Editorial

Hospices need funding to maintain high standards

Almost every day, week and month of the year is earmarked by some charity or other as an...

Revalidation rules must be clear from the start

This week a group of 12 men and women will make a decision that will have a profound effect...

Race equality initiative leaves nowhere to hide

Policies, initiatives, campaigns – they have all failed, one after the other, to end race...

‘Pay your own way’ places are no solution

Every year, hundreds of those who apply for pre-registration nursing courses are turned away...

Flexible shift patterns work for everyone

Around one third of nurses in England work 12-hour shifts, and anecdotal evidence suggests...

Agency limits will only work if the cap fits

Limits are to be imposed on the amount of money that many NHS organisations can spend on...

Unsung nursing heroes deserve recognition

Whenever disaster or tragedy strikes, nurses are often among the first on the scene. Last...

Our talent at the top is still going to waste

Waste in the health service is nothing new, with stories usually focusing on supplies and...

Language barriers leave us all in limbo

We have all been served in shops by staff with limited English, or endured those...

When a student speaks, managers should listen

Raising concerns, speaking out, blowing the whistle – three phrases that mean much the same...

Add your voice to end of life care consultation

The long-running saga over what – if anything – should replace the Liverpool Care Pathway...

Nurses need the details on revalidation – fast

As I sat down to write my first editorial for Nursing Standard, my phone rang. It was my...

Want weekend working Mr Hunt? Then pay for it

I loved the #ImInWorkJeremy Twitter response to the health secretary’s ultimatum last week...

Unfair budget inflicts more pain on nurses

Anger, disbelief, outrage and dismay were all in evidence last week after chancellor George...

Tuition fees and loans won’t bring in recruits

Just about every nursing student in the UK has their course funded by one of the four UK...

Freed up to be truly effective ward leaders

Often the most interesting discussions at RCN congress take place away from the main hall,...

NHS needs a workforce plan, not border control

History was made in Bournemouth on Sunday evening. A small, but momentous slice of nursing...

Calm heads are needed in safe staffing debate

Of the 290 recommendations in the Francis report, published 26 months ago, one has become...

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