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Journals and Conferences
The four readers who commented on sickness rates missed a key point (reflections August 17). Perhaps nurses do take more time off work than other professionals, but is this surprising given that we work so closely with patients?
One topic at this year's RCN congress is close to my heart - perinatal mental health. I suffered severe depression during my first pregnancy, but was fortunate enough to receive the support I needed from a GP, health visitor and specialist community psychiatric nurse, among others.
Microchip technology that tracks hand washing could be incorporated into nurse uniforms in Northern Ireland (news May 20).
Being a nurse has many challenges but one you have to learn to deal with early in your career is the behaviour of some patients.