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.
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.
Even if your comedy routine isn’t always appreciated, humour is still a great way of helping patients to relax, says Jane Bates.
Maintaining a work-life balance in the face of serious staff shortages is proving tricky for Jane Bates.
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.
From ‘public liability’ to running a ward in three years, Jane Bates has fond memories of her nerve-wracking yet rewarding student days
Finding time to send an email while coping with a ward full of demanding patients is a step too far for Jane Bates.
The awkward process of gaining feedback for revalidation is proving something of a headache for Jane Bates.
Golden hellos may look attractive on the surface but a good old-fashioned pay rise is a much better way to recruit and retain nurses, says Jane Bates.
Coming back to the place where a loved one passed away can be hard for patients, and it is not always easy for staff either, says Jane Bates.
A conversation followiing a cataract operation leaves Jane Bates somewhat perplexed.
Accuse me of interfering if you must, but I won’t stand by and watch patients be treated unkindly, says Jane Bates.
As new research shows women born in July are more at risk of incontinence, it's all doom, gloom and plastic pants for us summer babies, says Jane Bates.
Brexit and the 1% pay cap are putting the future of nurses and the NHS at risk. The situation is critical and the time to act is now, says Jane Bates.
Time-induced panic is nothing new for nurses, but with many now facing increasingly unreasonable workloads it’s time for change, says Jane Bates.
We may live in times of political uncertainty but thanks to improvements in hygiene, at least we don’t have to suffer the indignity of painful boils, says Jane Bates.
From the Bright Line path to the Paleo regime, modern eating plans can be tricky to accommodate if you're the chef.
Through the recent dark days of horror and violence, the kindness of ordinary folk shines through, says Jane Bates.