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.
Delays in diagnosing endometriosis are causing misery and pain for many women and costing the NHS a fortune in unnecessary investigations.
Certain words are just unacceptable to nurses.
GPs can now raise concerns about drivers without telling them – and about time too, says Jane Bates.
When an interpreter for a deaf patient failed to show up, Jane Bates had to turn to acting to get her points across.
As a snap general election is announced, Jane Bates wants to know why the NHS is not being given the same political priority as Brexit.
When frontline NHS staff experience a personal attack in the line of duty, employers must deal with it rather than brush it under the carpet, says Jane Bates.
As well as helping patients to relax, banter can be a useful tool in getting important messages across.
After taking on NHS Improvement over the agency ban, the RCN now has a bigger fight on its hands over nurses' dismal 1% pay rise, says Jane Bates.
With a recent survey showing nurses are taking antidepressants and going on sick leave due to stress, Jane Bates asks if anybody cares enough to do something about the pressures they face.
With the NHS more understaffed than ever, patients have to start meeting health professionals half way by at least providing us with essential information, says Jane Bates.
Why should nurses settle for a miserly 1% pay increase when senior officials are still earning six-figure salaries, asks Jane Bates.
Some complaints are caused by a simple misunderstanding, so don't take them too much to heart, says Jane Bates.
With military metaphors abounding in the NHS, Jane Bates reflects on fighting the 'enemy' - exhaustion and lack of time