eat regularly and even go to the toilet when we need to. The erratic schedules and shifts from day to night adjusts our body clocks. We develop different coping mechanisms to deal with the psychological and physical stress. These mechanisms often include relying on energy drinks or coffee, smoking or in extreme circumstances, even drug use. Things often get […]
Nursing shifts

Choose the Best Nursing Shifts

Being able to do agency work and take on extra nursing shifts is great. Earning extra money to add to your savings or put towards your next holiday is always a bonus. With the recent nursing shortages across the country, agency nurses are high in demand. However, as an agency nurse you aren’t always able to accept every nursing shift offered to you, and you shouldn’t. You need to choose the right nursing shifts for you dependent on specific criteria. Here are some of the main points to consider when offered your nursing shifts: Location As an agency nurse there is a potential that […]