Attention All Nurses… Re-validation is on its way!


Sure, many of you have heard about re-validation, which is being brought in next year (2015) by the NMC. However the final consultation is at the end of August so there is still time to make your views known… Go to NMC web site, and click on re-validation or you go direct to the consultation link by clicking here. In a nutshell … Read More

Agency NursesAttention All Nurses… Re-validation is on its way!

Registered Nurse Minimum Numbers

Hello everyone and a big hello if you are a newbie to my blog. I have been following the story about registered nurse minimum numbers. It comes as no surprise that there is a link between inadequate staffing and poor standards of care… Not sure that I totally agree with this, too many chiefs and all that! Saying that not … Read More

Agency NursesRegistered Nurse Minimum Numbers

What is Revalidation?

Hello everyone, hope you are all well. Last week somebody asked me: what is revalidation and how will it affect us as agency nurses? My understanding is that the questions we will be asked are: Are you fit to practice? Have you upheld the standards expected from the nursing profession and adhered to the code of conduct? This will then … Read More

Agency NursesWhat is Revalidation?

Supreme Court Lays Down New ‘Acid Test’ for Deprivation of Liberty

‘A gilded cage is still a cage’, says Lady Hale, holding that human rights protecting individual liberty applied to all, whether able or disabled A 39-year-old man with learning disabilities forced to live in residential care has been deprived of his liberty, the Supreme Court has ruled in the long-running Cheshire West case. Born with cerebral palsy and Down’s syndrome, … Read More

Agency NursesSupreme Court Lays Down New ‘Acid Test’ for Deprivation of Liberty

Update from Clinical Lead, Helen Goldsmith

It has been a busy few weeks on the road for me, attending two conferences arranged by Nursing in Practice. Went to some interesting lectures on smoking cessation, safe guarding and management of type 2 diabetes and also spoke with lots of potential new agency nurses to join our ever expanding team! Did anyone see the discussion on Nursing Times … Read More

Agency NursesUpdate from Clinical Lead, Helen Goldsmith

NMC fee petition passes 100,000 signatures

A petition calling for a halt to increasing Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) fees has passed 100,000 signatures. The online petition, created by mental health liaison nurse Stephen Iwasyk, could be debated in parliament because of the high response. Earlier this year, the NMC warned that its financial situation would be “unsustainable” without a rise in the annual registration fee. But Iwasyk’s petition … Read More

Agency NursesNMC fee petition passes 100,000 signatures

Good Handovers are an Agency Nurse’s Survival Tool!

hand over

The nurse-to-nurse handover is not taught formally during training, yet it is one of the most important rituals of the nursing shift. As agency nurses it is imperative we receive a  good handover so we can deliver the best care possible to the people we are caring for. Remember you must feel confident and well briefed when taking charge of … Read More

Agency NursesGood Handovers are an Agency Nurse’s Survival Tool!