Nephrotic mumma: chronic illness and motherhood by Sophie Clifford

Living with an invisible chronic illness isn’t easy: you end up having rehearsed answers to lots of questions about your health, you know what it’s like to live with permanent fatigue, big worries about the future are just things you think about every day, you are incredibly good at collecting water samples in tiny bottles and you are probably on first name terms with a few of the nurses at your local hospital. Earlier this year I decided to add a baby into this craziness and the last 7 months have been the biggest learning curve of my life.

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Webinar – Transitioning from Child to Adult Services

We invite you to attend our next IFNA – UK and Ireland Chapter webinar, titled “Transitioning from child to adult health services and the role of families.” The free webinar will take place on Monday 5 December 2022, from 12.30pm until 2pm GMT, on Zoom. Click here to register! The IFNA – UK and Ireland … Read more Webinar – Transitioning from Child to Adult Services

Dr Jenny Waite-Jones discusses International Disability Day

Given that one in every ten of the world’s children has a disability (1) the International Disability Day offers the opportunity to reflect on how nursing has been transformed from caring for disabled children within institutional settings to its current aim for family nursing. This includes caring for children within their own homes whenever possible. … Read more Dr Jenny Waite-Jones discusses International Disability Day

Quality time for everyone – Steph Edusei from St Oswald’s Hospice

At St Oswald’s Hospice, our slogan is “Quality time for everyone”, and that truly is what we strive to deliver to everyone who comes into our care, said Steph Edusei, Chief Executive Officer of St Oswald’s Hospice. Time to enjoy family and friends, time to make peace, time to make memories, time to put things … Read more Quality time for everyone – Steph Edusei from St Oswald’s Hospice

Reflections on world breast feeding awareness week 2022

The aim of the World Health Assembly (WHA) is to increase the global rate of exclusive breastfeeding to at least 50% by 2025. In 2018 a World health Assembly resolution endorsed World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) as an important promotion strategy. Each year WBW delivers a campaign to galvanise action related to breastfeeding.   Sadly, I continue … Read more Reflections on world breast feeding awareness week 2022

IFNA International Nurses Day Photo Social Media Campaign

Each year, International Nurses Day on the 12th of May recognises the contributions of nurses worldwide. These year’s theme was Nursing: A Voice to Lead. Sparked by an idea from IFNA President Veronica Swallow, the IFNA Communications Committee sent out a request for members to share photos on Twitter using #NursesDay or #IND2022 and tag @IFNAorg to … Read more IFNA International Nurses Day Photo Social Media Campaign

It’s a matter of social justice – a ‘voice’ to influence policies affecting health

Alison Morton, Executive Director at Institute of Health Visiting Across the globe, nations are focusing their efforts on rebuilding in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and its wider impacts. In England, these impacts have been felt acutely by families with babies and young children. We are incredibly proud of the role that health visitors … Read more It’s a matter of social justice – a ‘voice’ to influence policies affecting health

Working with families to support their child with a learning disability/autism

Dr Angela Ridley, Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University Chloe Hawkins, Student Registered Nurse Learning Disabilities at Northumbria University Join  #lLDWeek2022  @LD_Northumbria  Many people are unaware of the Registered Nurse Learning Disabilities. This piece gives insight into the role, by discussing how students are prepared to support families who have children with learning disabilities/autism. As well … Read more Working with families to support their child with a learning disability/autism

The importance of family in end of life care

Dr Christine English St Oswald’s hospice staff, that I work with as a trustee, have won a number of prestigious awards recently, including Hospice UK Innovation in Care, Charity Retailer of the Year, and Northern Power Transformational Leadership. However, their latest award made me really, really smile. Why? Well, it was a Lord Mayor’s design … Read more The importance of family in end of life care