Top 15: The most popular articles in 2016
2016 was a year of challenges and triumphs for nurses. As the new year begins, we look back at the 15 most popular articles from the past 12 months
1. Nurse sacked after offering to pray for patients
A nurse who offered to pray for patients waiting for surgery has been sacked from her job for gross misconduct.
2. Nurses in Yorkshire offered stark choice over their NHS pension
Community nurses in South Yorkshire have been forced to take on different terms and conditions after their jobs were transferred to a local authority, say unions.
3. Nurse convicted of unlawful killing after giving patient wrong blood type
A nurse who gave a patient who later died the wrong type of blood has been convicted of unlawful killing by gross negligence.
4. Too many BME nurses – and men – being referred to the NMC, report reveals
Disproportionate numbers of nurses from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds are referred to fitness to practise (FtP) proceedings, according to new data from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
5. Watch our animated guide to revalidation
We’ve created a short free video to explain everything you need to know about revalidation, and what you will need to do to ensure you are ready.
6. Four out of five nurses struck off NMC register last year were over the age of 40, report reveals
Four out of five nurses struck off the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) register last year were over the age of 40.
7. Jeremy Hunt unveils details of nursing degree apprenticeships – and calls for regulation of nursing associate role
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has unveiled further details of the new nursing degree apprenticeships.
8. Mentors ‘manipulated, sometimes threatened’ by failing students
Placement mentors are being ‘manipulated’ and some even subjected to violent threats by nursing students, new research reveals.
9. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: diagnosis and management
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. However, despite being one of the most common causes of hospital admission, COPD has been a neglected respiratory condition. Nurses working in all care settings can make an important contribution to the care of patients with COPD.
10. Nursing students’ experience of practice placements
Clinical practice placements are an essential component of pre-registration nursing programmes. Integration into a new team in an unfamiliar setting, which has its own values, practices, culture and language, can be stressful for nursing students. This article presents and discusses students’ reflections on preparing for, entering and leaving practice placements.
11. Deadline looms for RCN mentorship scheme
A pioneering nurse whose recycling project saved £50,000 is urging others to put their ideas forward for a new mentorship scheme aimed at improving nursing practice.
12. War on attrition: government tackles drop-out rates on nursing courses
High numbers of students dropping out of nursing courses have been a concern to the profession for decades. But efforts to reverse the trend are now underway, with the government instructing Health Education England (HEE) to reduce ‘avoidable’ drop-out rates by 50%.
13. Utter shambles' for NHS workers who overpaid tax while undergoing training
More than 16,000 NHS staff who took part in an NHS training scheme have applied for tax rebates worth thousands of pounds, but some are struggling to get their money back, an investigation has revealed.
14. Sepsis care: getting it right every time
Sepsis is a time critical condition, which can be life threatening. In the UK, there are an estimated 150,000 cases of sepsis per year, resulting in 44,000 deaths. This equates to more deaths from bowel, breast and prostate cancer combined according to the Sepsis Trust, 2016. In 2016 two key events have shaped sepsis care in the UK and worldwide.