Jane Bates

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Jane Bates: A little appreciation goes a long way

A simple ‘thank you’ for a job well done costs nothing and is a positive among the tiredness and stress of nurses’ working lives, says Jane Bates

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Jane Bates: Who wants a picnic in the bleak mid-winter? 

Picnics should mean wasps and sunburn, not sub-zero temperatures and hypothermia, says Jane Bates

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Jane Bates: The virus that stole Christmas 

The viral infection that scuppered Christmas for many of us may not have been flu, but to dub it merely ‘a cold’ fails to convey its severity

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Jane Bates: Care means taking time to explain and be kind

As someone with severe dental phobia, finding a kind and compassionate dentist made all the difference to Jane Bates, reminding her that a nurse’s true skill lies in how they treat patients

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Jane Bates: Why do nurses feel a need to work when they’re ill?

Going to work with a painful tooth abscess leaves Jane Bates smiling through gritted teeth, but with her conscience intact

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Jane Bates: Beware the Christmas Eve cocktails

From cracked ribs to a sore back, the Yuletide festivities are not without hazard for Jane Bates

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Jane Bates: Is the right to see a GP such an outdated idea?

All patients deserve a face-to-face medicines review with their GP. Not only is this in the best interests of the patient, it helps prevent the huge costs to the NHS associated with wasted medications, says Jane Bates

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Jane Bates: Madness of NHS plan to ask patients their gender preference

A directive from NHS England asking health professionals to record the sexual orientation of all patients and service users aged 16 and over is impractical and intrusive, says Jane Bates.

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Jane Bates: Flexible working just a dream until NHS is adequately staffed 

While the concept of flexible, family-friendly working is very welcome, it is just a pipe dream until the significant shortage of NHS nurses is addressed, says Jane Bates.

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Jane Bates: Frail and elderly or fit for work?

The baby boomer generation is expected to work until approaching age 70 but they are considered frail and elderly when something goes wrong. You can’t have it both ways, says Jane Bates.

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Jane Bates: Constipation is nothing to be embarrassed about

Dispatched to the pharmacy for medication to ease a friend’s bowel problems, Jane Bates wonders why buying personal items causes such discomfort, even for nurses.

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Jane Bates: Does the public really want a 24-hour NHS? 

With 8am surgery seen as too early a start, and evening appointments deemed too late, round-the-clock care for non-emergencies may not be that popular.

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Jane Bates: When illness cuts into people’s hectic agendas, life must still go on

Constantly rearranging a medical appointment due to work and family commitments is causing embarrassment for Jane Bates.

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Jane Bates: When the humble safety pin held nursing together

The once ubiquitous safety pin is now never seen on ward, a victim of Health and Safety. Yet they harmed no one and helped many, says Jane Bates.

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Jane Bates: Nursing attrition and the erosion of team spirit

With little time for clinical supervision, team meetings or teaching opportunities, problems start to fester and the sense that people don’t matter becomes the norm, says Jane Bates.

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Jane Bates: Risk being annoying – a bit of banter lifts the mood

Even if your comedy routine isn’t always appreciated, humour is still a great way of helping patients to relax, says Jane Bates.

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Jane Bates: Agonising over putting patients before family

Maintaining a work-life balance in the face of serious staff shortages is proving tricky for Jane Bates.

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Jane Bates: Reflections on how to have your cake and eat it too

As Nursing Standard celebrates its 30th Birthday, Jane Bates reflects on her years as a columnist and why – if given the choice between doing two things you love – you should do both.

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