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CLiniCaL eye The best we can be Time spent on you own development is necessary investment, says Ishbel Straker we cannot continue to ride on the wave of ‘how we have always done things...’ www.drinkanddrugsnews.com It’s that time of year again, when we are appraised and more importantly have the opportunity to appraise ourselves. This is a rare moment in our nursing life, but one which is incredibly valuable. We are given the space to consider how the previous 12 months have gone and how you would like things to pan out over the following 12 months for the benefit of your learning capacity and for client care. This is a time when we can look at how best we, as individuals can empower ourselves to be the best we can be for those in our clinical spheres. I spend a lot of time thinking about this for the nurses under my care, planning out training and CPD sessions over the 12-month trajectory, considering trends within the addiction field and how we can equip the nurses to best manage them. It is easy to look at this for others, but if you asked me the last time I considered my learning needs I would be searching for the answer. Why is that? Well, I would suggest it is because we as nurses are a selfless race of professionals. Now don’t get me wrong when I say this, we absolutely have our faults and I could spend days listing them for you but I’m sure you have your own list to look at! I mean selfless because that is what we are conditioned to be throughout our training – to think of our patients before ourselves, to feed our patients before ourselves, to hydrate our patients before ourselves, to toilet our patients before ourselves. Now this is all well and good. However, there are negative implications to this in the form of our own self-worth and development. We need to reflect on our abilities, the changing demographics and our competency levels within this. We cannot continue to ride on the wave of ‘how we have always done things’, but instead become focused on innovation – which means, as difficult as it may feel, looking inwardly at our own learning potential. I appreciate that there are financial and time constraints within services, but this year, at appraisal, be prepared with your own ideas and personal development plan. Be what you may feel is a little selfish, because I promise, in the bigger picture, the client is still at the centre. Ishbel Straker is a clinical director, registered mental health nurse, independent nurse prescriber and board member of IntANSA MEDIA SAVVY The news, and the skews, in the national media PRESIDENT TRUMP has declared that his administration is getting serious about the opioid epidemic several times since taking office. But he has repeatedly failed to offer a substantive plan – and he has floated at least a few truly absurd ideas. He did it again this week. The president went on at length about his preposterous proposal to fight the scourge of drugs by executing drug dealers – an idea that many experts say would not stand up in court and would do little to end this epidemic… It was Mr Trump playing his greatest ‘law and order’ hits – as usual, full of sound and fury but signifying nothing. New York Times editorial, 20 March IT WOULD BE WRONG TO LEGALISE recreational cannabis use, particularly given the evidence that excessive use can cause mental health problems. But that should not prevent scientists and doctors from developing useful medicines to help people who are suffering. Scotsman editorial, 17 March SO LONG AS WE LEAVE decisions on drugs that are both medicines and recreational substances to the Home Office we won’t progress, as they seem unable or unwilling to see beyond their failed ‘ban everything’ strategy. David Nutt, Spectator, 19 March HEPATITIS C could be the UK’s next big public health success story. But if we want to eliminate it by 2025 we need a concerted and coordinated effort to find undiagnosed patients and treat them. This is the biggest obstacle we face so it requires everyone to join forces, from homelessness and drug and alcohol charities to GPs and public health directors, and from sexual health clinicians to prison staff. I welcome the approach that NHS England is taking to identify those living with the virus and our work must be carefully coordinated to ensure no areas lose out. Vulnerable patients should be automatically tested at their GP, while testing should also be readily available at sexual heal F6Ɩ70B&6W2( 2Bw7BFP&6VF7FWfR'FW"FVVw&#&64RU4U%2֖vB&R&P7W66WF&RFFW'2FFRG&bFF7F'WBB5'FƖ@FW'2ƖR&RBFRw&`V6G&&RF6V6RFB2F&Rf"FV"vW2FW&PBf7F2BBFW6wBVFVЧF&RG&VFVB2VW72V&@FRW&7bFV"vFW6&RF2vR66WBbFF7F2F6V6R&vFVBFRU2BfW'rvvW&RBv2676fVB07V66FBVR6VBvWB@6fW&VB'FV"VF67W&6PƖ6W2bBv2F6V6RvVBFP&V6rFVR6VBvW@G&VFVBf"BBFVR6V@vWBFBG&VFVBBf"आvWfW"B2W"66R2GV@vWFW""BR7vrFPG&BvW7BFRG'Vw2F@W6W&&FRW"6FFद"#2&6&#G&FG'Vw6Ww2