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5 Best Hand Creams for Nurses

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Washing and using alcohol gel on your hands can leave them cracked and dry. We take a look at the best hand creams for Nurses and healthcare professionals.

As a Nurse your hands are, very literally, are the tools of your trade and hand washing is one of our best infection control precautions, we nurses should never settle for cracked and irritated hands.

Let’s take a look at the best creams to help heal Nurses’ healing hands.

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Helping Hands by Lush

Originally created with nurses in mind as well as all those with cracked and sore hands. Honey is a natural antiseptic and, together with lavender and African marigold essential oils, brings relief. An infusion of gentle chamomile helps to reduce redness, while linseed mucilage softens rough hands and helps to minimise cracking. Almond oil, shea butter and cocoa butter are what makes this cream so moisturising, all bound in a loose emulsion that ensures it sinks in.

Where to buy? Lush stores or online.

Protect Your Lovely Hands by Yes Nurse

This new brand is a trusted cult favourite of busy nurses, mums and beauty fanatics from across the UK. Developed over 2 and a half years, this unique protective formula offers a highly nourishing, 24h ‘Super Moisturising’ benefit with each bottle crammed full of essential Omega’s, antioxidants and powerful natural actives such as +15 Active Mankua Honey and White Willow Bark Extract – together designed to soothe, hydrate and revive tired skin all day long. Yes! Nurse has received rave reviews from users all over the country.

Where to buy? YesNurse.co.uk or Amazon.

E45 Repair and Protect

E45 Dermatological Repair & Protect Overnight Hand Cream Dry Skin is an overnight moisturiser to help keep normal to dry skin feeling soft and smooth. Ideal for use on even sensitive skin, its unique and dermatological formula is enriched with vitamin B3, which bolster the skin’s natural defences and enhance skin cell regeneration at night. Natural oils nourish and help restore supple, softer and noticeably glowing skin.

Where to buy? Any chemist, drugstore or Amazon.

Dr Ceuticals Super Repair

This advanced gylcerine-based hand cream boosted with anti-ageing coenzyme Q10 and a pro collagen petide helps to intensly moiturise and replenish lost moisture and suppleness to hands. Skin-conditioning Allatonin and antioxidant Acai combine to further boost repair and nourishment. Light and non greasy the cream sinks into skin quickly to leave hands dry-to-the-touch but restored.

Where to buy? Boots the Chemist or Amazon.

L’Occitane Amande Delicious Hands

A rich and nourishing hand cream to hydrate and revitalise your skin. This non-greasy cream formula helps to moisturise and soften your hands while enveloping them with the subtle scent of fresh almonds.

Where to buy? L’Occitane or Amazon.

Hemp Hand Protector

Honourable mention! Our best-selling Hemp Hand Protector helps soften and protect hands. It is dermatologically tested for very dry skin and contains Community Trade hemp seed oil.

Where to buy? The Body Shop or Amazon.

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‘Student nurses graduate with £54k of debt, shouldn’t we pay them a wage instead?’

The Government claims students are “supernumerary” and “not contracted to provide nursing care”.

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Student nurses are the unseen workforce and vital to patient care.

While I am pleased for the thousands of students who will soon be starting their journey to become a registered nurse, it comes with a stark reminder.

In November 2015, ministers announced the NHS Student Bursary and tuition fee payment would be cut in a plan to increase the number of available student places.

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Suffice to say, this hasn’t worked.

Instead, we have seen a consistent decline in the number of student nurses qualifying. Official figures from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) show an overall decline in applications of 8% since 2015.

There is no debate that nurses need to be degree-level educated – but are student loans the best way to fill an ever-widing gap in our workforce?

The unseen workforce.

Student nurses are the unseen workforce and are sometimes vital to the delivery of safe, compassionate, person-centered care.

Completing over two-thousand hours of hand-on, direct clinical practice over three years – is it fair to ask them to accumulate up to £54,582 (plus 6.3% annual interest) of debt?

With a starting salary of £24,214, this is a debt the majority of nurses will never pay off.

The Government claims that because student nurses are “supernumerary” and “not contracted to provide nursing care” they need to be treated like all other higher education students.

While is it true that the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) mandates that student nurses are considered ‘supernumerary’ – how realistic is this expectation? We hear stories of student nurses, trainee nursing associates and healthcare support workers being used to fill nurse staffing gaps on an almost daily basis.

A self-perpetuating cycle.

With an estimated 40,000 unfilled nursing vacancies in the NHS alone, health and social care services in England are stuck in a self-perpetuating cycle.

Chronic under-investment in services has led to an increased demand on staff and subsequently affected recruitment and retention rates. Universities then fail to recruit enough nurses to meet the current demand and so the cycle continues.

The Royal College of Nursing has called on the Government to invest at least £1b per year into nursing education and come up with a long-term plan after its plan to increase numbers has failed to work.

Matching the proposed apprentice wage while student nurses are on placement would go some way towards alleviating the financial burden the government has placed on student nurses.

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A fresh start?

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RCN Congress

I’m excited and I’m nervous. I qualified as a nurse just 15 months ago. I left a career in IT of “quite a few years” – I decided I needed a fresh start.

Now I’m sat on a train heading to my first ever RCN Congress. I’m a voting delegate and will be honoured to carry that responsibility for my branch.

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I’m also excited to finally be meeting people that I’ve solely (or mostly) only ever connected with online.

Finally, I’m looking forward to the various debates and resolutions. Listening to the speakers will further inform my views and I might even share a thought or two myself – fortunately speaking in public does not generally worry me (I’ll be the one with the ukulele).

A brief glance back to this time last year when certain “irregularities” were noticed by some members around the pay deal and communications regarding it.

The train of events that followed uncovered a number of poor practices regarding transparency and accountability and our current council were elected to address these.

I also mentioned I am nervous.

Recently, it has become clear that further “irregularities” have occurred – and questions will be asked.

Tomorrow morning is the Royal College of Nursing’s Annual General Meeting – an opportunity for members to ask questions. An opportunity for the council to demonstrate its commitment to openness, transparency, and accountability. An opportunity for a fresh start.

I genuinely hope the answers to the questions I raise are clear and dispel the concerns many of us have.

And if they don’t? Well, that’s why I’m nervous.

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