According to a poll by Nursing Times magazine, four in 10 nurses working outside hospitals are so afraid of knife crime that they want to be issued with stab-proof vests, and two thirds of community nurses said they also feared knife attacks.
Community nurses often travel alone treating people in their homes, and are said to be more at risk. Three years ago, the Government pledged that all NHS lone workers would be given a security alarm so they could covertly contact police if they were in danger.
Nurses are being told not to call older patients "dearie" or "love" as they are deemed as offensive under new guidelines from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
Nurses have been told to use patients' preferred names and should speak "courteously and respectfully" to ensure dignity in care according to the NMC recommendations.
The case of whistleblower Margaret Haywood has generated huge controversy. Miss Haywood, a 58 year old nurse from Liverpool, secretly filmed the goings-on at her hospital and exposed the neglect of elderly patients for a BBC Panorama documentary. She has since been struck off for misconduct by the Nursing and Midwifery Council after appearing before a disciplinary panel. What do you feel about whistle blowing in general and Miss Haywoodâ€™s case in particular? Does the punishment fit the crime?
The government is treating nurses like "airline cabin crew" and is undermining nurses' efforts to care for their patients with compassion, a university professor has said.
Damning evidence of failing hospital hygiene standards was published this week, with a quarter of NHS trusts failing to meet at least one of the government's standards on hygiene.
Rat, fleas, bedbugs, flies and cockroaches - damning figures released by the Conservatives show that 70 per cent of NHS Trusts bought in pest controllers at least 50 times each between January 2006 and March 2008.