Jane Bates

Illustration showing two nursing team members in uniform standing pointing at a huge shift roster, as if discussing filling or swapping shifts

Unsocial shifts and rotas: what’s your breaking point?

Nurses are flexible but there has to be give and take if the NHS is to boost retention

A nurse stands in front of a line of other nurses, looking happy and confident. Yet nurses often downplay their role

Our professional inferiority complex: why you’re never ‘just’ a nurse

Safety-critical care is what we do, yet some of us can’t resist the urge to downplay

Car park pay machine and pay-and-display signs in a hospital car park – hospital nurses face charges and fines for parking at work

Hospital car parking: who exactly is making a profit from all those charges and fines?

Using staff as cash cows if they drive to work shows how far goodwill has fallen in the NHS

Nurse sneezing

Feeling unwell? Damned if you don’t work, damned if you do

Guilt may send you to work when ill – but at the heart of the problem is staff shortages

Bullying in the NHS: more than just a few bad apples

System-wide change is needed so nurses can be confident reports will be dealt with

Flu jab

Flu jab uptake: why emotional blackmail and the promise of a lollipop didn’t sway me

Staff need to know they won’t feel pressure to keep working if they develop side effects

Imposter syndrome: why do nurses get stuck in its grip?

Self-doubt can grow under pressure, especially when there’s a lack of professional support

Staff reinforcements would be a valuable shot in the arm for routine vaccination uptake

Drafting in nursing students and retired nurses would boost access to appointments

Older nurses: do the demands of the job justify more support?

Why it’s worth considering the physical, mental and – for some – tech challenges they face

U-turn ahead: how the progress of the nursing associate role has quashed my inner cynic

An affordable path into nursing that gives students vital experience is hard not to like

Nurses’ uniforms have come a long way – and thank goodness for that

Smart scrubs make perfect sense for a professional that needs a no-frills approach

Australia calling: the irony of the recruitment drive to lure NHS nurses

UK not only hires overseas nurses to cover shortages, but ignores the pleas of its staff

Why leaders who are kind and loyal will bring out the best in their team

Compassion does not begin and end with patients – nurses need it from their manager too

First aid won’t fix this: where are the serious staffing plans?

With staff on strike, the government’s latest effort is to lure back retirees

Super-helper or robonurse: who would you want on your team?

The NHS is powered by the altruism of super-helpers who are often super unappreciated

What nurses really want for Christmas: better pay and conditions

The profession deserves a better deal all round, all year, not a teabag ‘thank you’ treat

NHS pension changes: don’t be forced to raid your savings pot to make ends meet

Making nurses choose between more money now and a better retirement is callous

Show of appreciation: what’s the problem with a teabag ‘treat’?

Maybe managers should focus instead on ensuring the breaks in which to enjoy a cuppa