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Jane Bates: Patients need to keep their cool

Jane Bates struggles with patients’ demands to keep the hospital cool during a heatwave

I was trained to be hands off with patients but I think a hug might be the best medicine

Hugs between patients and staff can be a welcome part of the job, says Jane Bates

Why broken down medical equipment is a serial problem for nurses

Locating the serial number to report a broken machine is impossible unless you contort

Nurses and midwives need support if they are to become clinical academics

Flexibility and funding required if nurses are to pursue dual career in practice and research

Late shifts and long hours don’t say ‘antenatal care’ to me

Pregnancy is not an illness, but it can be an exhausting time for NHS staff, says Jane Bates

Protecting nurses' well-being is a priority as vacancy rates remain critically

More needs to be done to ensure nurses feel valued and supported amid chronic staff shortages

Safe nurse staffing ratios in Australia have led to better care and a happier workforce

Minimum nurse and midwife staffing levels in Victoria enhance patient safety

We must unlock the potential of volunteers to improve patient care

Laura Shalev Greene highlights the work of HelpForce, an organisation that champions...

Fitted sheets on hospital beds have been a long time coming

What will we do without former icon of the profession, the hospital corner, asks Jane Bates

I’m returning my medal in protest at ‘hostile environment’ policy

Government is charging refugees for care, and turning nurses into border guards

Public health should not be an easy target for cuts

Funding has dropped by nearly a quarter in five years, but what will be the long-term effect?

Pay rise: maybe it's time to strike...

Nurses are right to feel short changed by claims that earnings are up, says Jane Bates

Responding to a measles outbreak

How collaboration helped contain a recent outbreak of the virus

No excuse for grown-up tantrums at work

Temper tantrums seem liberating, but self-control is a better choice, says Jane Bates

Making it easier to prevent and control infection in hospitals

Consistent best practice is needed to solve a problem that costs the NHS £1 billion a year

Safe staffing: five years on from the Francis report what has changed?

With nurses struggling to provide safe care, UK-wide staffing laws can’t come soon enough

Turning the tide on NHS waste

A sea change in practice is needed to reduce the amount of waste in the NHS, says Jane Bates

‘Fighting talk’ about cancer can do more harm than good

The desire to put on a brave face can rob patients of the chance to discuss end of life care

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