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6 Best Shoes For Nurses, Midwives and Support Workers

A good pair of shoes helps to minimise stress on your legs and back.

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It is important that you own a good pair of comfortable and supportive nursing shoes.

As a Nurses you spend all day walking around, lifting heavy objects and placing stress on your back. Therefore, it is important that you own a good pair of comfortable and supportive nursing shoes.

A good pair of nursing shoes will not only provide you with comfort, they’ll also minimise stress on your legs and back, and will provide you with good all around protection.

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Let’s take a look at the 6 most comfortable nursing shoes according to other Nurses. These are ideal for nursing associates, student nurses and registered nurses alike – good quality and comfortable.

Clarks Un Loop

Clarks Un Loop have been rated the best shoe for healthcare professionals in the UK. 

An Unstructured navy leather slip-on with stitching and button detail for a handcrafted look. Ideal for people on their feet all day, this shoe is often described as the perfect pair of nurse shoes thanks to the uniquely lightweight sole, gorgeous underfoot cushioning and classic yet stylish appearance. A navy leather upper is hardwearing and durable while breathable leather linings keep feet fresh and comfortable.

Available from Amazon or Clarks.co.uk

Sketchers Relaxed Fit

Everywhere you walk, comfort is sure to go with the SKECHERS Relaxed Fit® shoe. Soft smooth leather upper in a slip on dress casual comfort loafer with stitching and overlay accents. Memory Foam insole.

Available from Amazon or Sketchers.com

Croc Alice Work Flats

All the style of the original Crocs Alice, but with the added work attitude. With our Crocs Lock tread on this style shoe you won’t want to wear another work shoe again. Slip-resistance and comfort rolled into one.

Available from Amazon or Croc.com.

Croc PRO Bistro Clog

Crocs Bistro clog uses a tread design and Crocs lock which provides slip resistance that exceeds industry standards. To further protect your feet at work, these clogs have an enclosed toe, heel and a thicker metatarsal area. Crocs Bistro shoes are made with croslite material footbed for lightweight cushioning and heel strap for a more secure fit. These shoes give you a custom fit by conforming to your feet.

Available from Amazon or Croc.co.uk.

Sketchers Go Walk

The Skechers GOwalk 3 sneakers for women’s features Goga Mat technology with high-rebound cushioning. Designed with Skechers performance technology and materials specifically for athletic walking. Stretch knit mesh fabric upper in a slip on technical walking sneaker design.

Available from Amazon.

Clarks Funny Dream

From the archives, these women’s shoes are an Iconic casual style that ooze Clarks DNA. Reinvented for the 21st century Funny Dream are designed in an earthy, soft black leather while the chunky eyelet lacing and asymmetric stitched seam add handcrafted detailing. An everyday classic with ultimate comfort, finished with a curvy wedged sole.

Available from Amazon or Clarks.

Do you have a favourite Nursing Shoe? 

If you have a favourite that isn’t listed above – let us know in the comments section below. We’ll soon be bringing you the best shoes for Male Nurses. 

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Former student nurses share their top money-saving tips

“A nursing degree is very different to most undergraduate courses.”

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Student money saving tips

Direct from former student nurses, the Student Money Guide is packed with useful tips.

New nursing students should claim fuel reimbursements, car share, compare markets and supermarkets and seek second-hand textbooks to make their student funding, and part-time wages go as far as possible, updated advice from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) says.

The College’s latest Student Money Guide for nursing is packed with useful information on childcare, travel expenses, charitable funding and tips for those moving into private rented accommodation.

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The top money-saving tips.

Direct from former student nurses, the guide offers some top money-saving tips, which include;

  1. Develop a good relationship with your bank – meet and go through all the options and accounts which will save you most money and give you the best interest rates
  2. Use online materials, the RCN Library for example, instead of buying textbooks – If you do buy them, try advertising on university notice boards for second-hand copies, or, have a look at www.abebooks.co.uk. Use cashback websites, such as Quidco, when making purchases.
  3. Get a Young Persons Rail Card if you spend over £72 a year on rail travel – all full-time students are eligible, regardless of age.
  4. Claim fuel reimbursement if you drive further to placement than to university – it is offered, so you might as well.
  5. Be penny-wise, seek out free pickings – go to sites like Freecycle for free furniture, kitchenware and bicycles.
  6. Check out your local discount warehouses for basics, cleaning products, toilet rolls, washing powder and buy these as a household to split the cost of a bulk buy – it is well worth it.
  7. Share lifts to placement and do food shops with fellow students.
  8. Make sure your supermarket shop is cheapest – check online comparison sites like mysupermarket.com ahead of your shop.
  9. Use your local butchers and market.
  10. Take a packed lunch and flask to university – you will save a small fortune and probably eat better.

Nursing is different to other degree courses.

Claire Cannings, Senior Welfare Adviser commented: “A nursing degree is very different to most undergraduate courses. The placement element means there is less time for part-time work, and the long shifts mean childcare and travel is often more expensive.

“Fluency with finances, brilliance with budgeting and keeping clued-up on things complimentary can pay dividends. This can, in turn, impact positively on study and well-being through a student’s learning years and beyond. It’s amazing how many grants and funds students are entirely unaware of which is why we’ve collated all the information they need in one place.

“While the RCN will still be making the case to Government to invest in nursing education, we hope the guide will continue to be a valuable resource to our current and potential members.”

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Induction framework for General Practice Nurses launched

It also provides guidance for practices employing General Practice Nurses.

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The document provides a framework for both new and experienced general practice nurses.

NHS England, in collaboration with The QNI, has launched a new Induction Template for General Practice Nursing.

The Induction Template is has been designed to enable employers to ensure that nurses in a first career destination role in General Practice are well supported when taking their first career step in primary care.

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Not just useful for newly qualified nurses, the 51-page document provides an induction framework for all new general practice nurses, enabling them to develop key skills required for the role.

It also provides guidance for practices employing General Practice Nurses.

Nursing associates, health care assistants and student nurses preparing for a primary care placement may also find the template useful.

A great start to a long and exciting career’.

The author of the document, Queen’s Nurse and experienced nursing mentor and educator, Sharon Aldridge-Bent said; “Developing this template highlighted the urgent need for a comprehensive induction and orientation programme for all nurses new to general practice.

“This most certainly will assist with recruitment and retention of nurses in the primary care setting.”

Paul Vaughan, Head of Nursing Now England, responsible for the delivery of the GPN Ten Point Plan, said: “this new resource will enable employers to ensure they provide nurses new to general practice with a really good experience of working in the sector and ensure they have a great start to their long and exciting career working general practice.”

The resource underpinned by General Practice – developing confidence, capability and capacity – A ten-point action plan for General Practice Nursing (2017) contributes towards the overall strategic goals outlined in the General Practice Five Year Forward View.

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