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ANPs are a 'perfect fit'

We may be invisible as advanced nurse practitioners (ANPs) in general practice but I would argue that this is because we fit seamlessly into this clinical area and many others.

Nurses welcomed at Number 10

On 6 October, 10 Downing Street held a reception to celebrate the work of nurses, carers and other healthcare professionals.

Community nurses will be integral to NHS sustainability

The recently published NHS England Five Year Forward View provides a great opportunity for nurses working in community and primary care services to become involved, if not to take the lead in the provision of new models of care.

More nurses should own their own practices

A question was put to the Independent Nurse team at the annual QNI conference at the end of September. It sounded like a simple enough question but it momentarily stumped us. 'Why don't more nurses open and run their own practices?'

District nurses' views build picture

The QNI has been running a 'Right Nurse, Right Skills' campaign for the past two years, seeking to influence the planning of an appropriate district nursing workforce to meet the increasingly challenging and complex needs of patients being cared for in their own homes.

Q&A The RCN's Peter Carter

The RCN's chief executive and general secretary discusses the focus on primary care nurses, their pay, and training and developing the workforce with Rita Som.

Safe staffing levels are essential

Following the government's official response to the Francis Report, hospitals will now be required to report the staffing levels on every ward in every hospital on a monthly basis.

Caseload and workforce planning tool

The recent report 'Ending 15-minute care' by the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability described the large number of local authorities which commission care to be delivered in the home in 15 minutes.

Missed opportunity for HCA regulation

I have written previously about the importance of the professional regulation of healthcare assistants (HCAs). The government has made it clear that while educational standards for HCAs will be developed and implemented, there will be no professional regu

Our focus must be on community settings

The new NHS architecture comes into being on the day this issue of Independent Nurse is published. Statistics about the incoming structures have abounded in the media and the debate about the impact on patients and services has been growing to a crescendo.

Improve staff morale for patients' sake

Last week, health secretary Jeremy Hunt launched the 'historic' NHS Mandate, setting out 'what every patient in England can expect from GPs, hospitals and the wider NHS'.

A campaign to say: 'This Is Nursing'

An RCN initiative aims to examine nurses' professional attitudes and behaviours and to prove to the public that it still takes a remarkable person to be a nurse.

Speak out about the good work nurses do

Confidence to speak in public does not come naturally to many people. There are a few naturals and can speak fluently and genuinely, connecting with an audience and knowing instinctively how to pitch their talk and when to stop. Most people have to learn,

Nurse vision avoids staff shortage

Last week heralded the publication of the government's 'vision and model for school nursing', delayed by three months but no more inspired for the extra time in development.

Improve nursing care by investing in staff

When, earlier this month, prime minister David Cameron proclaimed that 'nursing needs to be about patients, not paperwork' he provoked anger from nurses keen to point out that understaffing is at the heart of poor patient care.

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