Chris Carter

British nurses Captains Lindsay Baigent and Anne Stavelyon treating a patient

Defence nurses share lessons from war

Armistice Day is a chance to reflect on how the history of nursing in war is passed on


An elective in Zambia for military nursing students

Defence nurses often work internationally so must understand the global challenges to healthcare delivery. Major Chris Carter discusses the benefits of taking a group of military nursing students on a three-week elective scholarship to Zambia.

Septic shock

Sepsis: getting it right every time

The crucial facts on World Sepsis Day

Opportunity to make a difference

Clinical electives in developing countries can improve health through education, organisational support, advocacy, delivery of health services, and support to peers who are often working under great pressure.

Nurse education in the British armed forces

Defence nurses form the largest registered specialty in the UK defence medical services. Once qualified, defence nurses maintain and develop their nursing and clinical skills in appropriate healthcare settings, and can be deployed in operational environments such as Afghanistan. Workforce planning and staffing establishment levels are defined to meet the needs of British armed forces, allies and, potentially, local populations. Since the workforce is geographically dispersed, deployed or undertaking non-clinical duties, there are constraints on nurses’ attempts to maintain basic skills and access continuing professional development. This article explores the concept and the developing role of defence nurse lecturers in improving educational support for defence nurses.

Chest drainage

As an intensive care nurse with experience of caring for critically ill patients in the UK and on deployed operations overseas, I found the CPD article useful in reviewing the pathophysiology of a pneumothorax, use of intrapleural chest drains, observations that should be recorded, and nursing care and management of a patient with an intrapleural chest drain. Reflecting on the time out activities in the CPD article was valuable.

Managing a major incident in the critical care unit

This article analyses recent major incidents using a standardised structured approach and is relevant to nurses working in the critical care unit. Information on responding to a major incident is provided, and the need to support staff after an incident, especially critical care personnel, is discussed. The main themes associated with assisting critical care nurses in preparing to deal with a broad range of situations which they may be required to respond to is described and an overview of major incident training for nurses is provided.