The theme of this week’s annual back care awareness week is back pain in older adults.
Caring for yourself is usually a big challenge when money is tight. It can be the last thing on your mind and full of hurdles. As an adviser in the Lamplight Support Service many nursing professionals I speak to are grappling with this. Here are some tips to keep up with self-care while on a budget that have been recommended by RCN members and staff.
With this week’s hot weather it’s even more important to stay hydrated.
RCN safety rep, Denise McLaughlin, explains why all nursing staff should be glove and skin aware.
Driving home after a night shift, arriving home and not remembering the journey; needing copious amounts of caffeine to get you through a rapidly rotating shift; needing matchsticks to keep your eyes open after being up all night caring for a sick dependent and then needing to go into work the next day – sound familiar?
Like many of you I was horrified but sadly not surprised to read the testimonies from the RCN’s survey on safe staffing. Nurses going 14 hours without a drink, holding on for the toilet and colleagues developing kidney stones.
Tomorrow it is Random Acts of Kindness Day and it got me thinking about the work I do together with the nursing family.
The recent RCN report on safe staffing made it abundantly clear, if it wasn’t already, that the nursing workforce is under a great deal of work related stress.
Val Bailey, looks back at how self-care was encouraged when she was a student nurse and is hopeful that the new NMC Standards will help to ensure student nurses get the same level of support again.
When times are tough, it’s important to remember that we’re all in it together, says mental health nurse Hannah.