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   ISSN (Print) 0029-6570
   Published by RCNi Homepage  [10 journals]
  • Peer social support training in UK prisons
    • Abstract: Aim To undertake a service evaluation to assess the effect of peer social support training using two separate learning programmes, which were designed to assist prisoners to support older prisoners and prisoners with disabilities. Method The service evaluation used an action research approach to support planning, delivery and data collection.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Role of clinical practice educators in an integrated community and mental
           health NHS foundation trust
    • Abstract: Clinical practice educators (CPEs) aim to provide support and education to clinical staff and students to improve their professional practice. This article examines the work of a team of six CPEs, who were employed by one large integrated mental health and community health NHS foundation trust that incorporates both mental
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Undertaking drug calculations for oral medicines and suppositories
    • Abstract: Nurses are required to demonstrate knowledge and competence in undertaking drug calculations as part of their practice. This article aims to assist nurses in identifying their competence in undertaking drug calculations for oral medications and suppositories. Although nurses enter their professional register with an assessed level of medicines competence, nursing
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Scheme to ease capital’s recruitment problems
    • Abstract: A preceptorship framework has been launched for nurses working in London.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Story in numbers
    • Abstract: Soaring bill for urgent hospital repairs in England
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • ‘Public sector pay rises in Wales must be funded by UK
           government’
    • Abstract: The £50 million cost of providing pay rises for health professionals in Wales must be covered by the UK government, the country’s secretary for health insists.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • nursingstandard.com
    • PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Principles drawn up to bolster district nurse teams
    • Abstract: Guidance has been launched to help employers plan the size and skill mix of district nurse teams in Wales.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Stress and anxiety driving nursing students to seek support
    • Abstract: Almost one in three UK nursing students who seek support from university services have anxiety, stress or depression, an exclusive Nursing Standard investigation reveals. Of the 2,713 nursing students who contacted university support services, including counselling, in the past year, 818 were experiencing one of the three conditions. In comparison,
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Noticeboard
    • Abstract: Courses, events, grants, and awards to progress your career
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Around the world
    • Abstract: International nursing conferences and events.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Acid attacks
    • Abstract: Essential facts New first-aid guidance to help acid attack victims has been published by the NHS and burns professionals.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Computer finds colorectal cancer risk by checking patients’ records
    • Abstract: A computer algorithm could reduce the need for invasive tests to detect colorectal cancer.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Gap identified in specialist end of life care for people with dementia
    • Abstract: People with dementia receive little specialist support at the end of their life despite high levels of need, a study says.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Risk of chlamydia linked to presence of bacterial strain
    • Abstract: Researchers sat they have found a link between a type of bacteria in the vagina and risk of contracting chlamydia.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Keeping a diary may benefit people who hear voices
    • Abstract: People who hear voices may benefit from keeping a diary to record their experiences.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Schoolchildren may be demotivated by wearing health and fitness trackers
    • Abstract: Health and fitness tracking devices can have a negative effect on children of secondary school age, researchers say.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Care dashboard acts as early warning system
    • Abstract: How do you respond to a tragedy where there has been loss of life and where the quality of nursing has, in some measures, been lacking' How do you ensure that you learn from it – and put measures in place to prevent something similar happening in the future'
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Trusts need to listen more closely
    • Abstract: How many nurses would recognise their own organisation as well-led' Does what happens at board level filter down to wards and clinics – and do concerns and good practice examples filter back up' Are nurses enabled to make improvements – or are they pushed to one side'
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Progress in sexual health threatened by spending cuts
    • Abstract: Cuts to public health budgets have left local authorities struggling to keep up with a 25% increase in demand for sexual health services over the past five years, according to the Local Government Association, which warns that services are now at a tipping point.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Don’t knock ‘obvious’ research on staff levels
    • Abstract: Decades of research have established beyond doubt that there is an association between registered nurse (RN) staffing levels and mortality rates. We have hypothesised, but not previously tested, that ‘missed care’ may be the reason that low RN staffing is related to patient risk of death in hospital, and that
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Digital diagnosis
    • Abstract: Providing diagnosis, treatment or care advice via social media, including by text and email, can be fraught with issues. If it is purely a social media contact, you may not know who the person is, their age or any past medical history. Even if you know the person outside of
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • It’s our duty to help students blossom safely
    • Abstract: New nursing students will soon get their first experience of working in our communities and on our wards. This year will see a wider range of students, as well as a potential increase in numbers as more apprentices join established university students.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • When to look for signs of IPF
    • Abstract: More people die from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis than are killed on the roads each year, but few nurses or doctors have much experience of the disease.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • It’s degree-educated, registered professionals we really need, Mr
           Hunt
    • Abstract: We need more nurses. You knew that already, and so did I, but finally England’s health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has reached the same conclusion. The only danger is that Mr Hunt’s definition of a nurse may differ from yours and mine.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • ‘Duty of care’ extends to staff
    • Abstract: What is happening as a result of poor staffing levels is completely unacceptable (Urgent patient safety review urged after nurses blow the whistle on staffing shortages, news online).
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • I dread work due to staff shortages
    • Abstract: What has happened with staffing levels is so sad for the nursing profession. I used to love going to work, but now I dread it; I cannot remember the last time our emergency department was fully staffed.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Keep blowing the whistle on staff shortages
    • Abstract: Well done to all of you who blew the whistle on poor staffing levels as part of the RCN survey. Take care of yourselves.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • A numbers game
    • Abstract: Jeremy Hunt announced a 25% increase in student numbers last week (Don’t use rise in nursing student places to plug rota gaps, news online).
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Will new student places be filled'
    • Abstract: It’s all well and good creating the places for students, but will they get filled' And where do we magic up extra placements and mentors from'
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Focus needs to be on retention
    • Abstract: Who will be the mentors and preceptors' It’s okay recruiting, but it’s the retaining they need to focus on.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Experience counts
    • Abstract: I’m 64 and still going, and still love it (Hundreds of nurses and midwives aged over 70, NMC reveals, news online). We need to pass our experience on to the young ones.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • I still love caring for patients
    • Abstract: I’m in my sixties and still working. I love the job on the patient side, but I hate all the paperwork and I feel it’s not the job I signed up for. It breaks my heart.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Tweets of the week
    • Abstract: Nurses on Twitter
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Readers’ panel - Will the NHS cope with this year’s winter
           pressures'
    • Abstract: Our experts consider a hot topic of the day
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • A bit of banter can lift the spirits – and it’s not always
           annoying
    • Abstract: As nurses, we are taught to listen to patients. Being ever alert to the way they breathe, how they move and what they say becomes a habit. But you don’t always hear what you want to hear.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Oxford Handbook of Midwifery (Third edition)
    • Abstract: Updated for the third time, this revised edition covers new developments in addition to best practice in midwifery from conception and antenatal support through to labour and postnatal care. The journey for the mother and baby from conception to birth and after is portrayed in an easy to read and
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Routledge Handbook of Clinical Supervision
    • Abstract: This book explores clinical supervision in a language appropriate to novice health professionals and experienced researchers alike. The authors define terms associated with clinical supervision that are often misunderstood.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Coping with Diverticulitis: Soothe and Heal Your Gut
    • Abstract: This book provides a comprehensive look at all aspects of the disease.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Student life - Don’t get too worried about finding your first job
    • Abstract: As a nursing student I was never offered a job at the end of a placement. I worked hard, and took every opportunity that came my way, but the offers didn’t come.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Nervous patient taught me to listen
    • Abstract: In my second year as a nursing student I worked in an adult surgical unit, where I admitted a female patient with anxiety and depression, who was having a tonsillectomy.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • The anxiety demon: letting go of ‘what if’
    • Abstract: Ruminating over what might have happened (if you hadn’t spotted patient X was trying to get out of bed) or worrying about what might happen in the future (‘I’m so tired – what happens if I make an error with medication'’) can become an addictive pattern that will leave you
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Wimbledon to welly burn: the variety of volunteering
    • Abstract: Volunteering for St John Ambulance gives nurses a chance to care for patients in a range of unique settings, including major sporting fixtures, music festivals and even local flower shows.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Put your head above the parapet
    • Abstract: After qualifying as a nurse in Bristol in 1987, Catherine Howell worked in gynaecology and end of life care. She has spent 25 years with NHS Blood and Transplant in senior nursing and management roles, and is chief nurse, diagnostic and therapeutic services. She was awarded an OBE this year
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Effective handovers
    • Abstract: What was the nature of the CPD activity, practice-related feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice' The article explored the role of handovers in healthcare settings, including the various types and functions, the structured frameworks that can be used, and the potential effects of an ineffective handover.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Practice nurse always made time for my husband’s wound care
    • Abstract: My husband Michael had a tumour that had grown out of his leg just below the groin. The tumour had burst and was weeping and needed dressing, but I had been told I should not touch it.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • End of life
    • Abstract: An animated film and booklet called Let’s Talk About Death and Dying have been produced to support families and healthcare professionals.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Concern over salary burden of nursing apprenticeships
    • Abstract: About a dozen universities have been given a share in a £4.9 million fund to enable them to develop nursing degree apprenticeships with NHS employers.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Chief nurse’s BME strategic advisory group branches out to determine
           regional issues
    • Abstract: A group of eminent nurses who champion black and minority ethnic (BME) nurses and patients in England is setting up a series of regional networks to increase understanding of local concerns.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Schools permitted to buy backup EpiPens
    • Abstract: A change in the law means UK schools can now purchase adrenaline auto-injectors to be kept as spares for children with serious allergies.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • News in brief
    • Abstract: A roundup of the latest nursing news
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • ‘Don’t use rise in student numbers to plug rota gaps’
    • Abstract: A 25% increase in nursing student places must not be used to shore up short-staffed rotas, the RCN said.
      PubDate: 2017-10-11
       
  • Prevention, recognition and management of delirium in patients who are
           critically ill
    • Abstract: Delirium is common in patients who are critically ill, often resulting in extended hospital stays and increased mortality and morbidity. There are several subtypes of delirium, which are often undiagnosed and untreated, resulting in suboptimal patient outcomes. This article examines delirium in patients in the intensive care unit, including its
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • The medicines refrigerator and the importance of the cold chain in the
           safe storage of medicines
    • Abstract: The medicines refrigerator is a common piece of equipment found in clinical areas. It is used to ensure specific medicines are safely stored within a narrow temperature range in line with manufacturers’ instructions; this is usually between +2˚C and +8˚C, and ideally +5˚C. Drugs stored in the medicines refrigerator include:
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • District nursing hit by fall in student numbers
    • Abstract: The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) has expressed concern about the future of the district nursing workforce, following its latest report on education.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Story in numbers
    • Abstract: Nurses face barriers to delivering compassionate care, according to University of Birmingham research
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • ‘Placement taught me nursing is about so much more than technical
           skills’
    • Abstract: A nursing student who helped care for a newborn with a rare skin condition has been nominated for an award.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • New standards for senior general practice nurses
    • Abstract: A new set of voluntary standards for senior general practice nurses has been drawn up by the QNI and QNI Scotland.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • nursingstandard.com
    • Abstract: The most popular news stories from Nursing Standard.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Everyone stands to gain from diversity in leadership
    • Abstract: A lack of black and minority ethnic (BME) nurses in senior positions has long been an issue for the NHS. BME staff make up more than a third of Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registrants, according to the regulator’s latest annual equality and diversity report, 2015-16, yet their representation in
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Noticeboard
    • Abstract: Courses, events, grants, and awards to progress your career
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Around the world
    • Abstract: International nursing events and conferences.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • RCN toolkit for school nurses
    • Abstract: Essential facts School nurses, or specialist community public health nurses, are qualified nurses or midwives with specialist graduate-level education in community health and the health needs of school-age children and young people.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Dirty air is a bigger health risk than medical scan radiation
    • Abstract: The health risks from modern life such as air pollution and smoking are higher than low-level radiation exposure received in medical scans.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Confrontations at GP surgeries on rise due to service pressures
    • Abstract: Staff at GP surgeries are facing increasing levels of violence, harassment and threatening behaviour, an investigation found.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Brain pressure remedy found in common diabetes drug
    • Abstract: A drug commonly used to treat patients with obesity or type 2 diabetes could be used as a new way to lower brain pressure.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Bigger waist-to-hip ratio holds clue to breast cancer type
    • Abstract: Women with excess abdominal fat are at higher risk of developing a type of breast cancer that is harder to treat, compared with those who have general obesity or widespread fat accumulation.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Connections to support networks are vital for teenagers’ mental
           health
    • Abstract: Teenagers who lack a sense of belonging to social groups such as in their family, with friends or at school are more likely to have mental health problems, research suggests.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • A quest for equality
    • Abstract: In August 2016, East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) became the first in the country to have a black and minority ethnic (BME) chief executive and chair, both of whom are women.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • A legacy of inclusion for future generations
    • Abstract: The much-publicised statue of Mary Seacole has been standing proudly outside St Thomas’ Hospital in central London for just over a year. The bronze sculpture of the Jamaican-born nurse, which faces the Houses of Parliament across the Thames, was unveiled in June last year after more than 12 years of
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • The great NHS sell-off
    • Abstract: What do an air-raid shelter, a cricket pitch and a kitchen garden have in common' They are all on a list of nearly 500 NHS-owned sites that have been declared ‘surplus to requirements’ and deemed suitable to be sold off.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Evidence on inequality can no longer be ignored
    • Abstract: Black History Month 2017 coincides with the anniversary of my 40th year in the NHS. When I started my nurse training at Central Middlesex Hospital (CMH) in 1977, the senior lecturer in the school of nursing was Mr Adigun, a proud Nigerian, and there were also a lot of people
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Released under licence
    • Abstract: All medicines go through clinical drug trials as part of their licensing procedure. If a drug has not undergone clinical trials, it is classed as an unlicensed medicine. Medicines are licensed to show which conditions they can be used for, the normal doses, the form the medicine takes (such as
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Take an active role in the One You campaign
    • Abstract: The latest element of Public Health England’s One You campaign encourages adults to get more active by incorporating ten minutes of brisk walking into their daily lives.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Black blood donors needed to tackle sickle cell disease
    • Abstract: Every year in the UK, 200,000 new blood donors are needed to maintain life-saving blood supplies and ensure we have the right mix of blood groups to meet the needs of patients.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Nursing has long strides to make on the road to equality
    • Abstract: The celebration of Black History Month every October offers an opportunity to reflect on the extraordinary contribution made by nursing staff from BME backgrounds to our health and care services.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Enough of this mindfulness
    • Abstract: Students should be offered relaxation and mindfulness classes ‘to help them settle’, according to a new report (online news, 21 September).
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Ward staff need relaxation too
    • Abstract: The ward staff need mindfulness and relaxation too.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Nurse workforce opportunity
    • Abstract: It was refreshing to read ‘Grow your own workforce’ (students, 13 September).
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Train registered nurses in their hospital
    • Abstract: ‘Trusts hope to grow their own nurses’ (online news, 20 September) suggests training is going back to the way it was.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • The right kind of leadership'
    • Abstract: A new cohort of high-achievers start their nurse training soon (Forty high achievers to begin fast-track training, news, 20 September).
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Same old drop-out story
    • Abstract: Your editorial and analysis on student drop-out rates (6 September) makes the comment that high attrition is not a new issue. The records of the General Nursing Council for England and Wales show that between 1951 and 1968 student ‘discontinuations’ from training for all parts of the register, ranged between
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Tweets of the week
    • Abstract: Nurses on Twitter
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Readers’ panel - How should the NHS deal with a rise in complaints
           about nurses'
    • Abstract: Our experts consider a hot topic of the day
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • There’s nothing in place to stop nurses taking the door marked
           ‘exit’
    • Abstract: The word attrition is often bandied about in nursing, along with the phrase that staff are ‘leaving in droves’.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Planning Health Promotion Programs: An Intervention Mapping Approach
    • Abstract: This book is a guide to planning health promotion programmes using interventional mapping, which is a protocol for developing effective behavioural change.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Sociology for Nurses
    • Abstract: This impressive textbook is useful for undergraduate and postgraduate nursing students, including those studying for specialist practitioner registration as health visitors, district nurses and school nurses.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Book Review: Mnemonics and Study Tips for Medical Students
    • Abstract: What a fun little book. This pocket-sized revision guide gives the reader lots of tips, tools and tricks to aid clinical learning. Now in its third edition, this is a memory aid book that the author has made fun, even causing me to laugh out loud in some places.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Student life - Putting the community first
    • Abstract: For nursing student Sabrina Ffrench, winning a scholarship at the Cavell Nurses’ Trust awards in June came as a bolt from the blue.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • The right care at the right time
    • Abstract: During my second year of training I was on a placement with the learning disability (LD) intensive health outreach team when I responded to an emergency call to a care home for people with learning disabilities and complex health needs.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Listening to your patient takes time, but it’s worth it
    • Abstract: I Will never forget my first visit to a chiropractor. Not only was it the first step to regaining strength and movement in my back, it was the most I have ever felt ‘heard’ by a healthcare professional.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Seize the opportunities
    • Abstract: Since Rukeya Miah joined Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 16 years ago, she has progressed from midwifery student to matron.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Don’t doubt what you can achieve
    • Abstract: After qualifying as an adult nurse in 1995, Calvin Moorley spent most of his clinical career specialising in intensive care nursing. His academic background is in public health and health promotion, and he is now associate professor for nursing research and diversity in care at London South Bank University. He
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Healthy sleep
    • Abstract: What was the nature of the CPD activity, practice-related feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice' The article provided information about the process and purpose of sleep, and examined the ways in which factors that promote wakefulness and sleep combine to establish a normal circadian rhythm.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • People with special needs require understanding, not restraint
    • Abstract: My son, now 49, is on the autistic spectrum. He can speak, but talking causes him stress, so he is apt to agree to every question so as to end the conversation. Medical staff often presume his positive answers mean he can make decisions for himself.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Diversity exhibition
    • Abstract: An exhibition celebrating diversity in nursing is set to open to the public in London on 11 October. Hidden in Plain Sight: Celebrating Nursing Diversity, at the RCN Library and Heritage Centre, explores the lives and work of black and minority ethnic, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer nurses. Exhibits include
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Understaffing and missed care ‘biting hard’, RCN warns
    • Abstract: The RCN is calling for an urgent review of UK nurse staffing levels after a 30,000-strong survey revealed nurses were left sick, burned out and ‘sobbing’ due to staff shortages.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Trusts commit to grow-your-own scheme to help HCAs access nurse degree
           course
    • Abstract: Three NHS trusts in the east of England have created a new pathway to help health and social care assistants train to become registered nurses.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • NHS bosses advised to step up flexibility
    • Abstract: NHS employers should consider offering flexible working to stop skilled nurses leaving, according to new guidance.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • News in brief
    • Abstract: A roundup of the latest nursing news
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • NMC set to change rules on English language test
    • Abstract: The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has moved a step closer to accepting alternative methods of assessing a nurse’s ability to speak English.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
       
  • Role of the Admiral Nurse in supporting a person with dementia and their
           family carer
    • Abstract: Distress is commonly experienced by those caring for someone with dementia, and can occur whether the carer is living with a person with dementia, or supporting a person with dementia who lives alone to maintain their independence. It is essential for health and social care professionals to support family carers
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • How to auscultate for heart sounds in adults
    • Abstract: Rationale and key points This article aims to improve nurses’ knowledge and understanding of the procedure for auscultating heart sounds in adults, as part of a cardiovascular examination. It focuses on auscultating normal heart sounds; it is beyond the scope of this article to discuss the pathophysiology of abnormal findings.»
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Undertaking an oral contraceptive pill review
    • Abstract: This article provides nurses with an understanding of the process for undertaking an annual oral contraceptive pill review effectively. This is commonly referred to as a ‘pill check’, and is the responsibility of many nurses working in primary care and sexual health services. Undertaking a pill check requires an understanding
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Complaints against NHS nurses up by almost 10%
    • Abstract: The number of written complaints about nurses has risen in the past year, with the profession receiving the second-highest volume among NHS staff in England.
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Story in numbers
    • Abstract: NHS England announces trial of quality-of-life measurement following cancer treatment
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Cardiac colleagues spread the word about how to be a lifesaver with CPR
    • Abstract: Two nurses taught cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the summit of Mount Snowdon to raise awareness of sudden cardiac death.
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Competency ‘passport’ aims to iron out inconsistency –
           and make moving jobs easier
    • Abstract: All cancer nurses in London are to be trained to the same competence level under a ‘passport’ scheme.
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • nursingstandard.com
    • Abstract: Most read online this week.
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • One in ten nurse sick days down to stress or depression
    • Abstract: Sickness absence remains a thorny issue for the NHS. In 2009, a major government review of the health of the NHS workforce carried out by occupational health expert Steve Boorman, showed that 10 million days a year were lost to sickness absence.
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Noticeboard
    • Abstract: Courses, events, grants, and awards to progress your career
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Around the world
    • Abstract: 1 Global Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Congress 5-7 December, Atlanta, US tinyurl.com/2nd-global-adolescent-YA
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Cervical screening
    • Abstract: Essential facts Human papillomaviruses (HPV) cause more than 99% of all cervical cancers.
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Three fruit and veg daily may be as beneficial as a
           ‘five-a-day’ diet
    • Abstract: Eating three or four servings of fruit, vegetables and legumes per day may be as beneficial to health and mortality as the long-recommended ‘five a day’.
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Respiratory nurses complain they spend too little time with patients
    • Abstract: NHS respiratory nurses are unable to spend long enough with patients, have to work extra hours, and more than half may retire in the next decade.
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Medical school students who were state educated do better
    • Abstract: State school educated medical students are likely to outperform their privately educated peers in medical school.
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Lower duration of REM sleep may be linked to dementia risk
    • Abstract: People who have less rapid eye movement (REM) – the stage when dreaming occurs – during sleep may be at greater risk of dementia.
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Elevated cardiovascular risk suggests concept of ‘healthy
           obesity’ is flawed
    • Abstract: Researchers are urging a rethink of the term ‘metabolically healthy obesity’ after linking it with increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Why waiting times for elective treatment are getting longer - again
    • Abstract: One of the greatest achievements of the NHS in the first decade of this century was reducing waiting times so that most elective patients were treated within 18 weeks – a world away from the bad old days of two-year waits.
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • We need to talk about dementia
    • Abstract: There is a perception among the general public that dementia is an inevitable aspect of ageing, but a recent pilot scheme has helped patients understand how to improve their chances of avoiding it. ‘Dementia is widely seen as something you can’t do anything about,’ says Dominic Carter, senior policy officer
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • We need more honesty about NHS difficulties
    • Abstract: Nursing Standard editor Graham Scott is to be congratulated on his recent editorial in which he laments the complacent approach by the Department of Health (DH) press office to the many issues facing the health service.
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • No easy way on pay
    • Abstract: Will the government end the pay freeze in England' The RCN has been protesting to ‘scrap the cap’, and the Scottish Government has already announced it will do just that next year. There is speculation that there may be an announcement in October, near Budget-time. But as we may be
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Lively debate on future nursing skills a valuable insight for NMC
    • Abstract: Over the past 16 weeks, the Nursing and Midwifery Council has been consulting on the skills and attributes nurses will need to deliver excellent care in the future.
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • HIV drug is a game-changer
    • Abstract: From this month, the PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) drug is being provided to 10,000 people in England who are at high risk of contracting HIV, mostly men who have sex with men.
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Scotland’s support model for new nurses is an example for the rest
           of the UK to follow
    • Abstract: Newly qualified nurses in Scotland are to receive additional support during their first year in practice through an enhanced version of the country’s Flying Start programme. All we need now is for the rest of the UK to catch up.
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Parking fees are exploitative
    • Abstract: How anyone ever thought it was ethical to make hospital car parks charge patients, visitors and staff is beyond me. (Parking firm wins court battle against nurses accused of ignoring fines, news online 19 September.)
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • This is why students drop out
    • Abstract: You asked your Readers’ Panel what can be done to reduce student attrition (20 September). Nursing isn’t for everyone and some students leave because they realise that.
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Unregistered but qualified
    • Abstract: Just because someone isn’t a registered nurse does not mean they are ‘unqualified’. (If your job title says ‘nurse’, you should be a nurse, news online 20 September.) I have known many, many HCAs/support workers with advanced qualifications so can we be more mindful and stick with ‘unregistered’'
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Be clear on who is not a nurse
    • Abstract: Three years at university is the registered nurse’s qualification. Until you do that, you should never have the title of nurse. If I was being cared for I’d want to know exactly who was who. There are many limitations to what HCAs and unqualified staff can do. Having been an
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • I’m no fan of a men’s bursary
    • Abstract: I totally disagree with a bursary for men or any form of positive discrimination to fill posts (Can the goal of gender balance ever justify a men-only bursary', analysis 20 September). You should recruit the people who want to do the job, not strive to meet fake targets. When I
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Tweets of the week
    • Abstract: Nurses on Twitter
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Readers’ panel - Should universities offer male-only bursaries'
    • Abstract: Our experts consider a hot topic of the day
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Agonising over putting patients before family
    • Abstract: ‘It was drummed into us at PTS,’ said a nursing friend sympathetically. PTS, for those not of our vintage, was Preliminary Training School, where we fledgling nurses learned how to sew our frilly caps and align hospital bed wheels with the meridian.
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Anatomy and Physiology in Healthcare
    • Abstract: This textbook presents anatomy and physiology in a fun and interactive way. It was written in collaboration by the authors who have a background in either biological science or nursing. The content is presented in a user-friendly style.
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Dermatology Made Easy
    • Abstract: Full of essential facts and information, this text supports the diagnosis, testing and treatment of an array of dermatological conditions.
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • The Fragile Brain: The Strange, Hopeful Science of Dementia
    • Abstract: This is the best book I have read on dementia. It is an intricate and intense read, making it ideal for people who want to understand the complexity of brain failure.
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Student life - Bullet wounds and overnight queues: a US exchange visit
    • Abstract: Seeing first-hand how US healthcare works is a ‘once in a lifetime experience’ for nursing students, says nursing lecturer Jackie Leith, who coordinates exchange programmes at Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen, Scotland.
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Caring for body and mind
    • Abstract: A community placement in my second year of training opened my eyes to the lack of physical healthcare for patients with mental health issues.
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Presenting with confidence
    • Abstract: Communicating with patients, relatives and colleagues is all in a day’s work for nurses, and many will take this easily in their stride. But talking in front of larger groups of people is terrifying for some, so how can you ensure that any presentation you deliver is a success'
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Explore your options for a new job or a new challenge
    • Abstract: Liverpool’s largest nursing recruitment event took place at the city’s Exhibition Centre earlier this month, as hundreds of nurses and students attended the RCN Bulletin Jobs Fair.
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • ‘Don’t follow others’ expectations’
    • Abstract: After qualifying as a nurse in the late 1970s, Sue Paxton worked on a female medical ward and in theatres before training in midwifery. She worked as a midwife and again as a nurse, then became a clinical teacher at Wycombe General Hospital in Buckinghamshire. She is matron at the
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Pressure ulcers
    • Abstract: What was the nature of the CPD activity, practice-related feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice' The article discussed how the incidence and severity of preventable pressure ulcers can be used as an indicator of quality of care. It established that nurses have an essential role in managing and
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Nurse poverty
    • Abstract: A children’s nurse who has campaigned for better pay has a starring role in a photographic project that captures facets of London life.
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Absence figures reveal extent of depression among nurses
    • Abstract: Tens of thousands of NHS nurses have taken time off work due to anxiety, stress or depression, a Nursing Standard investigation reveals.
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Nursing staff face hefty parking fines and court costs after losing legal
           battle
    • Abstract: Two nurses and a nursing student have been ordered to pay more than £4,000 in parking fines.
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Revamp for Flying Start programme
    • Abstract: NHS Scotland has unveiled a new look for its development programme for newly qualified nurses.
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • News in brief
    • Abstract: A roundup of the latest nursing news
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • ‘If your job title is nurse, you should be a nurse’
    • Abstract: Hospitals have been urged to review staff job titles after a study revealed some employers call unregistered support staff ‘nurses’.
      PubDate: 2017-09-27
       
  • Exploring the use of student-led simulated practice learning in
           pre-registration nursing programmes
    • Abstract: Simulated practice learning is used in pre-registration nursing programmes to replicate situations that nursing students are likely to encounter in clinical practice, but in a safe and protected academic environment. However, lecturer-led simulated practice learning has been perceived as detached from contemporary nursing practice by some nursing students. Therefore, a
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • How to administer lidocaine in wounds
    • Abstract: Rationale and key points Before a wound can be cleaned and/or closed, the use of a local anaesthetic such as lidocaine is often required to enable the nurse to assess the wound thoroughly and plan the optimal method of repair. This article explains how to administer lidocaine safely and effectively,
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Developing and maintaining compassionate care in nursing
    • Abstract: Compassionate care is a fundamental aspect of nursing, and is an important value that is embedded in nurses’ professional standards and codes of practice. However, nurses may experience several challenges in their practice that can impede their ability to provide compassionate care. This article aims to support and guide nurses
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Forty high achievers to begin fast-track training
    • Abstract: Members of the first cohort of a fast-track programme to recruit high-achieving graduates will begin their nursing studies this month.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Story in numbers
    • Abstract: Results of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust’s Think Drink campaign, presented at NHS Expo
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Nurses who helped after terror attacks and Grenfell fire win praise for
           response
    • Abstract: Nurses who cared for those affected by recent terror attacks and the Grenfell Tower tragedy have been recognised for their compassion.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Nurses’ ward knowledge makes them ideal agents for change, says NHS
           medical director
    • Abstract: Nurses should be used as agents for change in the NHS, says outgoing medical director Sir Bruce Keogh.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • nursingstandard.com
    • PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Can the goal of gender balance ever justify a men-only bursary'
    • Abstract: Nursing has always been a female-dominated profession. While applications from men for nursing courses have risen significantly in the past decade, there is some way to go before the profession achieves anywhere near gender parity.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Noticeboard
    • Abstract: Courses, events, grants, and awards to progress your career
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Around the world
    • Abstract: International nursing conferences and events.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Emergency department standards
    • Abstract: Essential facts Having sufficient numbers of nurses, access to Wi-Fi for patients and carrying out regular comfort rounds are on a list of 50 standards for emergency departments (EDs) to help improve care.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Three additional years of education cuts heart disease risk
    • Abstract: Staying in education is associated with a lower risk of developing heart disease, according to a new study.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Community support needed for patients with dementia
    • Abstract: People with dementia are increasingly relying on emergency care as they near death, and better support is needed in the community, a study found.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • High carbohydrate intake worse for health than fat
    • Abstract: Reducing total fat intake and replacing it with a high intake of carbohydrates may be linked to worse health outcomes, according to a study of diets involving 135,000.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Exercise could benefit women with postnatal depression
    • Abstract: Aerobic exercise should be considered as a management option for women who have recently given birth and are showing symptoms of depression, researchers say.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Single people lack confidence in their ability to cope with bowel cancer
    • Abstract: Bowel cancer patients who are single are twice as likely to have little or no confidence in dealing with their condition compared with those who are married or living with a partner (13% compared with 6%), the largest study of its kind has found.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Leading from day one
    • Abstract: Nursing students will be expected to develop their leadership skills from the start of training, according to draft education and training standards from the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • The future’s bright
    • Abstract: Each year hundreds enter the Andrew Parker Student Nurse category of the RCNi Nurse Awards. While the entrants are inevitably all impressive, only a handful of exceptional students get the chance to showcase their work in front of judges. This year, five students were chosen as finalists.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Students must speak out about poor care
    • Abstract: Finding an older, immobile patient stranded in his bed soaked with urine after his carers failed to turn up was a distressing experience for nursing student Carey Jehu. But what made it even worse was the attitude of the district nurse with whom she was on placement, who failed to
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • The future of nursing is in your hands
    • Abstract: Now more than ever, nursing is a profession with great potential. Some may think it is on the brink of collapse, but I believe nursing is the solution to many of our health challenges and will go from strength to strength. And that is because of you.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Know your competence
    • Abstract: When a qualified nurse asks you to perform a task, two things must be agreed: the delegator must be sure they are acting appropriately, including making sure you are competent to carry out the task, and you have to be sure you are competent to perform the task.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Use your enthusiasm and commitment to make a big impact
    • Abstract: As the professional lead for all nurses and midwives in England, I would like to welcome all nursing students to the nursing family. I hope you enjoy your undergraduate training and future careers.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Compassion in clinical skills
    • Abstract: Nursing is increasingly recognised as a highly skilled and adaptable profession.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Your perspective as a student can change nursing for the better
    • Abstract: The challenges faced by today’s nursing students reflect the demands placed on the nursing profession. The theoretical principles of care and anatomy that we learn at university are put into practice on clinical placements, where we also develop an understanding of our role in healthcare teams.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Put pay rise ahead of inquiry
    • Abstract: MPs have launched an inquiry into nursing shortages (news online, 14 September). How about paying nurses the right wage, for a start'
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Pay nurses what they are worth
    • Abstract: This is not rocket science. Pay nurses what they are worth, and for job they do, and you will improve retention and recruitment.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • BME issue bigger than the NHS
    • Abstract: Your story ‘Only 2% of top NHS nurse posts filled by black and minority ethnic (BME) staff’ (news, 13 September) says much more needs to be done to ensure a greater number of talented BME nurses take on executive positions in the NHS.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • BME staff
    • Abstract: Further to your story on BME staff in top NHS posts, at the very top we might only be talking about ten people from BME backgrounds, but what is the number from band 6 to band 8a'
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Holding onto our workforce
    • Abstract: MPs should be looking at ways to keep an ageing nursing workforce in the job many love.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Tweets of the week
    • Abstract: Nurses on Twitter
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Readers’ panel - What can be done in reduce the student attrition
           rate
    • Abstract: Our experts consider a hot topic of the day
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • We flew by the seat of our pants in the 1970s
    • Abstract: Fear, fun and flying by the seat of our pants: nurse training in the 1970s. I would also add throbbing feet, a diet of ward chocolates and no money for the Tube fare home. Not much has changed, has it'
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Rapid Emergency and Unscheduled Care
    • Abstract: This is an informative reference guide to many pathologies, illnesses and some minor injuries that doctors, nurse practitioners, paramedics and other allied health professionals are likely to deal with in their daily practice.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Female Mutilation: The Truth Behind the Horrifying Global Practice of
           Female Genital Mutilation
    • Abstract: This is the second book by this author non this topic. In contrast with the first, which explored cultures and beliefs from the author’s perspective, this book is a compilation of others’ views. Contributors are male and female, and include people who have been subject to FGM and campaigners from
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • The Dementia Diaries
    • Abstract: This colourful book aims to shed light on the impact of dementia on young relatives.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Student life - Get your finances in order
    • Abstract: Familiarising yourself with your finances early on in the academic year can have a positive impact on your overall experience at university.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Choosing the right path
    • Abstract: I graduated as a mental health nurse this summer, and this month I start work in a psychiatric decision unit as a qualified nurse.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • How to optimise your health and well-being
    • Abstract: Settling into student life is exciting, yet it can also be overwhelming. Nursing students work on clinical placements while also meeting academic deadlines, and they must balance both with social, family and financial commitments.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Ensuring the voice of nursing students is heard
    • Abstract: It seems like only yesterday that I stood in RCN headquarters for the first time, a nervous but enthusiastic second-year student.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Make the most of opportunities
    • Abstract: Liz Bishop is chief operating officer and deputy chief executive of the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in London. After qualifying with a BSc in nursing in 1986, she worked in various disciplines before specialising in haematooncology. She took up a clinical nurse consultant post at Guy’s and St Thomas’
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Unions make direct appeal for above-inflation pay rise
    • Abstract: Unions have ramped up pressure on the government to end years of austerity with a direct call for an above-inflation pay rise of 3.9%.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Retirement party
    • Abstract: A leading nurse and midwife who worked at the same hospital for 37 years has retired.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Reflective practice
    • Abstract: What was the nature of the CPD activity, practice-related feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice' Reflection is an essential component of nursing that can enhance learning, support professional development and improve practice. The article defined reflective practice, outlined the various reflective models that nurses can use, and discussed
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Macmillan nurse made sure my husband was not in pain
    • Abstract: My husband Jim Kerton was diagnosed with cancer in September 2015 after having an ear ache and sore throat for two weeks.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Nurses use Twitter campaign to urge RCN to take a global view of
           representation
    • Abstract: A group of nurses is attempting to reignite the debate over whether the RCN should rejoin a global federation of nursing bodies.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • MPs to investigate nursing shortage
    • Abstract: The Commons health committee has begun an inquiry into nursing workforce pressures.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • News in brief
    • Abstract: A roundup of the latest nursing news
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Award will boost careers of ‘outstanding’ nurses
    • Abstract: A new generation of Nightingale Nurses will be created at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London.
      PubDate: 2017-09-20
       
  • Experience of directed living donor kidney transplant recipients: a
           literature review
    • Abstract: A directed living donor is a healthy individual who donates an organ to a specific person. The number of living donor kidney transplantations in the UK has been increasing; however, living donation and the experience of kidney transplant recipients remain under-researched areas that are relevant to the provision of effective
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Care of older people with diabetes
    • Abstract: The global population is ageing, and increasingly developing long-term conditions and comorbidities associated with functional changes, reduced quality of life and reduced life expectancy. Diabetes mellitus is a common long-term condition in older people, with many individuals experiencing microvascular and/or macrovascular complications, alongside frailty and dementia. Symptoms of conditions such
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Nurse vacancy rate hits record high in Scotland
    • Abstract: The ‘highest ever’ number of nursing and midwifery vacancies has been recorded in Scotland, according to an RCN analysis of workforce data.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Story in numbers
    • Abstract: Macmillan Cancer Support’s survey of primary care professionals on quality of care for people with cancer
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Celebrities dress up as their heroes to help raise money for cancer
           research
    • Abstract: Former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe transformed herself into Florence Nightingale to raise money for cancer research.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • nursingstandard.com
    • Abstract: This week's most popular news stories from the Nursing Standard website.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Manchester Arena bombing survivor wants to become a nurse
    • Abstract: A teenager who was injured in the Manchester Arena bombing earlier this year has said she wants to become a nurse.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Free childcare doubles, but funding plan ‘not sustainable’
    • Abstract: Cash-strapped nurses with young children can access up to 30 hours a week of free childcare in England from this month.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Noticeboard
    • Abstract: Courses, events, grants, and awards to progress your career
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Around the world
    • Abstract: 1 IASLC 18th World Conference on Lung Cancer 15-18 October, Yokohama, Japan tinyurl.com/IASLC-lung-cancer
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Endometriosis
    • Abstract: Essential facts Endometriosis is the presence of endometrial-like (womb lining) tissue outside the uterus, which induces a chronic, inflammatory reaction. Up to one in ten women and up to 50% of infertile women are believed to have the condition, which can be painful and debilitating. It can have a significant
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • One in four medical students are teetotal, survey finds
    • Abstract: One in four medical students claims to be teetotal, research has found.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Children who skip breakfast may lack important nutrients
    • Abstract: Children who skip breakfast regularly may not be consuming the daily amounts of key nutrients for growth and development recommended by the UK government.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Webcams help most parents bond with premature babies
    • Abstract: A study into whether webcams can help with early bonding for parents of premature babies found most benefit from the ability to see their baby at any time in neonatal units.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Brief mindfulness training helps heavy drinkers cut back
    • Abstract: Training in mindfulness strategies could help heavy drinkers start to cut back on alcohol consumption, a study shows.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Traffic fume particles can damage immune system
    • Abstract: Tiny particles of carbon in traffic fumes can make people more vulnerable to infection, a new study claims.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Nursing Standard at 30 YEARS 1987 NS 2017
    • Abstract: It was a postcard that began my association with Nursing Standard in 1991. I was in Hong Kong, slowly making my way home from Australia, where I had been working as a mental health nurse. After weeks of travelling through south-east Asia it finally dawned on me that I would
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Changes and challenges: 30 years of senior nursing
    • Abstract: Hierarchies flattened, patients armed with information from the internet, higher education for nurses, a digital revolution and millennials in the workforce – all part of the world of nursing in 2017. But how did we get here' In particular, how have senior nurse roles changed over the lifetime of Nursing
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Practice nursing: an action plan for a disparate workforce
    • Abstract: One third of general practice nurses are preparing to retire within the next three years, leaving the workforce facing a major crisis. In response, NHS England has published a ten-point action plan to develop general practice nursing and boost numbers.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • More training places won’t fix the crisis
    • Abstract: The government’s announcement of 10,000 additional training places for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals has rightly been welcomed but let’s not get carried away. After all, as the RCN’s recent analysis identified, there are 40,000 nursing vacancies in the NHS in England alone.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • We must stop this horrific illness
    • Abstract: In my column about the meningitis ACWY vaccine written around this time last year I warned that the worryingly rapid growth in meningitis W cases across England would continue unless more people were vaccinated. Unfortunately, this now seems to be the case. In 2009-10 there were 22 reported cases of
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • How the times – and Nursing Standard – have changed
    • Abstract: When Nursing Standard launched in 1987, I was working in older people’s nursing, carrying around a brick disguised as a mobile phone.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Here’s to 30 years of progress in mental health nursing
    • Abstract: Thirty years is a long time, isn’t it' It may seem far away for some of you, or like me you may be wondering where the time went.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Lack of clarity over job titles is not only confusing, but risky
    • Abstract: Student nurse, auxiliary, nurse, midwife, ward sister, matron. There was a time when almost every member of a hospital’s nursing team was covered by one of these monikers. Nowadays there is such a plethora of titles that it is impossible to keep track, to the point where patients and their
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Nursing is being diminished
    • Abstract: It appears that nursing has accepted Jeremy Hunt’s diminution of the profession, as now you can become a qualified nurse without even an A level to your name (‘A scheme off to a slow start’, analysis, 23 August). This has been compounded by the introduction of the nursing associate role.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • When is a nurse not a nurse'
    • Abstract: We must not allow schools to call people who work in their admin department ‘matron’ or ‘school nurse’ just because they have a first-aid certificate. It devalues the title and sends the wrong message to young people (‘Unregistered nursing support staff working under specialist nurse job titles’, news, 13 September).
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Letter
    • Abstract: The title of advanced nurse practitioner should be held by a registered nurse who holds qualifications and abilities to deliver care at an advanced level. It is confusing to give unqualified people the title.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Letter
    • Abstract: I struggled to get my nursing qualification and I work hard. I was told I was not allowed to call myself a nurse until my pin came through as it was in breach of the Code, so it makes me angry that others without qualifications can.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Letter
    • Abstract: There have been lots of negative comments about healthcare assistants (HCAs) calling themselves nurses. But look at who does the majority of nursing care on the wards and you will see that it is HCAs– and not so long ago they were called auxiliary nurses.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Tweets of the week
    • Abstract: Nurses on Twitter
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Readers’ panel - Do charity fundraisers in drag disrespect the
           profession'
    • Abstract: Our experts consider a hot topic of the day
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Reflections on how to have your cake and eat it too
    • Abstract: It’s my rule in life that if you are torn between two things you really want, you should have both. Chocolate truffle or salted caramel' Go for both. It’s a no-brainer.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Pain Management
    • Abstract: This book offers a gentle introduction to the complex world of chronic pain.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Doll Therapy in Dementia Carer
    • Abstract: This book is an engaging read from beginning to end. It explains the needs of people with advanced dementia and how doll therapy is one of many approaches to engaging in person-centred care.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Clinical Skills for Nursing Practice
    • Abstract: Drawing on the evidence base of core clinical skills and competencies required by newly qualified nurses, this comprehensive text provides useful learning outcomes, activities to encourage reflection and tips to expand readers’ knowledge and practice.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Student life - Grow your own workforce
    • Abstract: As a child, Amanda Cheesman longed to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a nurse; academically, however, she didn’t make the grade.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Compassion is crucial to good care
    • Abstract: Throughout nurse training, we are taught the importance of delivering holistic care and involving patients and their families in decisions about care and treatment.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Conquer your fear of public speaking
    • Abstract: Some years ago, while working on a haematology ward, I succeeded in an application for a specialist post in the voluntary sector.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • How robots are opening up surgical opportunities
    • Abstract: When the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in London introduced robots a decade ago, it transformed some surgical procedures.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Be sensitive and non-judgemental
    • Abstract: Juliet Albert is female genital mutilation (FGM) lead at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London and head of community engagement at the National FGM Centre, run by Barnardo’s with the Local Government Association. After campaigning for four years for FGM services for pregnant women, in 2007 she set up
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • HIV testing and diagnosis
    • Abstract: What was the nature of the CPD activity, practice-related feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice' The article discussed the importance of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing. It outlined the testing policy for HIV, what nurses need to know about HIV testing, and the stigma and discrimination people with
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Advanced nurse practitioner made shock diagnosis bearable
    • Abstract: When my mum Janet was diagnosed with motor neurone disease we were lucky to be under the care of advanced nurse practitioner Kym Troman.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • ‘Enough is enough ’
    • Abstract: About 2,000 nurses gathered in London last week to demand an end to the public sector pay cap.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Overseas nurses struggling to break language test ‘barrier’
    • Abstract: Almost 1,400 overseas nurses who applied to work in the UK in the past two years have failed their English language tests, Nursing Standard can reveal.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Call to protect nurse titles as unregistered staff found working as
           ‘specialist nurses’
    • Abstract: Academics are calling for the nurse title to be protected after research has revealed that unregistered support staff are working under specialist nurse job titles.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • MPs drop plans to sell off NHS staff agency
    • Abstract: Plans to sell off a major NHS staffing agency have been abandoned by the government.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • News in brief
    • Abstract: A roundup of the latest nursing news
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Only 2% of top NHS nurse posts filled by BME staff
    • Abstract: Just 2% of nurses at the top of the NHS in England identify as black or minority ethnic (BME), according to data obtained by Nursing Standard.
      PubDate: 2017-09-13
       
  • Improving communication with families in the intensive care unit
    • Abstract: Families (‘family’ will be used in this article to refer to anyone the patient considers significant, whether they are an actual family member or not) of patients who are critically ill have heightened communication needs. Nurses are an important source of information, particularly about day-to-day patient events and progress. Intensive
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Role of patient education in postoperative pain management
    • Abstract: Postoperative pain continues to be a significant issue in healthcare, with a considerable proportion of patients experiencing severe pain after surgery and finding pain management at home challenging. There are several barriers to effective pain management, involving both patients and healthcare professionals. Patient education may be a useful way to
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Alert over nurses working in bars to make ends meet
    • Abstract: Nurses are missing special family occasions as they take on work in bars and extra shifts to make ends meet.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Story in numbers
    • Abstract: British Thoracic Society study of 600 respiratory nurses and employers
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Staff take to the streets at carnival time to support Grenfell community
    • Abstract: Nurses and other health professionals provided mental health information and advice to hundreds of people affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy during the Notting Hill Carnival.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • nursingstandard.com
    • Abstract: 1 Missed patient care due to nursing staff shortages increases hospital death rates, a major international study reveals. Lead researcher Jane Ball said the findings provide the ‘missing link’ in understanding mortality rates – when nurse staffing is low, necessary care is leſt undone. Read more: rcni.com/mortality-rates
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Returner programme for allied health staff follows nurse scheme success
    • Abstract: A programme has been announced to help allied health professionals get back to work following a career break.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Student drop-out rates put profession at further risk
    • Abstract: Competition is fierce for a place on an undergraduate nursing course, yet a Nursing Standard investigation reveals one in four students who do make the grade end up dropping out.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Noticeboard
    • Abstract: Courses, events, grants, and awards to progress your career
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Around the world
    • Abstract: 1. 33rd Nursing and Healthcare Congress 23-25 October, Toronto, Canada tinyurl.com/nursing-congress-canada
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Hepatitis B vaccine shortage
    • Abstract: Essential facts The hepatitis B vaccine is highly effective in preventing infection if given before exposure and is also effective post-exposure. Post-exposure vaccination should start immediately, ideally within 24 hours.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Some video games can shrink the brain, while others may enlarge it
    • Abstract: Playing violent video games causes the brain to shrink, while puzzle games have the opposite effect, a small study suggests.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Female HCAs have higher than average rheumatoid arthritis risk
    • Abstract: Female healthcare assistants (HCAs) are at a slightly higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, according to a study.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Polycystic ovary label may cause women needless distress
    • Abstract: A broadening of the definition of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) has contributed to a steep rise in diagnoses, particularly among younger women, and risks causing anxiety about fertility and long-term health.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Workload and low morale are puting new GPs off the NHS
    • Abstract: A small study of GP trainees found only two in three plan to work in NHS general practice.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Overweight and obese people deemed healthy have higher heart attack risk
    • Abstract: Carrying extra weight could raise the risk of heart attack by more than a quarter, even for someone who is otherwise healthy, researchers say.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Singing their way to better health
    • Abstract: There’s a good reason why I Can Breathe Clearly Now is the signature tune of Edinburgh-based singing group The Cheyne Gang.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Nurses lead the way with webcam consultations
    • Abstract: More than a decade ago, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust in West Yorkshire began using a video link to deliver consultations to prisoners at a high-security jail. It meant prisoners no longer had to be escorted to the outpatient department.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Outdoor spaces improve dementia care
    • Abstract: Rachel Potter saw many examples of great practice when she visited residential homes as part of her research into their physical environment. But none sticks in her memory quite as much as the giant rabbits, which were kept as pets at one care home.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Women are dying early from drug misuse
    • Abstract: Women who misuse drugs are dying prematurely and in increasing numbers. The past decade has seen a 95% rise in the number of women dying as a result of drug misuse: 357 died in 2006, while 697 died in 2016.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Vacancies at all time high
    • Abstract: Headlines about the soaring number of vacancies in the NHS in England have prompted warnings that the service is facing desperate problems of understaffing. According to NHS Digital, the number of full-time-equivalent posts available rose from 26,424 in March 2016 to 30,613 in March 2017 – the highest number on
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • 2020 is too late to solve nurse staffing crisis
    • Abstract: The year 2020 appears to be a magical one for the Department of Health (DH). In early August it announced plans to fund an extra 10,000 training places for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals by 2020.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • We can all help maximise organ donation opportunities
    • Abstract: Almost 1,200 families who were approached to donate theirrelative’s organs last year declined. For many, this is because they didn’t know what their loved one would have wanted.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Shameful silence over the attrition rate for nursing students
    • Abstract: One in four nursing students drop out of their training courses, yet the bodies responsible remain complacent, showing a shameful disregard for the future of the profession
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Give leaders clear structures
    • Abstract: If the same problems recur each year (Nurse director turnover worryingly high, analysis, 30 August) without significant structural reform, why should a failing CEO sit comfortably protected by a need for continuity'
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Comfort of intimacy is denied
    • Abstract: My parents went into full-time care aſt er 65 years of marriage and were devastated they did not have a double bed (Supporting safe sexual and intimate expression in care homes, evidence and practice, 23 August).
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • A year in and I want to quit
    • Abstract: Yesterday my 12-hour shiſt turned into 14 hours with one 10-minute break and this is a regular occurrence.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • We are being put at legal risk
    • Abstract: When necessary care is leſt undone because of a nursing shortage, we nurses are leſt open to litigation. Then the NMC pounces and blames the individual nurse.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Make return to practice easier
    • Abstract: Maybe it shouldn’t be made so hard for nurses to return to practice.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Nurses just need decent pay
    • Abstract: In the 1980s, London hospitals had nurses’ accommodation at a minimal rent (Readers panel, 23 August).
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Tweets of the week
    • Abstract: Nurses on Twitter
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Readers’ panel - Is it unprofessional for nurses to have
           tattoos'
    • Abstract: Our experts consider a hot topic of the day
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Why don’t people use the phone any more'
    • Abstract: ‘Ping me an email’. To most people, those four words are quite innocuous, nothing to stir the soul or incite anyone to wrath. But to a nurse…
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • A Perioperative Model and Framework for Practice
    • Abstract: Models and frameworks of nursing are often difficult to understand, and applying this to a specialty that continuously has to justify the fact that nurses are needed in perioperative care provides its own challenges.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Helping Children to Tell about Sexual Abuse: Guidance for Helpers
    • Abstract: Written in an easy-to-read style and with useful references to research, this book explores the issue of disclosure of sexual abuse. It follows a child’s experience of abuse, describing the challenges of disclosure from the perspectives of the child and an adult helper, then discusses the help needed after disclosure.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Excellent Dementia Care in Hospitals
    • Abstract: The authors share their expertise and understanding of the needs of people with dementia in hospital in this useful guide for nurses and healthcare assistants.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Student life - Fast track into nursing
    • Abstract: A partnership between a specialist mental health charity and a university is helping healthcare assistants (HCAs) take a fast track to becoming registered mental health or learning disability nurses.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Observing the best of care
    • Abstract: In my second year of training as a children’s nursing student, I was on placement on a paediatric intensive care unit when I had the opportunity to observe an 11-year-old boy with rheumatic heart disease undergo cardiac surgery.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • How to take the strain out of moving jobs
    • Abstract: Starting a new job usually means saying goodbye to day-to-day familiarity. Facing change head-on can be exciting but it can also be stressful, and everyone copes differently.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Be part of the future
    • Abstract: One of the busiest university teaching hospitals in the north of England, the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust provides a range of specialist services to more than 750,000 people a year.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • ‘Establish trusting relationships’
    • Abstract: Jayne Marshall trained as a nurse at Guy’s Hospital in London before starting midwifery training at King’s College Hospital in 1982. She became the head of the school of midwifery at Kingston University and St George’s University of London in 2014, and in July became the first professor of midwifery
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Resuscitation equipment
    • Abstract: What was the nature of the CPD activity, practice-related feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice' The article detailed the cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) equipment required in a standard resuscitation trolley, and outlined the optimal method for arranging this equipment to assist nurses in assessing and managing a patient’s airway,
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • District nurse’s dedicated care enabled our son to die at home
    • Abstract: Our son Stephen died from a brain tumour at the age of just 26.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Hurricane Harvey
    • Abstract: Residents and staff at Cypress Glen nursing home in Port Arthur (pictured) were among those carried to safety during the catastrophic Texas floods.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • A quarter of nursing degree students quit their courses
    • Abstract: One in four UK nursing students quit their university course before completing it, according to a Nursing Standard investigation.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Colleagues mourn the sudden death of chief nurse whose legacy is better
           care
    • Abstract: Tributes have been paid to the ‘incredible’ University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust chief nurse Philip Norman, who died suddenly.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • NHS career support for whistleblowers
    • Abstract: A pilot programme to help NHS whistleblowers back into work has begun in NHS England.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • News in brief
    • Abstract: A roundup of the latest nursing news
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • School nurses reveal the extent of ‘period poverty’
    • Abstract: Girls are being supplied with sanitary products by school nurses because they cannot afford to buy them themselves.
      PubDate: 2017-09-06
       
  • Cancer care teams ‘are ignoring nurses’ views’
    • Abstract: Concerns raised by prostate cancer specialist nurses are being overlooked by multidisciplinary teams (MDTs), says a new study.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Story in numbers
    • Abstract: Breast Cancer Care warns that women are ‘being left out in the cold’ when their treatment ends
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Punky nurse trades in Mohawk on TV – and reopens debate on
           conformity
    • Abstract: A nursing student turned to TV makeover show Body Fixers to achieve his aim of looking ‘more professional’ by changing his punky image.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • nursingstandard.com
    • Abstract: 1 England’s chief nurse Jane Cummings is to take over running NHS England’s London region until a full-time replacement is appointed. Read more: rcni.com/cummings-london
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Rail fare hikes may force city nurses to quit
    • Abstract: Nurses commuting to work in cities could be forced to leave their jobs because of rail fare hikes, a union has warned.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • ‘Short shelf life’ remains a problem in senior posts
    • Abstract: Nursing Standard research reveals half of chief nurses in the UK have been in post for three years or less, prompting further concern about high turnover in senior roles. More than a third (36%) took up their positions in the past two years, while 17% started in the past eight
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Noticeboard
    • Abstract: Courses, events, grants, and awards to progress your career
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Around the world
    • Abstract: 1 ASEAN Conference on Healthy Ageing 10-12 October, Hotel Pullman Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia tinyurl.com/ASEAN-conference
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Supporting children after a traumatic event
    • Abstract: Essential facts More than two thirds of children will have experienced at least one traumatic event by the age of 16. Traumatic events are direct or indirect experiences that put a person or someone close to them at risk of serious harm or death. They include road accidents, experiencing or
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Allergy medicine may help treat deep vein thrombosis
    • Abstract: Common anti-allergy medicine could prove to be an effective treatment for deep vein thrombosis (DVT), according to new research.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Vaccination campaigns make parents more sceptical
    • Abstract: Current strategies for correcting misinformation about the dangers of vaccinations have the opposite effect and reinforce ill-founded beliefs, a study suggests.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Pharmacist-led scheme could save NHS half a billion pounds
    • Abstract: A Department of Health scheme to help patients stick to their drug regimens has been so successful that it could save NHS England £517.6 million in the long term, a team of health economists has found.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Mother’s upbringing linked to child’s emotional health
    • Abstract: Mothers who had a traumatic upbringing are more likely to have children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, according to a new study.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Targeted radiotherapy for breast cancer reduces side effects
    • Abstract: Targeted radiotherapy on the site where tumours first develop can dramatically reduce side effects for breast cancer patients, a new trial has shown.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Ensuring dignity in death
    • Abstract: Homeless people are dying in unsupported and unacceptable situations with inadequate access to palliative care, a recent study found.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • ‘FIT TO SIT’ in the emergency department
    • Abstract: A campaign to get patients out of bed and wearing their day clothes instead of pyjamas has caught the imagination of nurses and other healthcare staff across the country. But staff at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust have taken the #EndPJparalysis campaign a step further, with a ‘fit to sit’ initiative
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Remember their names with pride
    • Abstract: When Barbara Hallows watched television footage of the service to mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, something really hit home for her – the value of a name.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • 10,000 more training places isn’t enough
    • Abstract: News that the Department of Health intends to fund an additional 10,000 training places for nurses and allied health professionals is obviously welcome. But how many of these places will be for nursing students, and how will they be split across the four fields of nursing, given the government’s recent
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • When can I say no'
    • Abstract: If the professional relationship between a nurse and a patient has broken down through no fault of either party, it is often more appropriate for the patient’s care and treatment to be provided by another nurse. This could be initiated by the nurse or the patient.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • The way nurses are treated is a national tragedy
    • Abstract: Nurses are an invaluable resource. We look after the sick and care for the dying, oft en with little thanks.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • We all have a role to play in ending domestic abuse
    • Abstract: An RCN position statement issued this month confirms the college’s ongoing commitment to supporting nurses, midwives and healthcare workers to better understand the complexities that surround domestic abuse.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Strong nurse leadership still undermined by high turnover
    • Abstract: An effective, well-led health and social care system is dependent on having strong clinical leadership at board level. Not my words, but those of Christine McKenzie, lead of the RCN’s executive nurse network, in response to the latest findings of Nursing Standard’s annual survey of turnover among directors of nursing.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Lead by walking in our shoes
    • Abstract: I call on all directors of nursing and NHS leaders to search their consciences and challenge the government on their handling of the NHS.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Just starting out
    • Abstract: Being a nurse is all I ever wanted to do. It’s the best job in the world.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Letter
    • Abstract: As a nurse who trained in the 60s and worked for almost 45 years in a variety of disciplines, my advice to new nursing students is: one, get enough sleep; two, play hard; three, study hard; four, turn up on time for your shift (remember that you are replacing someone
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Nursing has its own identity
    • Abstract: Interdisciplinary working in the NHS is increasingly prevalent, and our NMC Code reminds us that we have a duty to ‘work in partnership with people to make sure we deliver care effectively’.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Tweets of the week
    • Abstract: Nurses on Twitter
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Readers’ panel - Are stressed healthcare staff in danger of forgetting
           the lessons of Mid Staffs'
    • Abstract: Our experts consider a hot topic of the day
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Keep your carrots, just give us a pay rise
    • Abstract: Golden hellos' I must be dreaming. Employers across the country are offering financial inducements as carrots to entice nurses to work for them.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Becoming a Reflective Practitioner (Fifth edition)
    • Abstract: Reflection is now high on the agenda of every practising nurse and midwife, as it is a key aspect of the revalidation process introduced last year by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Mercury in Retrograde: My Experience of Dystonia
    • Abstract: Part one of this book covers the experience of having dystonia (a range of movement disorders that cause muscle spasms and contractions), while part two offers a guide to alleviating the condition.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Calling Time
    • Abstract: This story is set in 1950s New Zealand, where care home inhabitants meet two very different carers.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Student life - Off on a placement in Zambia
    • Abstract: Recent outbreaks of disease, including Ebola, Zika and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, have shown the need for a collaborative and co-ordinated response to global health issues.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Gaining insight into obesity
    • Abstract: In my second year of training I was working with an obese patient, who I will call Mark.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Think before you accept or reject a job
    • Abstract: The stress and excitement of applying for a job has three obvious outcomes:
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Positive practice: the use of restrictive interventions
    • Abstract: A rights-based approach, placing the person at the centre of all we do, is essential to modern healthcare.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • ‘Vaccination can protect everyone’
    • Abstract: Leony Davies qualified as an RGN from the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, in 1994. She then qualified as a registered sick children’s nurse (RSCN) and specialist community public health nurse while working as a children’s nurse and school nurse. Since 2010, she has been employed by Public Health Wales
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • My daughter’s nurse gave our family truly personalised, kind care
    • Abstract: Jo O’Toole was the specialist respiratory nurse for our daughter Amélie, who has CHARGE syndrome, for several years. She gave us truly personalised and kind care.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Infection control
    • Abstract: An infection prevention nurse has turned his hand to board game design to help health professionals understand and manage Clostridium difficile.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • NHS urged to encourage more BME nurses into top-tier jobs
    • Abstract: Much more needs to be done to ensure a greater number of black and minority ethnic (BME) nurses take on executive positions in the NHS, says the RCN.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Nurses reject claims that fancy-dress fundraisers demeaned the profession
    • Abstract: Nurses have expressed support for fundraisers whose donations were rejected by an NHS trust because their fancy dress was ‘demeaning’ to women.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • School nurse cuts ‘put children at risk’
    • Abstract: Children with asthma, epilepsy and diabetes are at risk in the classroom due to the accelerating loss of school nurses, the RCN warns.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • News in brief
    • Abstract: A roundup of the latest nursing news
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Nurse shortages linked to higher patient mortality
    • Abstract: Missed patient care due to nursing staff shortages increases death rates in hospital, a major international study reveals.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • Using bibliometrics to support revalidation requirements
    • Abstract: Aim Aim To explore how bibliometrics can assist nurse academics in providing documented evidence to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC's) revalidation requirements. Method Method The author's publication history was used to demonstrate how nurse academics can use bibliometrics to provide evidence of their continuing professional development (CPD). A
      PubDate: 2017-08-29
       
  • X-rays: what the nurse needs to know
    • Abstract: X-ray imaging is a form of electromagnetic radiation that is able to pass through the human body producing an image of the internal structures. X-rays are one of the main investigations for confirming a suspected diagnosis. Developing an understanding of the underlying mechanism and the rationale for requesting an X-ray
      PubDate: 2017-08-24
       
  • Improving nurses' level of reflection
    • Abstract: Reflecting on practice is an important aspect of nursing. There is widespread acknowledgement of the value of reflective practice and it has a significant role in coursework assessment and revalidation requirements. However, less attention has been given to the various levels of reflection and what constitutes a higher or lower
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Think Drink campaign gets national attention
    • Abstract: A hospital’s award-winning scheme – which helps patients recover faster from surgery side effects by keeping them hydrated pre-operation – is being shared nationwide.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Story in numbers
    • Abstract: Survey of relatives of older people on raising concerns about care or treatment in hospital
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • nursingstandard.com
    • Abstract: 1 A former health minister has been promoting a new global campaign to boost the profile of the nursing profession. Speaking exclusively to Nursing Standard, Lord Nigel Crisp says Nursing Now! is due to begin in January. Read more: rcni.com/nursing-now
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • First Macmillan bereavement nurse starts work
    • Abstract: A hospital in Essex has appointed the UK’s first dedicated Macmillan bereavement nurse.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Sir Ian McKellen joins healthcare assistants at Wigan’s Pride parade
    • Abstract: Healthcare assistants had a brush with stardom when they marched with Sir Ian McKellen at Pride, pictured above.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • A scheme off to a slow start
    • Abstract: Just 30 nurse apprentices are due to begin university courses in September, a figure that falls far short of the 1,000 a year predicted by the government once the scheme is fully established.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Noticeboard
    • Abstract: Courses, events, grants, and awards to progress your career
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Around the world
    • Abstract: 1 15th International Conference for Emergency Nurses 11-13 October, Sydney, Australia tinyurl.com/ICEN-2017
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Female genital mutilation
    • Abstract: Essential facts Female genital mutilation (FGM) is any procedure that removes all or part of the female genital organs for cultural or any other non-therapeutic reasons. FGM is a form of child abuse and gender violence against women. About 137,000 females in England and Wales have undergone it.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Delirium in advanced cancer may have link to lower survival rate
    • Abstract: Patients with advanced cancer who present at emergency departments (EDs) with delirium are prone to an earlier death, a study has found.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Study challenges advice to always complete antibiotic courses
    • Abstract: Patients may not need to complete a course of antibiotics as previously recommended by medical advice, researchers have argued.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Routine HIV tests at GPs shown to be cost-effective
    • Abstract: Offering routine HIV tests to people registering with a new GP surgery in high-risk areas is cost-effective and could save lives, a study has shown.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Tai chi improves balance and reduces the risk of falls
    • Abstract: Doing tai chi may help prevent falls in older and at-risk adults, an analysis of research has found.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Poor sleep patterns are detrimental to waistlines and metabolic health
    • Abstract: Adults in the UK who have poor sleep patterns are more likely to be overweight and obese and have poorer metabolic health, study findings have found.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • The nurses who risk their safety
    • Abstract: Prisons are overcrowded and understaffed, leading to nurses being subjected to increasing danger, the RCN says. There have been reports of nurses being held hostage, and a nurse manager was blinded in one eye last year after being punched by an inmate at a young offenders’ institution in Kent.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Don’t make an expensive mistake with tuition fees and loans
    • Abstract: What will student tuition fees mean for nurses' From August, new nursing and midwifery students – and those entering most allied healthcare professions – no longer receive NHS bursaries and will have to pay tuition fees for their courses at English universities. They will have access to the student loans
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • We must speak of hope as well as catastrophe
    • Abstract: Al Gore, the former US vice-president and now campaigner on climate change, has just released a follow-up to his groundbreaking 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth. Gore’s first film won an Oscar and grossed $49 million – astonishing for a documentary.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Should patients complete the course'
    • Abstract: In a recent article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), a group of experts including infectious disease specialists and microbiologists discussed whether patients should stop taking antibiotics when they feel better.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • We need to rethink global spending priorities
    • Abstract: The Alma-Ata declaration, signed by 134 countries in 1978, was a landmark for public health. It recognised that the ‘attainment of health by people in one country directly concerns and benefits every other country’, and that economic and social development, alongside improved access to primary healthcare, is critical to attaining
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Will the money tree grow another branch for us'
    • Abstract: It would be churlish in the extreme to appear unimpressed by the government’s announcement of plans to increase staffing numbers in mental health services.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • ‘Politics first, strategy later’ fails in workforce planning
    • Abstract: The government’s shambolic approach to planning the nursing workforce in England has been laid bare again, although this time a positive spin can be put on its ham-fisted attempt to address the crisis.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Hydration benefits everyone
    • Abstract: I welcome the Think Drink hydration campaign (online news, 11 August).
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Letter
    • Abstract: How about a Think Drink campaign for nurses working in the wards' They are often dehydrated themselves.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Bribes and plasters won’t do
    • Abstract: I disagree with Graham Scott’s editorial (9 August). We should not be bribing men into nursing, we should be fighting to reinstate the bursary for all healthcare students and be looking at the issues around gender stereotyping and perceptions relating to occupations.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Letter
    • Abstract: The news of expanding nurse training places is yet another announcement by the government devoid of any attempt to take any accountability for their role in the destruction of our profession.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Good care cannot help all
    • Abstract: Thank you for the thoughtful article ‘Nurse backs challenge to law on assisted dying’ (analysis, 26 July). It was well balanced, but I feel I must challenge some statements in it.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Tweets of the week
    • Abstract: Nurses on Twitter
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Readers’ panel - Would bringing back nurses’ homes improve
           recruitment'
    • Abstract: Our experts consider a hot topic of the day
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Please don’t make me ask ‘How did I do'’
    • Abstract: Here I am, gaunt, twitching with stress and bug-eyed. Just another nurse revalidation, in other words.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Healthcare Simulation Education: Evidence, Theory and Practice
    • Abstract: Simulation is a learning and teaching strategy that complements practice learning in real-life situations with patients. It helps to prepare students and healthcare professionals for their roles and offers conceptual knowledge and skill development.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • The Boy from Hell: Life with a Child with ADHD
    • Abstract: This book provides the reader with inspiring, heartfelt diary extracts that gives a glimpse into a mother’s world while managing a son with ADHD.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Nurses and Nursing: The Person and the Profession
    • Abstract: This textbook is unique, engaging and excellently written by a broad range of experienced international contributors, and is referenced appropriately throughout. Each chapter encourages the reader to reflect deeply on their profession and unique identity as a nurse.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Student life - A tool for healing the planet
    • Abstract: Climate change and sustainability could be embedded in nursing degree curricula thanks to a pioneering scheme involving universities across Europe.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Benefits of reminiscence therapy
    • Abstract: During my second placement in my first year of training, I was working in a community hospital where I helped to care for an older male patient, who I will call Ben.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • How to make it go your way on the day
    • Abstract: Finally, your big day has come. As you wake up on ‘interview day’ you will likely feel a mixture of nervous anticipation and excitement. A new job can open doors to the next chapter in your life, so this is only natural, but first you must be offered the post.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Nursing in blood and transplant services
    • Abstract: In April, NHS Blood and Transplant Services (NHSBT) launched its nursing strategy, setting out its vision up to 2020.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • ‘Nothing ventured, nothing gained’
    • Abstract: Winifred Oluchukwu Eboh qualified as a registered general nurse in 1984 and as a midwife 18 months later. She moved into higher education 17 years ago, completing a PhD in public health in 2004, and is now lecturer in adult nursing at the University of Essex.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Reducing health inequalities
    • Abstract: What was the nature of the CPD activity, practice-related feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice' The article outlined the health inequalities that people with serious mental illness (SMI) may experience. It acknowledged the barriers they often encounter in accessing healthcare services, and discussed how lifestyle behaviours, symptoms of
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • ‘My nurse helped me believe I could recover – and that I
           deserved to’
    • Abstract: Before nurse Sarah Moody started working with me 18 months ago, I’d been an inpatient of eating disorder services for 11 years, and had been under the care of intense mental health services since I was 13.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • More training places made available through clearing
    • Abstract: Extra nurse training places promised by the government have been made available for students receiving their A-level results. Universities were told early last week that they will have additional capacity on their nursing degree courses, which begin within weeks.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Healthcare assistant fined for accessing medical records of friends and
           colleagues
    • Abstract: NHS staff are being reminded of the potentially serious consequences of prying into patients’ records without a valid reason after a healthcare assistant (HCA) secretly accessed medical information on 29 people.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Chief nurse to lead NHS London region
    • Abstract: England’s chief nursing officer (CNO) Jane Cummings will take charge of the NHS England London region until a permanent regional director has been recruited.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • News in brief
    • Abstract: A roundup of the latest nursing news
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Mental health nurses needed for Grenfell team
    • Abstract: Nurses with backgrounds in mental health services or experience of providing psychological therapies are needed to join a team supporting the community affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
       
  • Football charity trains to tackle mental ill health
    • Abstract: A mental health nurse is helping volunteers for a football club’s charity learn how to tackle mental ill health.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Story in numbers
    • Abstract: Maternity ward closures in England
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Rise in acid attacks prompts call for guidelines for emergency staff
    • Abstract: Emergency department clinicians and ambulance crews should have clear guidance on dealing with acid attacks, leading emergency doctors say.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • nursingstandard.com
    • Abstract: 1 Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has launched the #EDFit2Sit campaign, providing seating, rather than trolleys, where appropriate. It is hoped the scheme will encourage patients to stay active and avoid deconditioning. Read more: rcni.com/fit-to-sit
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • New guide helps carers use art in dementia care
    • Abstract: Nurses who supervise art workshops for people with dementia can refer to a new guide to help things run smoothly.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Will this surprise plan work'
    • Abstract: The government’s announcement that it will fund an extra 10,000 training places for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals (AHPs) in England has taken the profession by surprise.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Noticeboard
    • Abstract: Courses, events, grants, and awards to progress your career
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Around the world
    • Abstract: 1 International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Asia-Pacific regional congress 13-16 November, Bangkok, Thailand www.iassidd.org
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Towards a smoke-free generation
    • Abstract: Essential facts Just over 15% of adults in the UK smoke, the lowest level since records began. However, smoking remains the single biggest cause of preventable deaths.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Dietary advice for children has good effect on parents too
    • Abstract: Nutrition advice given to children can also improve parents’ diets, an ongoing study has revealed.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Risk of heart attack heightened for five years following stroke
    • Abstract: Stroke survivors who seem fully recovered are at a heightened risk of dying or experiencing a heart attack for at least five years after the event, research has shown.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Walking the dog gets older people out rain or shine
    • Abstract: Older dog owners are likely to be more physically active in the winter than people of similar age are in the summer, a study has found.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Taking antidepressants during pregnancy linked to autism
    • Abstract: Children exposed to antidepressants in utero are at a slightly higher risk of autism than children of mothers with psychiatric disorders who were not treated with antidepressants, a study has found.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Lung screening prompts some smokers to seek help to stop
    • Abstract: Smokers who undergo a computed tomography (CT) scan of their lungs are more likely to quit than those who do not, a study suggests.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Caring robots are here to help
    • Abstract: Robots, along with sensors and telemedicine, have been identified as technologies that can assist and prolong independent living for older people, with robots especially being used to help prevent social isolation and depression.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • First world war: ‘The first big test of professional nursing’
    • Abstract: When Helen Fairchild, a young nurse in Pennsylvania, volunteered to take her skills to Europe in the first world war, she was glad to go but felt sorry for her mother. ‘If she would only not worry so much’, she wrote to her brother Ned.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • The sharp descent into poverty
    • Abstract: When breast cancer treatment stopped mental health nurse Kath Clayson from working for six months, she quickly found herself sliding into debt.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Funding changes will threaten vital services
    • Abstract: The government has highlighted the need to address the growing demands on the NHS and social care services, stating the importance of preventing ill health and promoting well-being. However, its actions do not appear to match its rhetoric.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Shortages take their toll
    • Abstract: Every nurse who leaves an organisation incurs big costs. Research shows the financial impact of nurse turnover on an employer is equivalent to at least several months’ salary per nurse. Lost productivity, and the time and cost of finding replacement nurses, are major concerns for most NHS trusts. At a
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • I’m heartened by the public’s support for our summer of
           protest
    • Abstract: Nurses and other health professionals are joining our summer of protest, voicing their anger at the pay cap. The level of support from the public is heartening, with a growing number of people, including members of the government, understanding the need to scrap the cap.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Don’t keep FGM hidden
    • Abstract: Annual figures from NHS Digital, published in early July, show that there were 5,391 newly recorded cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) in England in 2016-17.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Department of Health’s public utterances reek of complacency
    • Abstract: Read a news story about a problem afflicting the NHS and invariably there is a quote attributed to a spokesperson from the Department of Health (DH).
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • A bursary for men is an insult
    • Abstract: As a man, who trained many years ago as a nurse, I object strongly to this sort of measure (‘Coventry University offers bursaries to encourage more men into nursing’, online news, 4 August).
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Letter
    • Abstract: I find this to be extremely wrong; I cannot believe it is being applauded. It is completely supporting gender discrimination.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • We deserve a 55% pay rise
    • Abstract: It’s good news to recruit more nurses, but now plan the retention bit (news, 9 August). Professionals deserve more. I suggest a 55% rise for nurses and 35% rise for junior doctors. Senior clinical staff should raise staff establishments to safe levels. Not ministers.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Make Jeremy Hunt read NS!
    • Abstract: Jeremy Hunt should be put in a darkened room with a supply of Nursing Standard and – over a 12-hour shift with a snatched toilet break/cup of coffee – forced to read from cover to cover.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • I can’t believe the NMC
    • Abstract: I was disgusted to read, at a time when nurses are fighting for a pay award of above 1%, that the Nursing and Midwifery Council sees fit to increase the remuneration package of their chief executive by £36,000 (news, 26 July).
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Tweets of the week
    • Abstract: Nurses on Twitter
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Readers’ panel - Has management bashing gone too far'
    • Abstract: Our experts consider a hot topic of the day
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • No wonder we all hate hospitals
    • Abstract: ‘I hate hospitals,’ patients often say, and I always agree with them. I don’t know why they are surprised – maybe they forget nurses are human too, with our own baggage. Perhaps they think we are so dedicated to our work that every moment in harness is a delight.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Modern Management of Perinatal Psychiatric Disorders (Second edition)
    • Abstract: This book presents a comprehensive synthesis of the evidence on perinatal mental health disorders. Written by perinatal and child psychiatrists, the book provides information for midwives, nurses and other professionals on the care of women with perinatal mental health disorders.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Fast Facts: Parkinson’s Disease (Fourth edition)
    • Abstract: Although small, this book is easy to read, well-structured and contains a vast amount of information on Parkinson’s disease and its associated syndromes.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Evaluating Outcomes in Health and Social Care
    • Abstract: One of a series of five books on interagency partnership in public health and social care, this book focuses on evaluation. It guides the reader through the outcomes evaluation process beginning with an explanation of what evaluation and outcomes are and why they matter.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Student life - International experience
    • Abstract: I was one of more than 40 nursing students who travelled to Berlin in June for a five-day trip focusing on the health and care of refugees and asylum seekers – an area I previously knew little about.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Maintaining dignity in death
    • Abstract: When I started my nursing degree last February, I set myself goals I wanted to achieve by the end of my first year. One of these was to care for a patient at the end of life and perform last offices.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • How to convince yourself you’ve got what it takes
    • Abstract: After submitting a job application, you must of course wait to hear if you have passed the first hurdle. It can be a frustrating period but there’s nothing you can do to alter this outcome.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Advice on how to make a programme successful
    • Abstract: Before taking on a degree-nurse apprentice, organisations need to consider what is involved and who should be part of the planning process.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • ‘Follow your heart, not the crowd’
    • Abstract: Zena Aldridge qualified as a mental health nurse in 2003 at the University of East Anglia. In 2013, she was appointed as the first Admiral Lead Nurse for Norfolk, and is now Admiral Nurse for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, working for Dementia UK.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Practising mindfulness
    • Abstract: What was the nature of the CPD activity, practice-related feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice' The article examined the use of mindfulness techniques and how by learning to care for themselves, nurses can enhance the care they provide for patients. The concept of mindfulness has had widespread publicity,
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Diabetes nurse Sian’s care for her patients radiates from her
    • Abstract: I meet many people through my health condition and they always talk about senior diabetes nurse Sian Bodman with high regard. Reputations are important, especially in the valley community where I live.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Trust’s nurse of the year
    • Abstract: Nursing student Christina O’Loughlin has had a tram named after her in her home city of Nottingham. The tram bears her name in recognition of her winning Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust’s nurse of the year award after a public vote.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Nursing Now! campaign to support and empower nurses
    • Abstract: Nurses are too often ‘invisible, taken for granted and prevented from being as effective as they could be’, a former health minister and NHS leader spearheading a global campaign to boost the profile of nursing said.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • App designed with the help of nurses aims to combat obesity in the
           profession
    • Abstract: An interactive resource has been launched with the aim of helping busy nurses who are obese or overweight achieve and maintain a healthier weight.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Advice on hep B vaccine shortage
    • Abstract: Guidance for health professionals has been issued after global shortages of the hepatitis B vaccine has severely affected UK supply.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • News in brief
    • Abstract: A roundup of the latest nursing news
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • Nine in ten largest trusts in England short of nurses
    • Abstract: Nine out of ten of England’s 50 largest NHS hospital trusts are not staffed with nurses to the level planned by their own management, the RCN said.
      PubDate: 2017-08-16
       
  • How to use a corticosteroid nasal spray
    • Abstract: Rationale and key points Rationale and key points This article outlines the appropriate and effective technique for using a corticosteroid nasal spray. If these sprays are used inappropriately, they will be ineffective and might reduce the patient's adherence to the treatment. Nurses can use the information in this article to
      PubDate: 2017-08-14
       
  • Recognising and responding to care erosion: part 2
    • Abstract: This article is the second in a two-part series discussing a gradual decline in standards of care, termed ‘care erosion’. The first part of this article used cognitive dissonance theory to discuss the psychosocial mechanisms involved in care erosion and focused on the nurse's role in identifying and preventing declining
      PubDate: 2017-08-14
       
  • Supporting safe sexual and intimate expression among older people in care
           homes
    • Abstract: This article outlines how care home staff can support safe sexual and intimate expression among older people. Older people may continue to engage in sexual and intimate acts in a residential setting; however, because of the stigma associated with sexual and intimate expression among older people, many care homes prohibit
      PubDate: 2017-08-14
       
  • Developing nurses' transformational leadership skills
    • Abstract: Healthcare is a complex area with significant potential for service improvement despite the effects of increasing economic and social pressures on the quality and safety of patient care. As the largest group of healthcare professionals in direct contact with patients, nurses are well positioned to contribute to improvements in healthcare
      PubDate: 2017-08-10
       
  • Developing patient rapport, trust and therapeutic relationships
    • Abstract: Rapport is established at the first meeting between the patient and nurse, and is developed throughout the therapeutic relationship. However, challenges can arise during this process. Initially, nurses can establish trust with the patient through the questions they ask, however, as care progresses, the nurse will be required to demonstrate
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Staff urge ED patients to remain active if they can
    • Abstract: Emergency department (ED) staff have begun a campaign to keep patients more active.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Story in numbers
    • Abstract: Department of Health plans to boost the mental health workforce in England
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Nurse calls for tighter control of online diet pills after
           daughter’s tragic death
    • Abstract: A nurse whose daughter died after taking diet pills containing a toxic chemical is calling for tighter controls on its supply.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • nursingstandard.com
    • Abstract: 1 The RCN has called for action to address the loss of experienced nurses. Figures show 591 members with at least a decade of experience quit nursing in 2016-17 compared with 323 in 2013-14. Read more rcni.com/senior-loss
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Bursary scheme aims to attract men to nursing
    • Abstract: A university will offer bursaries to men who apply for degrees in nursing, midwifery and other healthcare disciplines.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Acid attacks: simple steps taken quickly are crucial
    • Abstract: Hospitals are treating an increasing number of people who have been attacked with acid, after an alarming rise in cases.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Noticeboard
    • Abstract: Courses, events, grants, and awards to progress your career
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Around the world
    • Abstract: 1 IASLC World Conference on Lung Cancer 15-18 October, Yokohama, Japan tinyurl.com/IASLC-lungcancer
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Meningitis and septicaemia vaccinations
    • Abstract: Essential facts Teenagers and young people are the second most at-risk group for contracting meningitis and septicaemia. Due to an increase in the virulent strain of meningitis MenW, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has recommended a programme to vaccinate all people aged 14 to 18 years.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Early menopause linked to increased risk of type 2 diabetes
    • Abstract: Women with early or normal onset menopause are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those with late onset menopause, according to researchers who say more studies are needed to see if the findings can help with diabetes prediction and prevention.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Nurse-led scheme lets carers manage cancer pain medication
    • Abstract: A newly developed nurse-led intervention supporting carers to manage pain medication in people with terminal cancer has shown positive results, a study suggests.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Healthy eating and exercise lessen chance of C-section
    • Abstract: Diet and lifestyle advice for pregnant women could reduce the odds of needing a caesarean section, a new analysis has suggested.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • GPs’ anticoagulant prescribing is not always best practice
    • Abstract: GPs are prescribing anticoagulants to people with an irregular heartbeat against official advice, which can affect patient safety, a study has found.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Dementia awareness training alone ‘not enough to improve care’
    • Abstract: Training in dementia awareness alone will not improve dementia care in hospitals or outcomes for patients, and team members with specific expertise should work closely with hospital staff to develop skills, according to a study.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • A vision for nursing in Scotland
    • Abstract: When Scotland’s chief nursing officer Fiona McQueen travelled the country to talk to people about what was important for nursing now and in the future, several messages came through.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Finding out what matters to patients
    • Abstract: Hearing what patients really think about the care they receive can prove to be uncomfortable, but it is often pivotal to improving services.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Tackling malnutrition in older people
    • Abstract: The sharp rise in the number of hospital admissions for malnutrition has caused concern among nurses and older people’s charities. Department of Health (DH) figures show the number of bed days occupied by patients with a primary or secondary diagnosis of malnutrition rose from 128,361 in 2010-11 to 184,528 in
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Access to late abortion must be protected
    • Abstract: Very few terminations take place in the final weeks of the second trimester: in 2016 less than 2% of all abortions undertaken in England and Wales were at over 20 weeks. The total number of abortions at all gestations was 185,596.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • How can we reduce excessive prescribing'
    • Abstract: Modern prescribing can be very easy. In many cases, we don’t even have to write a prescription – just a few clicks can start a chain of events, affecting patients’ lives more than we can imagine. Although it is easy to look for a quick pharmacological fix, consider carefully whether
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Act now to prevent more nurses leaving the profession
    • Abstract: Nurses have more career choices than ever before, with practitioners moving into commissioning roles, residential and social care, as well as between NHS providers.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Young people want honesty
    • Abstract: Young people with cancer want more honesty and better support from healthcare professionals. These are the findings of a study that covered more than 1,100 patients with cancer aged 13-24 from across the UK for three years after diagnosis.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Attracting men to the profession is a step towards tackling an inequality
    • Abstract: The nursing workforce should reflect the population it serves, but men are under-represented. Now there is a move to address this inequality
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Be aware of extremism
    • Abstract: It’s as simple as picking up the phone and making a referral. For those who have done Prevent training, it’s about recognising the red flags; the same red flags as recognising vulnerabilities in safeguarding and making a referral there. I get that we are all busy and rushed off our
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Letter
    • Abstract: Nowhere in our studies are we trained in any similar way to the police, armed forces or anyone else who are specifically trained to deal with extremism.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Nurses won’t strike
    • Abstract: Unfortunately, if there is a ballot, nurses will not strike; they will simply complain and continue as normal, allowing themselves to be used and abused. As a result of nurses’ inability/unwillingness to stand up for themselves, the government has gotten away with giving them a 5% pay increase in seven
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • What the NHS needs now
    • Abstract: Five thousand nurses down in mental health, 40,000 vacancies altogether, when will the powers that be wake up to the fact that more nurses must be trained now' Front-line staff must be rewarded accordingly, with pay and staff establishments increased up to 55%, hospitals run only by those with front-line
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Sadness of a lonely death
    • Abstract: I remember my first experience as a shy, inexperienced 17-year-old.I washed a lady who had died and who had no family or even next of kin. I did a property list and all that she had in her possession were spectacles, dentures and a pair of underpants.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Pay rise or better conditions'
    • Abstract: Have we even been given the option' I can’t remember the government saying if you decline a pay rise, we will cut all wards down to 20 patients, ensure they are air conditioned for summer and provide more care workers for patients with high needs.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Pay and conditions are equal
    • Abstract: Can’t really have one without the other. No amount of pay makes it worth it if conditions are unfair, understaffed and unsupportive. Likewise, it could be the epitome of marvellousness but with poor pay you can’t afford to stay. It’s a dilemma.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Tweets of the week
    • Abstract: Nurses on Twitter
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Readers’ panel - Should trusts offer ‘golden hellos’ to
           attract nurses'
    • Abstract: Our experts consider a hot topic of the day
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Confusion abounds after a cataract op
    • Abstract: What about my eye pad'’ asked a patient after his cataract operation. Funnily enough I had been compiling basic ophthalmology competencies that morning and ‘the application of an eye pad’ was one of them.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Advanced Practice Palliative Nursing
    • Abstract: The book provides a detailed account of the complexities of palliative care nursing, while also developing ideas for practice improvement.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • The Cancer Revolution: Integrative Medicine – the Future of Cancer
           Care
    • Abstract: This self-help book written by cancer expert Patricia Peat and 37 contributors explores strategies that patients and their families can adopt to help regain control of their lives, such as diet, exercise and supportive therapies.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Unknown Warriors – The Letters of Kate Luard, Nursing Sister in
           France 1914-1918
    • Abstract: Katherine Evelyn Luard was among a select number of trained professional nurses who worked in casualty clearing stations and on hospital trains during the first world war.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Putting children on the panel
    • Abstract: As a newly qualified children’s nurse, my role involves encouraging patients to be actively involved in care to ensure their voices are heard.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • A smile and a chat go a long way
    • Abstract: Many of my clinical placements have involved working with patients with advanced dementia. At first, I was unsure how to communicate with someone who is disorientated and has memory loss, and I let others take the lead.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Be brave – ask for help
    • Abstract: I don’t think anyone could fail to be moved by the efforts of Londoners following the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • The myths and the benefits
    • Abstract: In April, the apprenticeship levy was introduced, meaning all organisations with a pay bill exceeding £3 million must contribute. This legislative overhaul has seen a growing number of apprentices in the NHS in England, where historically the training method has been rarely used.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • ‘Remember that change is okay’
    • Abstract: Drew McDonald qualified as a children’s nurse in 2005 from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. After working in neonatal care and on a medical ward at Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital he moved to the emergency department, where he has worked for the past ten years. In May, he won the
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Altered body image
    • Abstract: What was the nature of the CPD activity, practice-related feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice' The article discussed psychological support for patients with altered body image resulting from illness, injury or disability. These changes may affect appearance or function of the patient’s body.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Psoriasis nurse of the year helped me lead a normal life
    • Abstract: I have had psoriasis for about 20 years. I can safely say that the care I have received from advanced nurse practitioner Zahira Koreja over the past two years is the best I have ever had. Her care has been instrumental in helping me finally live a normal life by
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Career inspiration
    • Abstract: A newly qualified children’s nurse will join the ward where team members once saved her life and inspired her to join the profession.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Plea to lower English test pass marks for EEA nurses
    • Abstract: Nurses from a group campaigning for the rights of EU citizens in the UK after Brexit are meeting the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to press for the pass mark for English language tests to be lowered.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • ‘Dangerous’ state of the prison system is putting nurses’ safety at
           risk, RCN warns
    • Abstract: Nurses are no longer willing to work in prisons that have become ‘dangerous, overcrowded warehouses’, the RCN has warned.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Leaders respond to criticism of nurses
    • Abstract: The RCN and Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) have complained to a newspaper about a column that contained a ‘misguided and disrespectful’ portrayal of nurses.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • News in brief
    • Abstract: A roundup of the latest nursing news
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • ‘Savings from frozen posts raided for other budgets’
    • Abstract: Money saved by freezing nursing posts is being used to shore up budgets in other areas, RCN Scotland said.
      PubDate: 2017-08-09
       
  • Recognising and responding to care erosion: part 1
    • Abstract: This article is the first in a two-part series discussing declining standards of care. Many healthcare organisations, particularly hospitals, are under increased pressure to maintain standards of care while experiencing funding and staff shortages, and increasing patient numbers and demand for services. One of the main risks associated with these
      PubDate: 2017-08-07
       
  • Post-discharge care for patients following stoma formation: what the nurse
           needs to know
    • Abstract: Rationale and key points Rationale and key points This article discusses post-discharge care for patients following stoma formation. While the patient is taught the practicalities of managing the stoma appliance in hospital, this learning should be integrated into their daily life following discharge from hospital. Nurses are required to consider
      PubDate: 2017-08-04
       
  • Role of effective nurse-patient relationships in enhancing patient safety
    • Abstract: Ensuring and maintaining patient safety is an essential aspect of care provision. Safety is a multidimensional concept, which incorporates interrelated elements such as physical and psychosocial safety. An effective nurse-patient relationship should ensure that these elements are considered when planning and providing care. This article discusses the importance of an
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • ‘Poor workforce planning’ behind Scottish pressures
    • Abstract: Nurses and other NHS staff in Scotland are facing increasing workload pressures due to a lack of workforce planning by government, according to a new report.
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Story in numbers
    • Abstract: Findings of the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey for England 2016
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • nursingstandard.com
    • Abstract: 1 Only one in five referrals to fitness to practise proceedings concern patient care, data from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) reveals. Of 706 allegations made against nurses and midwives between January and March of this year, 136 related to patient care. Read more rcni.com/referral-reasons
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Guidance on supporting traumatised children launched
    • Abstract: New guidance has been launched to help health visitors support children and families coping with a traumatic event.
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • CPR teaching pays off, as retired nurse is saved by his first aid course
           students
    • Abstract: The last thing retired nurse David Knowles expected when he began a demonstration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was that his trainees would put their learning into practice immediately – on him.
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Long-awaited changes set to speed up fitness to practise cases
    • Abstract: Changes to fitness to practise (FtP) referral processes for nurses and midwives, aimed at speeding up the system, came into effect on 28 July.
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Noticeboard
    • Abstract: Courses, events, grants, and awards to progress your career
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Around the world
    • Abstract: 1 Community health nursing research conference 20-22 September, Johannesburg, South Africa tinyurl.com/ICCHNR-conference-2017
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • RCN guidance on responding to unexpected incidents or emergencies
    • Abstract: Essential facts Four terror attacks and the devastating Grenfell Tower fire in the space of four months have sadly demonstrated the dangers posed to all involved in unexpected events or emergencies.
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Holocaust survivors found to have greater cancer risk
    • Abstract: Researchers from the Chaim Sheba Medical Center in Israel studied more than 152,000 Holocaust survivors over 45 years.
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Dying homeless receiving little palliative care, study finds
    • Abstract: Homeless people are dying in unsupported and unacceptable situations with inadequate access to palliative care services, a study has found.
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Vaccine shows promise
    • Abstract: A vaccine to protect against gonorrhoea offers hope in the fight against drug-resistant sexually transmitted infections, according to a study of 14,000 people.
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Tall men ‘more at risk from aggressive prostate cancer’
    • Abstract: Tall men are at greater risk of dying from aggressive prostate cancer, research has shown.
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy linked to child’s motor skills
    • Abstract: Pregnant women with a vitamin D deficiency are more likely to have children with poorer motor development such as the ability to jump, a study has found.
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Making the grade: The English language test dilemma
    • Abstract: Hayley Purcell admits she felt apprehensive about receiving the results of a test designed to ensure she was proficient in English. After months of preparation, at a cost of several hundred pounds, the Australian had achieved a very good result overall, with 7.5 out of a possible nine in the
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Creating a stronger voice for nursing in Zambia
    • Abstract: Jennifer Munsaka is the first to admit that her organisation didn’t always get the most positive reception from government ministers or hospital management. The director of policy, programmes and professional affairs at the Zambia Union of Nurses Organization (ZUNO) was aware it was perceived as fighting for nurses’ rights rather
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Action against human trafficking and slavery
    • Abstract: Nursing student Louise Cahill was instrumental in developing a tool that helps health professionals identify and respond to victims of modern slavery and human trafficking.
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Prison – no place for older people
    • Abstract: Prisons and probation ombudsman Nigel Newcomen has called for a national strategy to address the healthcare needs of older people in prison. His report should be welcomed – it focuses attention on a group of people who are all too easily overlooked in our society. The bad news is, the
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Ministers have the power to avert this ‘perfect storm’ –
           and strike action
    • Abstract: Nursing is facing a ‘perfect storm’, according to the RCN. Rising vacancies, shrinking nurse numbers, increasing pressure of work, falling pay – and that’s before staff numbers feel the full impact of Brexit.
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Copyright query
    • Abstract: If you don’t own the copyright to the chart, you are not entitled to payment when it is reproduced. Factors that need to be considered to determine whether you own the rights to the chart include whether it was designed as part of your working duties, whether you used other
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Revalidation fosters a culture of reflection and good practice
    • Abstract: When we launched revalidation in April 2016 it represented one of the most significant changes to nursing and midwifery in a generation.
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Everyone needs the health benefits of being outdoors
    • Abstract: A study by researchers at the University of Warwick has shown that for many older people in care homes it takes a great effort to get outdoors. This isn’t due to a lack of will but rather the environment they are living in and the restrictions placed on them, which
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Nursing’s language barrier
    • Abstract: There should be no compromise on the English language test for overseas nurses. Their skill level is not in question, but it is no good if they cannot understand what patients are saying, or patients cannot understand them.
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Letter
    • Abstract: The English language requirement by the NMC is far higher than that for UK universities, and it is hurting nursing and patient outcomes.
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • More than a golden hello
    • Abstract: Golden hellos for nurses are okay, but won’t improve retention of staff. As soon as new recruits learn how short-staffed wards are and how few trained nurses are on shifts, they won’t stay long anyway.
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Revalidation is a positive
    • Abstract: I revalidated last year and found it a positive experience. It helped to look back on the things I had achieved, and it wasn’t too onerous either.
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Brexit not to blame
    • Abstract: I wish people would stop blaming Brexit for threatening the future of the NHS.
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Government claims vs reality
    • Abstract: The public must be made aware that government claims such as ‘there are more nurses than ever’ do not match reality.
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Tweets of the week
    • Abstract: Nurses on Twitter
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Readers’ panel - Pay or working conditions: which is more
           important'
    • Abstract: Our experts consider a hot topic of the day
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Speak out if you see patients being treated insensitively
    • Abstract: I’m often told not to ‘interfere’, so have learned to rein myself in. But sometimes…
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • How to Survive Your Nursing or Midwifery Course
    • Abstract: This book is designed to help nursing students and midwives juggle the competing demands of work, study and life.
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Introducing Mental Health: A Practical Guide (Second edition)
    • Abstract: The authors have done an excellent job of bringing this edition up to date. Readers can either digest it from cover to cover or dip in and out, selecting elements relevant to them.
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Non-Alzheimer’s and Atypical Dementia
    • Abstract: This overview of atypical dementia was written specifically for multidisciplinary teams. Its case studies are helpful for translating information from the page to the patient, and the references at the end of each chapter are useful for further reading.
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Student life - A playful way to learn
    • Abstract: Students do not always like speaking in class. The more confident talkers can sometimes overshadow more reserved students, who prefer to let others talk while they think things through.
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • ‘You made me feel human again’
    • Abstract: In my third year of training I had a poignant experience that I will never forget. I was on placement in the intensive care unit when I met a patient, who I will call Emily, who had been admitted following a suicide attempt.
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Little things can make a big difference
    • Abstract: We had guests staying for the weekend recently and found ourselves passionately discussing the delicate topic of morning ablutions.
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Nursing in the Middle East
    • Abstract: International assignments are a great way for UK nurses and other healthcare professionals to broaden their experience and work in some of the world’s most modern hospitals.
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Laughing and innovating
    • Abstract: After qualifying as a nurse at St Mary’s Hospital in London in 1988, Joanna James spent 20 years working in emergency departments. She co-developed and ran a successful education programme around the needs of refugees and survivors of torture. In 2008 she changed direction and started working on improving services
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillators
    • Abstract: What was the nature of the CPD activity, practice-related feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice' The article discussed the factors associated with health-related quality of life in patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). In my practice, I discuss ICDs regularly with patients who have these devices and
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Mental health nurse helps me feel empowered and independent
    • Abstract: Nadine and I met during my first admission to the psychiatric ward at Dr Gray’s Hospital, Elgin, Moray, in 2003. She was my named nurse at the time, and has been my community mental health nurse for the past three years.
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • RCN braced for strike ballot if ministers do not lift pay cap
    • Abstract: The RCN will ballot members over industrial action later this year if the government refuses to scrap the NHS pay cap, the college’s general secretary warned.
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Trust invests £16 million in accommodation to become more attractive
           to nursing staff
    • Abstract: Work has begun on a £16.4 million accommodation block at a hospital in Lincolnshire in a bid to recruit and retain nurses.
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • ‘Don’t forget lessons of Mid Staffs failings’
    • Abstract: Nurses and other NHS staff have become ‘shock absorbers’ for a health service under chronic strain, according to a report.
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • News in brief
    • Abstract: A roundup of the latest nursing news
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Action plan aims to boost practice nurse workforce
    • Abstract: A ten-point action plan to boost the general practice nursing (GPN) workforce has been published by England’s chief nurse.
      PubDate: 2017-08-02
       
  • Single dose intravenous paracetamol or intravenous propacetamol for
           postoperative pain
    • Abstract: Summary statement The mission of the Cochrane Nursing Care Field (CNCF) is to improve health outcomes through increasing the use of the Cochrane Library and supporting Cochrane’s role by providing an evidence base for nurses and healthcare professionals who deliver, lead or research nursing care. The CNCF produces Cochrane Corner
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • RCN plans ‘biggest-ever rally’ for pay cap protest
    • Abstract: The RCN is planning a rally in London to follow its summer of protest in a bid to force the government to scrap the public sector pay cap.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Story in numbers
    • Abstract: World Health Organization data on life expectancy
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Ministers call on NHS employers to boost stop-smoking support for staff
    • Abstract: NHS staff who smoke will be given more support to quit under government plans to cut smoking rates in England.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • nursingstandard.com
    • Abstract: 1 Lord Willis, the author of an influential report into the future of nursing, has called for ‘golden hello’ incentive payments to boost recruitment to the profession. Read more rcni.com/golden-hellos
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Pilot programme eases transition to nursing for staff trained overseas
    • Abstract: A university is offering London NHS trusts the opportunity to ‘tap into the unrecognised talent’ of nurses trained overseas by running a course designed to help them work as nurses in the UK.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Nurse backs challenge to law on assisted dying
    • Abstract: When Alison Pickard was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND), she had established a nursing career that spanned five decades. Now, more than five years on from her diagnosis, she has given written evidence backing a High Court bid to challenge current legislation and make assisted dying legal.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Noticeboard
    • Abstract: Courses, events, grants, and awards to progress your career
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Around the world
    • Abstract: 1 Diabetes and Diabetic Nursing Care 20-22 September, Charlotte, US tinyurl.com/diabetes-nursingcare
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • New guidance on oxygen use in adults
    • Abstract: Essential facts The 2015 British Thoracic Society (BTS) emergency oxygen audit report found one in seven of the 55,000 patients in UK hospitals at the time of the audit received oxygen therapy for their condition. Of these, 40% were receiving oxygen without a prescription or written order.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Rescheduling of meals may ease the effects of jet lag
    • Abstract: Altering mealtimes could be a drug-free way to deal with the effects of jet lag and shift work.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Acid reflux treatment linked to higher risk of premature death
    • Abstract: Drugs used to treat acid reflux are linked to a heightened risk of premature death.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Immune T-cell discovery may inform lung cancer therapy
    • Abstract: A newly discovered immune cell could predict which patients with lung cancer would benefit most from immunotherapy.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Antenatal support for obese women cuts complication risk
    • Abstract: Antenatal clinics for severely obese pregnant women can cut pregnancy complications.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Device offers fast measurement of immune system response in sepsis
    • Abstract: A new portable device can rapidly find markers of a life-threatening sepsis infection from a single drop of blood.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Digital literacy
    • Abstract: Healthcare has been slower than many other sectors to embrace new technologies, with some nursing staff feeling anxious, fearful and sceptical about the digital revolution.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Fresh focus on stroke care
    • Abstract: When 36-year-old company director Nathan Ridgard went to the emergency department with an excruciating headache and neck pain he was told he had a severe migraine and was admitted for tests.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Support when it matters most
    • Abstract: A healthcare assistant’s work to improve the experience of patients with a rare cancer was highly commended at the RCNi Nurse Awards 2017. Elaine Cooney, of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was recognised in the RCN Healthcare Assistant category for her work supporting patients with pseudomyxoma peritonei and their families.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • When parents no longer trust the professionals
    • Abstract: Away from the media spotlight, nurses in neonatal and intensive care units across the UK continue to do their jobs. Difficult ethical cases in these units, such as the one at the centre of the High Court challenge by the parents of baby Charlie Gard (pictured), are more common than
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Assisted dying debate highlights need to prioritise palliative care
    • Abstract: Nurse Alison Pickard’s experience makes for difficult reading. She has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) and gave evidence in support of a change to the law on assisted dying in a High Court case in London.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • NHS homes fund could offer a glimmer of hope
    • Abstract: Buried in the recent avalanche of negative news about nursing shortages and Brexit is a glimmer of hope – perhaps. The NHS Confederation has floated the idea of setting up a £10 billion NHS homes fund to enable the health service to provide staff housing.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • There are so many reasons to be proud of our nursing workforce
    • Abstract: Nursing and midwifery staff provide highly skilled and compassionate care, which I see on visits to front-line services. I remain immensely proud of what we do for those we care for.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Mistakes happen, but we can change our response to them
    • Abstract: It’s a heart-sinking feeling when you realise an error has been made, either by yourself or a colleague.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • ‘Red carding’ for relatives
    • Abstract: My colleagues and I recently looked after a patient on our acute trauma ward. The patient was well looked after, however her daughter made life very difficult for the nurses – to the point where the head of nursing visited daily to appease her.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Gambling with standards
    • Abstract: A year ago I predicted that applications to nursing degrees would fall, and they have. Meanwhile, the government, universities and the Council of Deans of Health rush headlong into implementing the associate nurse role – a role that may undermine the prospects of registered nurses, as employers choose the cheaper
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Specialties valued
    • Abstract: In your article on the NMC education consultation (feature, 12 July), Dame June Clark says ‘nurses who support premature specialisation are not patient-centred – their selfish aim is to protect their specialty’.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Put weight in perspective
    • Abstract: Your readers’ panel question (19 July) asked ‘should weight problems be raised in a nurse’s appraisal'’.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Tweets of the week
    • Abstract: Nurses on Twitter
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Readers’ panel - Should GP surgeries introduce ‘black alert’
           reporting systems'
    • Abstract: Our experts consider a hot topic of the day
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • There’s nothing like a bit of research to give flagging spirits a
           boost
    • Abstract: A recent study in Spain suggests that our month of birth can make us more susceptible to certain health conditions.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Managing and Leading in Inter-agency Settings (second edition)
    • Abstract: In a climate of national and international health and social care reform, there is increased emphasis on the role of partnership working across public, private and third-sector services.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Aromatherapy, Massage and Relaxation in Cancer Care
    • Abstract: As a devotee of complementary therapies, I loved this book. It offers an overview of how three complementary therapies integrate with modern healthcare, and will be useful for anyone who wants to learn about the therapies available, how they work, their evidence base and how they can be incorporated into
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Disaster Health Management: A Primer for Students and Practitioners
    • Abstract: This comprehensive textbook addresses the history of disaster management, terminology, concepts, principles and trends. While the book refers mainly to Australian policies and guidelines, international examples are offered too.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Student life - Prospect of police interview daunted me, but was my duty
    • Abstract: I was involved in an investigation of the death of a patient following a medication error.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Emergency put my skills to the test
    • Abstract: During a clinical placement on a general medical ward in my third year of training, I started managing a caseload of my own patients.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Giving equal care to the ‘difficult’ patient
    • Abstract: One of our dogs, Ben, is a timid little thing. On a lead he can bark and growl, and to the untrained eye he must appear aggressive at times.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Get ready for revalidation
    • Abstract: Revalidation study days are taking place across the UK throughout 2017. As well as offering nurses and midwives the opportunity to discuss their individual concerns with revalidation experts, they enable attendees to complete part of their revalidation.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Health education is key to all I do
    • Abstract: Staff nurse Anne Thomas won the RCNi Nurse Awards community category for her health promotion outreach work supporting men in her rural community. She trained as a nurse and midwife in south London in the early 1980s. Moving to north Wales in 1985, she worked on Dolgellau Hospital’s medical ward
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Neutropenic sepsis
    • Abstract: What was the nature of the CPD activity, practice-related feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice' The article discussed the prevention, identification and treatment of neutropenic sepsis, which is a potentially life-threatening complication of chemotherapy.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Exceptional nurse saved my life after mental health diagnosis
    • Abstract: When I first met Karen Coutts at a mental health inpatient unit in Lancashire, I was at the lowest point of my life, having been diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Hospital parking
    • Abstract: Nurses are among staff at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff who were ‘devastated’ by a court ruling over parking fines that has left many owing hundreds of pounds.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Regulator reveals reasons registrants face FtP panels
    • Abstract: Fewer than one in five referrals to fitness to practise proceedings concern patient care, the Nursing and Midwifery Council has revealed.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • NMC chief receives almost £20,000 pay rise after regulator conducts
           salary review
    • Abstract: Nursing and Midwifery Council chief executive Jackie Smith (pictured) received a pay rise of almost £20,000 in the past year, according to the regulator’s annual report.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Register suspension for ‘sickness’ scam
    • Abstract: A nurse team leader whose role included investigating sick leave was suspended from the register for claiming sick pay while working.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • News in brief
    • Abstract: A roundup of the latest nursing news
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Praise for mental health staff, despite safety fears
    • Abstract: A fall in the number of mental health nurses has been linked to increased risk to patient safety, in an England-wide Care Quality Commission (CQC) report.
      PubDate: 2017-07-26
       
  • Exploring patients' experience of hospital meal-ordering systems
    • Abstract: Aim Aim To explore patients' experience of written, spoken and visual menus in the acute hospital setting. Method Method Ten patients from a tertiary teaching hospital were asked to evaluate three meal-ordering systems, which were randomly allocated to them. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to gain an understanding of the patients'
      PubDate: 2017-07-25
       
  • How to perform nasal douching
    • Abstract: Rationale and key points Rationale and key points This article provides information on nasal douching, which nurses can use to advise patients on how to perform this procedure. It explains how to prepare and use a home-made solution for nasal douching, and discusses the various products available that can assist
      PubDate: 2017-07-24
       
  • Benefits of, and barriers to, family witnessed resuscitation in practice
    • Abstract: This article, discussing family witnessed resuscitation, is the first in a series providing nurses with information about essential aspects of critical care. Family witnessed resuscitation is not common practice in healthcare settings, despite its well-documented benefits. Lack of implementation arises because of fear and anxiety among healthcare practitioners about the
      PubDate: 2017-07-24
       
  • Using telehealth in the management of hypertension
    • Abstract: Aim Aim To explore the usefulness of, and evidence for, telehealth in the management of hypertension in the primary care setting. Method Method The population, intervention, comparison and outcome (PICO) tool was used to define the research question for the literature review, which was: ‘Do adults with hypertension being monitored
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Recognising and diagnosing depression in children and young people
    • Abstract: This article focuses on the recognition and diagnosis of depression in children and young people. Depression in children and young people is underdiagnosed and has been linked to long-term harm. Effective recognition of the condition is crucial in reducing its burden, and supports appropriate management to prevent potential long-term harm.
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • NHS managers are found to improve patient care
    • Abstract: Having more managers at NHS trusts has been linked to better performance.
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Story in numbers
    • Abstract: NHS Blood and Transplant UK transplant activity report
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Study to investigate how nurse-led CBT can support women with breast
           cancer
    • Abstract: Breast care nurses are being trained to offer talking therapy in an effort to improve treatment for hot flushes and night sweats.
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • nursingstandard.com
    • Abstract: 1 Mentors for nursing students could be replaced with supervisors and assessors as part of a ‘radical’ overhaul of education by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Read more: rcni.com/mentors-scrapped
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Nurses’ charity reports steep rise in calls for support
    • Abstract: A charity that supports nurses in hardship is concerned at a steep rise in calls since the start of 2016.
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • ‘It’s change like never before’
    • Abstract: With Brexit, new roles and routes into nursing, changes to the student bursary in England, and draft standards for nursing education, there is a lot happening to affect nursing schools.
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Noticeboard
    • Abstract: Courses, events, grants, and awards to progress your career
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Around the world
    • Abstract: 1 19th International Conference on Nursing Leadership and Management 18-19 September, Rome, Italy tinyurl.com/nursing-leadership-italy
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Stroke in childhood
    • Abstract: Essential facts About 400 children a year have a stroke in the UK. Many are left with severe disability. While there have been improvements in diagnosis and treatment in recent years, the condition is still not as well recognised as stroke in adults. Experts believe that greater awareness among parents
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Stricter air pollution levels could save thousands of lives
    • Abstract: Up to 10,000 lives could be saved a year by reducing air pollution, research has found.
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Mobile phone use changes the way we navigate obstacles
    • Abstract: A study led by scientists at Anglia Ruskin University investigated how mobile phone use affects where people look and how they negotiate an obstacle along their walking path.
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Many women ‘unaware’ of cervical screening programme
    • Abstract: More than a quarter of women who have not had a smear test may not know about the cervical screening programme.
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Higher childhood intelligence linked to longer life
    • Abstract: Higher intelligence in childhood is associated with lower lifetime risk of major causes of death, including heart disease, stroke, smoking-related cancers, respiratory disease and dementia.
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Menopause symptoms can fool women into quitting cancer drugs
    • Abstract: Women are mistaking menopause symptoms for side effects of potentially lifesaving breast cancer drugs, causing them to stop treatment.
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • ‘Run, hide, tell’ applies to nurses too
    • Abstract: Nursing student Rhiannon Owen was at a cash machine in a busy area of London on a Saturday night when a taxi swerved towards her and the driver screamed at her to run. Looking up, she saw a man three metres away holding a knife with a 12-inch blade.
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Picture this: photos improve wound management
    • Abstract: Harefield Hospital’s clinical nurse specialist in surveillance Melissa Rochon introduced Photo at Discharge (PaD) to reduce the impact of surgical site infections (SSIs).
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Case of Memories: unlocking the past for former nurses with dementia
    • Abstract: Vintage-looking ear syringes, blood pressure monitors and other equipment from the early days of the NHS all feature in a nurse’s case being used to help people living with dementia.
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • It’s every nurse’s duty to help prevent terrorism
    • Abstract: Manchester is my home city and, like many people across the North West and in London, I have been devastated by the appalling terrorist attacks of recent months, which have felt very close to home. We can all be proud of the incredible way that the NHS family responded to
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Your chance to shape the future of the RCN and the profession
    • Abstract: Offering you the chance to join a committee is unlikely to set your pulse racing, so let’s put it another way: would you like to join a group of dynamic nurses who will help shape the future of the RCN and the wider nursing profession' If the answer is yes,
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Standards help to keep nurses and patients safe
    • Abstract: The proposed withdrawal of the standards for medicines management is potentially detrimental to nurses and patients. Medicines legislation is extremely complicated. The standards help practitioners understand what is legal and what is illegal, as well as legislation on licenced, off-licence and unlicensed medicines and the impact this could have on
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • The government must listen to global advice and invest in the NHS
    • Abstract: A recent report from the RCN estimates there are 40,000 registered nurse vacancies in England alone, a figure that has doubled in the past three years.
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Sickle cell disease deserves a place in nurse education
    • Abstract: Sickle cell disease (SCD) is the most common serious genetic condition in England. According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), there are an estimated 12,500 to 15,000 people with sickle cell disease in the UK.
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Mindset shift on PJ paralysis
    • Abstract: When I first created #EndPJparalysis, little did I know it would be adopted globally – and particularly across the UK – as a vehicle for enabling patients to get up, dressed and moving while in hospital.
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Review body reaction
    • Abstract: Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has pledged to listen to what the pay review body (RB) has to say about the pay cap for nurses. That’s all very well, but it is worth remembering that he voted against scrapping the cap in a Commons vote in June. So we won’t be
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Placement predicament
    • Abstract: Regarding the fall in applications for nursing degree courses, the problem is that it is not possible for many people to attend placements as part of nurse training and hold a full-time job at the same time.
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Win-win for staff and trusts
    • Abstract: Health boards should offer more secondments to their existing healthcare support workers and others, to invest in and keep the good staff they already have.
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Why should we pay'
    • Abstract: Pay all nursing students a salary and implement a two-year contract post-qualification so they work at the hospitals they trained at.
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Tweets of the week
    • Abstract: Nurses on Twitter
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Readers’ panel - Should weight problems be raised in a nurse’s
           appraisal'
    • Abstract: Our experts consider a hot topic of the day
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Nurses are becoming an endangered species
    • Abstract: Like my fellow wildlife enthusiasts, I am concerned about the decline in the number of butterflies. We can only hope that the dry and warm weather at the end of June will have boosted their numbers.
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Classic Grounded Theory: Applications with Qualitative & Quantitative
           Data
    • Abstract: This text fulfils its aim to ‘take the reader back to the roots of grounded theory’ without compromising its three tenets: exploration, emergence and constant comparative analysis.
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Patient Safety – Investigating and Reporting Serious Clinical
           Incidents
    • Abstract: This book draws on case studies to explain how to recognise a serious incident, how to undertake a root cause analysis and when a duty of candour applies.
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Integrated Care in Action: A Practical Guide for Health, Social Care and
           Housing Supports
    • Abstract: The blurb of this book suggests it is about leading, managing and delivering integrated care, but it could be applied to any kind of change in healthcare services.
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Student life - Flexible pathway into the profession for support staff
    • Abstract: As the shape of the UK nursing workforce changes, partnership working between employers and educational institutions can help recruit and retain staff.
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Creating calm amid confrontation
    • Abstract: In my first year of training, I had a placement on a challenging behaviours unit for people with a learning disability. One night shift at about 11.30pm a service user, who I will call Charlotte, became physically and verbally aggressive towards staff members. This was due to an incident earlier
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • In search of meaning
    • Abstract: Picture the scene, you are out for a drink with some of your non-nursing friends and they start to moan about their bad days at work.
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • An opportunity to steer the work of the RCN
    • Abstract: Are you passionate about your profession and keen to help shape its future' If so, joining an RCN committee could be your opportunity.
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • ‘Always listen, reflect and learn’
    • Abstract: Jodie Deards, winner of the RCNi Nurse Awards 2017 Commitment to Carers category, earned her degree as part of Australia’s first cohort of university-trained nurses in 1993. She came to the UK on a two-year working holiday in 2000 but stayed. After 10 years in the renal unit at Lister
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Mental capacity law
    • Abstract: What was the nature of the CPD activity, practice-related feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice' The article provided information about mental capacity law. It outlined how capacity assessments are undertaken, and how best-interests decisions should be made for those who lack capacity.
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • ‘My clinical nurse specialist is always there to offer advice and
           support’
    • Abstract: Joanne King is such a lovely, caring person, and it means a lot as a patient when you’re cared for by someone like that.
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Hospital fire
    • Abstract: A nurse-led walk-in centre in Surrey is closed indefinitely after a ‘devastating’ fire (pictured).
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • ‘Golden hellos’ could ease recruitment crisis, says peer
    • Abstract: The author of an influential report into the future of nursing has called for ‘golden hello’ incentive payments to boost recruitment to the profession.
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Older nurses more likely not to renew registration since start of
           revalidation
    • Abstract: Increased numbers of older nurses have left the register since the introduction of revalidation, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) revealed.
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Patients given a hotline to matron
    • Abstract: Patients and visitors at Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge hospitals on Merseyside have been benefiting from a direct ‘hotline’ to a matron.
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • News in brief
    • Abstract: A roundup of the latest nursing news
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Nurse who claimed he was a surgeon struck off
    • Abstract: A nurse who lied to his doctor wife and friends for seven years about being a leading surgeon has been struck off the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register.
      PubDate: 2017-07-19
       
  • Administering and monitoring high-alert medications in acute care
    • Abstract: The nurse's primary role in the medication process is to ensure that drugs are administered safely to patients, thus reducing the risk of unnecessary harm or injury. High-alert medications are a particular concern for healthcare professionals, since they are associated with an increased risk of causing patient harm. This article
      PubDate: 2017-07-14
       
  • Managing patients' anxiety about planned medical interventions
    • Abstract: Patients are often anxious about planned medical interventions, and those experiencing anxiety are less likely to have the confidence to collaborate with healthcare professionals on their plan of care, and make decisions about consent. They may also find it challenging to follow rehabilitation guidelines, which can affect their long-term recovery.
      PubDate: 2017-07-13
       
 
 
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