Changing the culture, one shift at a time

Trying to change the culture of a workplace is one of the most difficult undertakings any leader will face.  For our frontline nurses, this task can seem beyond them and so, unfortunately, some negative cultures will remain unchallenged.  Cultures where nurses ‘eat their young’, bullying is rife, poor practice is silently condoned and the focus […]

Obesity and Judgement-Free Care

Caring for an obese patient can be challenging.  I do not mean this is a negative way.  However, it is important to acknowledge there are aspects of care which are more difficult.  Depending on their reason for admission and level of independence, they may require care that is physically demanding for the nurse or specialised […]

Health Informatics – Empowering the frontline

For frontline nurses eager to spend more time delivering care and less time completing yet another form, health informatics offers a unique opportunity.  Health informatics, especially the subspecialty of clinical informatics, focuses on the development of tools which make our care safer and more efficient. Crucially, however, it recognises the importance of collaborating with those […]

Clinical Placement – The importance of preceptors

Clinical placements are designed to give students the chance to integrate their theoretical knowledge with practice.  They should build students’ confidence, knowledge and professional identity as well as help consolidate or develop clinical skills. However, nursing students are more likely than any other health profession student to witness or be asked to participate in situations […]