A nurse who died with Covid-19 inspired nearly her entire family to join the NHS. Linda Obiageli Udeagbala, from Croydon, died aged 60 earlier this month, after 17 years working for the health service. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Francis, a psychiatric nurse, and five adult children: Cheyrinne, a midwife, Angelica, a paediatric nurse, Gerard and Colin, who are both mental health nurses and Marvin, who is self-employed.
Across America and around the world, nurses are delivering excellent care. It is a nurse who is holding the phone as a family member is saying goodbye to a patient that they can't even see. It's the nurse who will be in that room when the ventilator is withdrawn. And it is a nurse who will be bathing the body of that patient and calling that family to comfort them after the death. Nurses are really the predominant work force across all settings of care for every population impacted by this disease.
May 6 kicks off National Nurses Week, which runs through May 12 annually in recognition of the birthday of the indelible founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. With events, discounts and freebies available to nurses and healthcare providers nationwide, National Nurses Week offers an opportunity for communities to celebrate their local heroes. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2016, there were an estimated 3 million nurses in the occupation. The American Nursing Association (ANA), however, says there are as many as 3.6 million registered nurses in the United States. According to ANA's website, 2017 has been designated the "Year of the Healthy Nurse," with the official National Nurses Week theme being "Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit."
St. Vincent Hospital nurses and the hospital management team will start talking again on Monday, returning to the bargaining table for the first round of negotiations since the Worcester nurses launched their strike eight weeks ago. The 800 nurses have been on strike since March 8 as they continue to battle Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare over better staffing measures. A federal mediator scheduled the new round of negotiations as Tenet plans to present an "adjustment" to its most recent proposal, Saint Vincent Hospital CEO Carolyn Jackson said Sunday. "It would be great if they agree to what we put on the table," Jackson said of the nurses who are with the Massachusetts Nurses Association. If the nurses don't say yes to the adjustments, then Jackson hopes they would present a "solid counterproposal" so the two sides can quickly reach a deal.
Thousands of incurable breast cancer patients are being denied a dedicated specialist nurse, according to Breast Cancer Care. The figures show almost three-quarters (72%) of NHS Trusts across the UK are not providing designated nurses. Three years ago, the government promised all cancer patients would have access to a designated nurse by 2020. The Department of Health said it was "committed to increasing the capacity" of specialist cancer nurses. Samia al Qadhi, chief executive of charity Breast Cancer Care, hit out at the deterioration in patient care.