A round-up of news from the professional journals

Leadership skills

Nurses in Scotland are to be sent on courses to improve their leadership
skills as part of the Government’s strategy for the profession published last

Nursing Standard,
13 March

Public health practitioners

Eighty new ‘public health practitioner’ posts are to be created in Scotland
as part of a £10m drive to provide a ‘health champion’ in every community. Most
are expected to be from a nursing background.

Nursing Times,
14 March

Retaining staff

Six out of 10 nurses think employee-friendly policies such as flexible
shifts and crèche facilities would be most effective in retaining staff, a
Nursing Standard survey shows.

The research reveals that the NHS still has a lot to do to improve nurses’
working conditions. Only 6 per cent were given the opportunity to have school
holidays off and three-quarters did not have access to a work-based crèche or

Two in three nurses were not able to select their own shifts and nearly 90
per cent were not given the opportunity to job-share. Just 52 per cent thought
increasing pay would have the biggest effect on staff retention, with a third
saying pay is not a major influence.

Nursing Standard,
13 March

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