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Nursing Standard
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ISSN (Print) 0029-6570
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  • Does your workplace know what matters to its nurses'
    • Abstract: Can finding out what really matters to staff help your organisation to thrive' That was the question at the heart of Steve McManus’s approach to leadership when he took over at the helm of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust almost three years ago.
      PubDate: 2019-10-30
       
  • Childhood obesity, train picnics and why we adults need to set an example
    • Abstract: Put your Kit Kat on the floor… step away with your hands up! You are caught snacking on the bus and it’s a fair cop.
      PubDate: 2019-10-30
       
  • Readers’ panel - Will evidence of inadequate care force government
           action on nurse shortages'
    • Abstract: Our experts consider a hot topic of the day
      PubDate: 2019-10-30
       
  • Students must learn about mental health
    • Abstract: The removal of training bursaries for nursing students generated much publicity. Less newsworthy, but of equal importance, was the simultaneous removal of existing controls on nursing student numbers, a policy implemented to deregulate the higher education market for nurse training.
      PubDate: 2019-10-30
       
  • Why community nursing is not just for older nurses
    • Abstract: At the end of my first year of nurse training, I had a clinical placement with a community nursing team. I loved working with them and went away from this placement thinking that this was the type of nursing I wanted to do.
      PubDate: 2019-10-30
       
  • On the register but ‘out of practice’'
    • Abstract: When NHS England published the interim NHS People Plan this summer, encouraging nurses who have left the profession to return to practice was identified as a priority in tackling the nursing workforce crisis.
      PubDate: 2019-10-30
       
  • Calling time on a culture of silence
    • Abstract: With almost half of the UK nursing workforce aged 41 or over, it’s likely that many will be in the throes of menopause or perimenopause now or in the near future.
      PubDate: 2019-10-30
       
  • Who’s helping nurses through menopause'
    • Abstract: Women aged 45 to 55, the core menopausal years, form the largest single age group on the nursing register.
      PubDate: 2019-10-30
       
  • The toll emotional labour is taking on nurses’ mental health
    • Abstract: It used to be a common complaint among nurses – after years of lifting and bending – that our lower backs suffered. Indeed, my generation of nurses would often shrug off back pain as an ‘occupational hazard’ and find our new friends at yoga classes or the chiropractor.
      PubDate: 2019-10-30
       
  • How to avoid feeling undermined by other people’s negativity
    • Abstract: My working day began with a video conference – me in one city and others in another. I was early, so after setting up my laptop and organising my paperwork I dialled in, only to find I couldn’t connect.
      PubDate: 2019-10-30
       
  • Menopause: why nurses need change
    • Abstract: Have you ever talked to someone at work about the menopause'
      PubDate: 2019-10-30
       
  • When pain relief just isn’t enough
    • Abstract: New research from Dignity in Dying has uncovered a shocking reality: that even if there was universal access to the best possible hospice care, every day in the UK 17 people would die with absolutely no relief of their pain.
      PubDate: 2019-10-30
       
  • Why mouth care matters
    • Abstract: Mouth problems, including a dry or painful mouth, infections and changes in taste, are all common issues in dying patients. Maintaining oral health is an essential part of good care in the final weeks and days of life, but expert nurses warn it is an area that is frequently neglected
      PubDate: 2019-10-30
       
  • Understanding patients’ human rights helps you weigh ethical
           dilemmas
    • Abstract: Picture the scene. You’re working on a general medical ward in a busy hospital.
      PubDate: 2019-10-30
       
  • How to approach the difficult topic of death
    • Abstract: Compassionate communication is fundamental to nursing. Yet when it comes to breaking bad news or talking through potentially life-changing results with patients and their families, it is common for nurses to feel ill-equipped.
      PubDate: 2019-10-30
       
  • RCN members ‘need to be controlled’
    • Abstract: The RCN has been told by the government to bring its members ‘under control’ because their voice is getting ‘too loud’, the college’s general secretary has claimed.
      PubDate: 2019-10-30
       
  • Suspended jail term for sick-pay fraud
    • Abstract: An NHS mental health nurse who ran a private Botox business while on paid sick leave has been spared jail after admitting fraud and forgery.
      PubDate: 2019-10-30
       
  • The blood disorders that nursing students are failing to learn about
    • Abstract: One in five universities is failing to educate nursing students on two potentially life-threatening blood conditions, a Nursing Standard investigation has found.
      PubDate: 2019-10-30
       
  • The search is on for RCN Nurse of the Year 2020
    • Abstract: Could you be the Nurse of the Year in the year of the nurse' The search for the RCN Nurse of the Year 2020 has begun.
      PubDate: 2019-10-30
       
  • Sepsis Six: update stresses need for early senior clinical assessment
    • Abstract: The Sepsis Six screening tool has been updated to help nurses and other staff boost survival rates by recognising sepsis more quickly.
      PubDate: 2019-10-30
       
  • Iron deficiency anaemia in adults: what to look for and what to ask
    • Abstract: Essential information Iron deficiency is the most common form of anaemia and affects an estimated 2 billion people worldwide.
      PubDate: 2019-10-30
       
  • Transfusion may be a common procedure but it can end in disaster
    • Abstract: With around 2.5 million units of blood components transfused in the UK each year, it’s a relatively common and safe nursing procedure – but errors are potentially catastrophic.
      PubDate: 2019-10-30
       
  • How to prevent clots in EDTA blood tubes
    • Abstract: In the haematology laboratory, we often receive queries from clinical colleagues about decisions we have made, such as rejecting a sample or being unable to provide a result.
      PubDate: 2019-10-30
       
  • The accusation no nurse ever wants to face
    • Abstract: Indemnity insurance – those two words hold huge significance for every NMC registrant.
      PubDate: 2019-10-30
       
  • Promoting recruitment by rebranding the image of nursing
    • Abstract: Understanding the factors that can influence people to pursue a career in nursing is essential for healthcare service managers, human resource professionals and nurse educators, particularly given the global shortage of nurses. There is evidence that the public perception of nursing can be negatively influenced by the media and nursing
      PubDate: 2019-10-24
       
  • Role of the nurse consultant in infection prevention and control
    • Abstract: The role of nurse consultant was established in 1999 as part of the national ‘Making a Difference’ nursing strategy. This article explores the qualities and skills required to successfully undertake the role, and uses important aspects of the author’s experience of being a clinical nurse consultant in infection prevention and
      PubDate: 2019-10-24
       
  • Understanding the role of chaplains in supporting patients and healthcare
           staff
    • Abstract: Aim To investigate attitudes towards chaplaincy in NHS Scotland, including the role of the chaplain in supporting healthcare staff. Method This was a qualitative study that involved semi-structured interviews with four chaplains working throughout NHS Scotland. The research transcripts were analysed, and themes were identified and examined. Findings Two main
      PubDate: 2019-10-24
       
  • Use of blood components in clinical practice
    • Abstract: Blood component transfusion is a procedure undertaken by nurses across a range of clinical specialties. An understanding of why blood components are used, and the appropriate use of these components, is essential for all nurses involved in the transfusion process to ensure that transfusions are safe and effective, as well
      PubDate: 2019-10-24
       
  • Respecting the ethical principle of autonomy in end of life care decisions
    • Abstract: There is a range of ethical, legal and professional issues associated with end of life care and the decisions made by healthcare professionals. The complexity of such decisions may lead healthcare professionals to question whether they have fulfilled their ethical, legal and professional duties towards the patients they care for.
      PubDate: 2019-10-24
       
  • Readers’ panel - Would protected mealtimes help tackle the obesity
           crisis in the nursing workforce'
    • Abstract: Our experts consider a hot topic of the day
      PubDate: 2019-10-02
       
  • NMC’s new standards will change your role
    • Abstract: The first students have embarked on newly approved nurse education programmes designed to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) new proficiency standards.
      PubDate: 2019-10-02
       
  • Nurses are crying out for honesty about mental health
    • Abstract: It was a heartfelt blog from a senior nurse that sparked a trust-wide conversation about mental health at Leeds Community Healthcare. Writing on the trust’s internal website, the nurse spoke about her struggles with mental health – and the response was electrifying.
      PubDate: 2019-10-02
       
  • Is racism in the NHS being tackled effectively – or is it getting
           worse'
    • Abstract: The NHS was built on, and continues to depend on, a diverse workforce. Yet the proportion of staff from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds in England who reported incidents of discrimination rose from 13.8% to 15% between 2017 and 2018.
      PubDate: 2019-10-02
       
  • The power of BAME nurses’ bright ideas
    • Abstract: A new report celebrates healthcare innovators from black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, and encourages others to follow in their footsteps.
      PubDate: 2019-10-02
       
  • I tell overseas nurses ‘you can do it’ – I did
    • Abstract: Internationally recruited nurses can feel overwhelmed when they first arrive in the UK but, at a Northamptonshire trust, one nurse has lived experience of what it takes to help them settle in.
      PubDate: 2019-10-02
       
  • LGBT nurses can fight prejudice with Pride
    • Abstract: Earlier this year, I did something I have never done before. It isn’t often I get to do something new at my age, but this summer I marched at London Pride openly as a nurse.
      PubDate: 2019-10-02
       
  • Does the LGBTQI+ label help or hinder'
    • Abstract: This is the 50th year since the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village, New York City.
      PubDate: 2019-10-02
       
  • Learning the value of providing a good handover
    • Abstract: In my second year as a mental health nursing student, I was on placement on an older people’s acute mental health ward. The ward had 14 patients and information about every patient was handed over at the end of each shift by one of the nurses.
      PubDate: 2019-10-02
       
  • Making time to ‘defuse’ during difficult shifts
    • Abstract: Essential information Making time for nursing teams to reflect on challenging or difficult situations and ‘defuse’ can support their psychological well-being and enhance their self-care and management, according to the RCN.
      PubDate: 2019-10-02
       
  • How to stop rude colleagues ruining your day
    • Abstract: Good communication between colleagues is fundamental to high quality care and underpins safe nursing practice – yet all too often communication can prove ineffectual or even damaging.
      PubDate: 2019-10-02
       
  • Social media: when mob mentality takes over and nurses turn on nurses
    • Abstract: High-profile cases, where hospitals are involved in ethically complex treatment decisions, can lead to their staff being caught up in a media frenzy.
      PubDate: 2019-10-02
       
  • The nursing shortage in close-up
    • Abstract: Tell anyone outside the NHS that nurses can work an entire shift without even a sip of water and they’ll look at you in disbelief.
      PubDate: 2019-10-02
       
  • Is having the flu jab a moral duty, or a private matter'
    • Abstract: Almost half of nurses (46%) in a Nursing Standard survey back mandatory flu jabs for healthcare staff.
      PubDate: 2019-10-02
       
  • Lyme disease: updated NICE guidance
    • Abstract: Essential information Erythema migrans is a skin rash associated specifically with Lyme disease and is present in approximately two thirds of all cases. Often described as looking like a ‘bullseye’, it is a spreading red rash that usually appears one to four weeks following a bite by an infected tick.
      PubDate: 2019-10-02
       
  • E. coli infection: What you can do to reduce the risks
    • Abstract: The healthcare-associated infections meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile hit the headlines 15 years ago. With these bugs threatening the lives of patients, government targets and a focus on hygiene and infection prevention in hospitals significantly reduced the number of cases.
      PubDate: 2019-10-02
       
  • Stop blaming the anti-vax bogeyman
    • Abstract: In 2017 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the UK measles free. Last month, it had no option but to withdraw that status. This downgrade was possibly inevitable with the rise of cases across Europe and the world, but in the UK we’ve seen the number of cases triple between
      PubDate: 2019-10-02
       
  • Nurse of the Year a ‘local hero’, says PM
    • Abstract: The RCN Nurse of the Year has been described as a ‘local hero’ by prime minister Boris Johnson.
      PubDate: 2019-10-02
       
  • RCN urges public to fight for safe staffing
    • Abstract: The RCN has urged the public to back its campaign for a nurse safe staffing law in England, warning that shortages endanger patient safety.
      PubDate: 2019-10-02
       
  • Preventing and treating surgical site infections
    • Abstract: Essential information According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), at least 5% of patients having a surgical procedure will develop a surgical site infection (SSI), yet most are preventable. Infections range in severity from wound discharge, happening within 7-10 days of an operation, to a life-threatening
      PubDate: 2019-10-02
       
  • Correct use of gloves and how to protect the skin
    • Abstract: Essential information Hand hygiene is an essential part of safe nursing care. Wearing gloves is part of good hand hygiene, but inappropriate use of gloves can lead to work-related contact dermatitis on nurses’ hands.
      PubDate: 2019-10-02
       
  • Chronic wounds: treating the cause rather than simply covering it with a
           dressing
    • Abstract: Una Adderley was one week into her first community nursing post when she met the patient who would shape her career. The woman had leg ulcers, and it was the horror of what the young nurse saw – and the helplessness she felt – that ignited her passion for wound
      PubDate: 2019-10-02
       
  • Language requirements for overseas nurses eased
    • Abstract: The government has scrapped its language test for overseas nurses.
      PubDate: 2019-10-02
       
  • Government pledges £1,000 a head for professional development
    • Abstract: Every nurse providing NHS services in England has been promised a £1,000 continued professional development (CPD) fund, spread over three years.
      PubDate: 2019-10-02
       
  • No time even for a sip of water: ‘inhumane’ shifts risking
           nurses’ health
    • Abstract: Eight out of ten nurses have gone an entire shift without a single drink of water, with more than half saying it happens at least once a week, an exclusive survey for Nursing Standard has revealed.
      PubDate: 2019-10-02
       
  • Undertaking a person-centred assessment of patients with chronic wounds
    • Abstract: Wounds have traditionally been classified as acute or chronic. While this classification is useful when attempting to estimate healing times, it might lead to an acceptance that some wounds will take longer to heal or might not heal at all. Chronic wounds can adversely affect patients’ quality of life, and
      PubDate: 2019-09-27
       
  • How to measure a patient’s temperature non-invasively
    • Abstract: Rationale and key points Temperature is a vital sign that is included in all early warning scoring tools and as part of patient observations. This article outlines the main non-invasive methods that can be used to measure a patient’s temperature.• Temperature is important in establishing a baseline to evaluate treatment,
      PubDate: 2019-09-27
       
  • Enhancing the care of patients with sickle cell disease
    • Abstract: When typically round red blood cells intermittently elongate and become lodged in the body’s microcirculation, this can result in painful vaso-occlusive crises, often referred to as ‘sickle cell crises’. The sickling and unsickling process can result in acute pain, chronic anaemia, ischaemic injury and multiple organ damage. One of the
      PubDate: 2019-09-27
       
  • Understanding the benefits and risks of nursing students engaging with
           online social media
    • Abstract: E-professionalism is defined as the competence and values expected of professionals when engaged in online communication, and is a rapidly expanding area of nursing practice. The use of online social media is popular among nursing students, some of whom have created online platforms for peer support and influence. There are
      PubDate: 2019-09-27
       
  • Preventing medical device-related skin damage
    • Abstract: While medical technology is continuing to improve healthcare outcomes and quality of life for patients, the number of people affected by medical device-related skin damage is increasing. In many cases, life-preserving medical devices used in interventions such as nasal continuous positive airway pressure or oxygen therapy can cause significant skin
      PubDate: 2019-09-27
       
  • Readers’ panel - Should hospitals employ people to enforce smoking bans
           – even in parked cars'
    • Abstract: Our experts consider a hot topic of the day
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
       
  • Compassion should be the NMC’s byword
    • Abstract: Treating people with kindness, respect and compassion sounds simple, yet it is something many organisations struggle to do. Too often we focus on process and forget about the people involved.
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
       
  • Blame culture: How to make a change in your workplace
    • Abstract: When something goes wrong, a simple shift in language can make all the difference. Instead of asking ‘who’s to blame'’ or ‘what did you do'’, try asking ‘what happened'’ and ‘what were the circumstances'’. This can be the key to improving patient care as well as the lives of healthcare
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
       
  • Welcome to our hugely rewarding profession
    • Abstract: Congratulations on your decision to pursue a career in nursing, and welcome to one of the most diverse professions in the world. This journey will not be easy, but it will be worthwhile.
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
       
  • Student finance: what you need to know before starting your degree
    • Abstract: If you are embarking on a nursing degree this autumn, you are in good company.
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
       
  • New approach to nurse education affects every registrant – but are
           you ready'
    • Abstract: With fundamental changes to how nursing students are trained coming in September, the effects will be felt across the profession.
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
       
  • What I wish I’d known in my first year as a student
    • Abstract: As I begin the final year of my nursing degree, many of you will just be starting out on your nursing journey. So to all new first-year students, welcome to one of the most exciting and diverse professions in the world.
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
       
  • Are we losing the battle with nursing student attrition'
    • Abstract: Attrition on nursing degrees is stubbornly high, with one in four (24%) students dropping out of their studies – which is a similar level to last year.
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
       
  • Students need our support to thrive
    • Abstract: Tens of thousands of students will take up a place this month on nursing degree programmes. This is something to be celebrated.
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
       
  • Giving continence support to people with dementia
    • Abstract: Health and social care staff have a vital role in managing continence for people in a variety of settings.
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
       
  • We must all be able to count on a suitable loo
    • Abstract: Most of us don’t think twice about getting to a loo when we are in a public place, despite the fact that it isn’t always easy to find somewhere on the high street or when travelling, and the queues can be long. However, for some people finding a loo that
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
       
  • Improving care for patients who have catheters
    • Abstract: Essential information Continence is one of the fundamentals of nursing care and maintaining continence can help safeguard a patient’s quality of life.
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
       
  • How to ask about bowel problems – and why it matters to patients
    • Abstract: Perhaps it is because it is something that most of us, from toddler upwards, have done alone and behind closed doors, but people are not good at talking about poo. That means that when something goes wrong with our bowels, many of us don’t seek help and, indeed, aren’t even
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
       
  • Nursing associate trainee puts CPR skills to the test to save crash
           victim’s life
    • Abstract: A quick-thinking trainee nursing associate has been praised for saving the life of a man involved in a car crash close to her home.
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
       
  • Row over change to shift patterns
    • Abstract: Changes to shift patterns for nurses at Leighton Hospital could compromise the health and well-being of staff, the RCN has warned.
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
       
  • Pain management: Steps for better care and faster recovery after surgery
    • Abstract: For patients having surgery, managing their pain is key to a speedy and full recovery – and nurses play a pivotal role in assessing and treating pain.
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
       
  • NMC reveals suicide data for fitness to practise cases
    • Abstract: Four registrants have died by suicide while under investigation by the nursing regulator since April 2018, according to the organisation’s annual Fitness to Practise (FtP) report.
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
       
  • Regulator’s standard letter will now say ‘thank you’ to
           nurses
    • Abstract: The nursing regulator will change the wording of a registration letter following complaints it strikes an ungrateful tone.
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
       
  • Want to quit your job' Here’s how the NHS is trying to change
           your mind
    • Abstract: Ever thought of leaving your job, or even the NHS altogether' A programme being rolled out across England aims to convince nurses to stay.
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
       
  • Development of a tool to support managers in planning and evaluating staff
           training
    • Abstract: Aim To explore decision-making and evaluation strategies used by healthcare managers in relation to staff training and education, and to develop a tool to support managers with these tasks. Method Using snowball sampling, 30 healthcare managers in a variety of healthcare settings were recruited and interviewed using semi-structured interviews. Data
      PubDate: 2019-08-31
       
  • Use of pain scales and observational pain assessment tools in hospital
           settings
    • Abstract: Pain is a personal, individual and subjective experience. The complex and dynamic nature of pain makes its assessment and management challenging for healthcare professionals. Various pain scales are available that can assist in identifying the patient’s experience of pain; however, these tend to reduce this experience to a measure of
      PubDate: 2019-08-31
       
  • Improving nursing students’ experience of clinical placements
    • Abstract: Clinical placements can present a significant challenge for nursing students, since the learning environment differs from that of the classroom, involving potential risks and complicated interpersonal and interprofessional relationships. The array of decisions required on clinical placements can be confusing for nursing students, which can cause them to doubt their
      PubDate: 2019-08-31
       
  • Assessment and management of chronic pain
    • Abstract: Chronic pain can have significant physical, psychological and social effects on a person’s life, as well as on their families and friends. However, it is often not well-recognised or understood, which can lead to further harm. Therefore, an individualised, person-centred approach to chronic pain is essential to accurately assess pain
      PubDate: 2019-08-31
       
  • Prevention and management of urinary catheter blockages in community
           settings
    • Abstract: Self-management of long-term urinary catheters can be challenging for patients, and recurrent catheter blockages may cause concern among patients, carers and healthcare professionals. Catheter blockages are a significant challenge for nurses practising in community settings, because frequent and unplanned catheter changes can be costly to healthcare services in terms of
      PubDate: 2019-08-31
       
 
 
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