Jane Bates

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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

Delayed discharge: we must fix the wait for take-home meds to free-up precious beds

With acute beds at a premium, isn’t it time we made the process smoother?

Protecting whistleblowers: is it time NHS managers had a code of conduct too?

Raising concerns about patient safety is part of nurses’ role, not a point of contention

Nurses reliant on food banks: we must do more to put an end to this national disgrace

Most nurses are paid at least the national average wage, yet some must resort to handouts

Talking to patients: are careful words more important than honesty?

Some common clinical terms demean or disempower patients, a study suggests

Short-staffed and attacked by patients, are UK nurses being driven to extinction?

Managers feed the staffing crisis when they show indifference to attacks on team members

Retired nurse reservists: is this short-term fix such a bad idea?

It’s not a solution for the NHS staffing crisis but it could be a life-changer for patients

Nurses’ uniforms: solving the NHS’s dirty laundry problem

Infection prevention argument for on-site laundering gets another airing

Will the last nurse left in the NHS please turn out the light?

When nurses lose their annual leave due to others’ mismanagement, a line has been crossed

Why we must fight for long-COVID to be classed as an occupational disease

After front-line service, nurses with long-COVID have another battle on their hands

Periods at work: why old-fashioned attitudes need to catch up with modern nursing

Lack of concessions for staff dealing with menstrual leaks and cramps must change

Should wards have dedicated phone areas, so patients craving sleep get peace and quiet?

Ward design, alarms, and mobile phone use all make sound sleep seem an impossible dream

‘Wanted: superhuman angel nurses who will make a difference’

What happens when recruitment ads promote an image of nurses as martyrs

Let’s cool down the hydration debate: drink water but be discreet

Different generations have clashed about drinking at nurses’ stations

Work-life balance: why our employers need to be dragged into the 21st century

Women do most of the family caring, and workplaces must accommodate this

One nurse expressing irrational views can do great damage to public trust

Let’s remember our profession’s reputation when we tell the world what we think

Menopause: women’s shame is consigned to history, now let’s see NHS employers catch up

Nurses experiencing menopause symptoms deserve workplaces that meet their needs

Sleep breaks on shift are a serious step forward, whether you’re napping or not

Staff well-being and patient safety are both better served with this mid-shift innovation

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