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6 Best Shoes For Nurses, Doctors & Medical Professionals

Clare Bodell

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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.

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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Patients are being mislead by unregistered staff using the “Nurse” title

Ian Snug

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Leading nurses warn that organisations are employing unregistered care staff with job titles describing them as “nurses”.

A study has that found hundreds of roles which do not require Nursing and Midwifery Council registration used the term “Nurse” in the job title.  This, understandably, has caused concern that patients are being misled and staff could be working beyond their competence.

According to the Health Service Journal, Jane Cummings, Englands’ Chief Nursing Officer, has written to NHS leaders calling for them to ensure staff who use the nurse title are in fact registered nurses.

We found several examples, on the NHS jobs website, of positions which utilise the “Nurse” title but do not require an NMC Registration to apply;

  • Assistant Nurse Practitioner.
  • Enhanced Supervision Nurse.
  • Clinical Support Nurse.
  • Associate Nurse.
  • Complex Support Nurse.
  • Assistant Nurse.
  • Auxilliary Nurse.
  • Nurse Support Worker.

Jackie Smith, the NMC’s Chief Executive and Registrar, has previously said;

“If individuals are calling themselves nurses and they are not on our register, then from a patient perspective that is quite worrying. Employers should not mislead patients into thinking the person in front of them is a registered nurse when they are not. They have a duty to make that clear to patients”.

Janet Davies, Chief Executive and General Secretary, said:

“Support workers play an extremely important role but there must always be a clear distinction between them and trained nurses.

“As the shortage of nurses begins to bite, the NHS is increasingly filling shifts with more unregistered care staff. They do not have the qualifications and training of registered nurses and it is unfair on the all sides, not least patients, when they replace more qualified staff.

“The Government must not allow nursing on the cheap. When the number of registered nurses on shift falls, it is patient outcomes and mortality rates that are adversely affected.”

Presently, only the title “Registered Nurse” is protected but staff are calling for the title “Nurse” to also be protected.

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MP insists nurses are already well paid compared to hairdressers, plumbers or carpenters

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An MP has come under fire for saying that nurses are already well paid when compared to hairdressers, plumbers and carpenters in his constituency.

During last weeks debate on scrapping the NHS pay cap, Conservative MP Eddie Hughes said he wanted to ‘bring some context’ to the argument and went on to say that NHS staff already have a good deal when compared to hairdressers, plumbers and carpenters in his Walsall constituency.

But, Hughes has come under fire from NHS staff with nurses reiterating the issue not just about pay. The significant real-terms has also caused many nurses to turn to food banks and caused further issues with staff recruitment and retention as student nurse numbers significantly are affected.

Valerie Vaz, the Labour MP for Walsall South, said his comments ‘echoed the government’s contempt for our NHS workers’ and went on to reiterate that nurses are being forced to use food banks to make ends meet and NHS.

Speaking in Parliament, Eddie Hughes, said;

“I completely welcome the hard work that is done by NHS staff up and down the country, but please let me bring some context to the debate.

“The average income in my constituency is £440 a week, which is approximately £23,000 a year. I intend to advocate on behalf of all my constituents, not just those who work in the public sector. The average salary in my constituency is £23,000, which is about the same as a qualified nurse starts on.

“Many workers in my constituency are employed as hairdressers, plumbers or carpenters, and what pay rise do they get? They have had to work hard every year for their pay, and when we make the comparison using other factors, such as pension schemes, we see that in order to earn the same sort of pension a plumber would need to be putting away 43 per cent of their salary. Yes, we value the public sector in this country, but the Conservatives value all the workers in this country.”

You can view Eddie Hughe’s speech here.

Mike Adams, regional director of the Royal College of Nursing in the West Midlands, said; “They deserve nothing less than fair pay. As it is, we know many nurses work over their hours without pay as a result of staying on after the scheduled end of their shift or working through their breaks to ensure patients are well cared-for”.

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