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Journal Cover Nursing Standard
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  • Care of patients undergoing weaning from mechanical ventilation in
           critical care
    • Abstract: There are several reasons why mechanical ventilation – the use of an artificial device to assist a patient to breathe – may be initiated, for example to enable general anaesthesia for patients undergoing surgery, and for those with a compromised airway or respiratory failure. It is important that critical care
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • Methods of contraception: the nurse’s role in providing care and
           advice
    • Abstract: Most women require contraception during their reproductive years, and many methods are available. Women should have access to all of these methods and be encouraged to take an active role in decision-making about their choice of contraceptive, within medical eligibility constraints. Long-acting reversible contraceptives are more effective than user-dependent methods,
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • CPD funding cuts are prompting nurses to quit
    • Abstract: Cuts to continuing professional development (CPD) are a major reason for nurses leaving the profession, MPs have been told.
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • ‘Your work is so important,’ the Queen tells community nursing
           champion
    • Abstract: The chief executive of the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI), Crystal Oldman, has been honoured by her organisation’s patron, the Queen.
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • Touchscreens replace hospital’s handwritten whiteboards
    • Abstract: A hospital trust has introduced interactive whiteboards on wards to display patient information, following a successful pilot involving nurses.
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • Ensuring suicide prevention is everyone’s business
    • Abstract: When a student is distressed or has suicidal thoughts, the most obvious sources of support might seem to be university counselling or psychological services.
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • NICE quality standard on cerebral palsy
    • Abstract: Essential facts Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term for a group of permanent and non-progressive abnormalities of the fetal or neonatal brain, primarily leading to disorders of movement and posture. According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), it is the most common cause of physical disability
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • Doctors might delay retirement if work hours and red tape were cut
    • Abstract: Reducing working hours and red tape might encourage doctors to delay their retirement, a study suggests.
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • Healthcare staff need recovery time after mass casualty events
    • Abstract: The physical and psychological effects of mass casualty events on healthcare staff are severe, under-reported and under-appreciated, according to senior medics writing in the British Medical Journal.
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • Massage could help muscle regrowth in immobile patients
    • Abstract: Scientists from the University of Kentucky and Colorado State University in the US divided rats into four random groups, some of which had a hind limb suspended for 14 days.
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • Lower risk of dementia when taking anticoagulant drugs
    • Abstract: Anticoagulant drugs may protect against dementia in patients with a heart rhythm abnormality.
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • Drugs used to treat acid reflux increase stomach cancer risk
    • Abstract: Research published in the journal Gut by academics at the University of Hong Kong and University College London compared the use of proton pump inhibitors with other drugs that limit acid production, known as H2 blockers, in 63,397 adults.
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • The unconscious bias that’s keeping men out of nursing
    • Abstract: Nursing is an evolving profession that can offer something for everyone. Yet most NHS employers have substantial shortages of nurses, and since the EU referendum the number of nurses from elsewhere in the EU registering in the UK has been in significant decline.
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • The team making sure patients don’t die alone
    • Abstract: For nurses, being unable to provide all the support that patients and their families need at the end of life can be frustrating and distressing.
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • The Queen’s Nurse returns to Scotland
    • Abstract: The Queen’s Nursing Institute was established in 1887 – the year of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee – to train nurses to provide home nursing for the ‘sick poor’. Queen’s Nurses were trained until 1969, when a National Certificate for District Nurses replaced their training.
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • The future of health visiting is under threat
    • Abstract: The take-up of health visitor training places has fallen over the past three years in many higher education institutions (HEIs). Without a viable cohort of students it will be difficult for HEIs to deliver education programmes – and once programmes are closed the likelihood of reopening them is small.
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • CPD funding cuts prove costly for the profession
    • Abstract: How could this have been allowed to happen' Since 2015, the organisation responsible for nurses’, midwives’ and allied health professionals’ continuing professional development (CPD) in England has reduced the funding available from £205 million a year to £83 million. The consequences are there for all to see.
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • Looking less united
    • Abstract: Are nursing associates a good idea or not' The UK-wide Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has published draft standards for this new role, but acknowledged that it is only being considered in England. The NMC standards of proficiency for nursing associates say: ‘At the current time, there are no plans
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • Investment in nursing must not stop at new recruits
    • Abstract: Nursing is an amazing profession that provides fabulous opportunities. Many of us have had varied careers, and our routes into nursing may have been very different.
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • Schwartz rounds help ease stress and foster teamwork
    • Abstract: Findings of a new study on Schwartz rounds, published in October, show that healthcare staff who regularly share the emotional, social or ethical challenges they face in the workplace experience less psychological distress, improved teamwork, and increased empathy and compassion for patients and colleagues.
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • Readers’ panel - Will seeking samples from people who bite or spit at
           nurses make a bad situation worse'
    • Abstract: Our experts consider a hot topic of the day
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • Madness of NHS plan to ask patients their gender preference
    • Abstract: Imagine the scene. You are wheezing so loudly it sounds like someone is tuning bagpipes in your chest cavity, you are coughing and your GP looks so exhausted you are not sure which of you will cry first.
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • Revalidation: A Journey for Nurses and Midwives
    • Abstract: This publication informs individual registrants of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s revalidation requirements.
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • Dementia Activist
    • Abstract: Author Helga Rohra is living with a diagnosis of young-onset Lewy body dementia. Rohra writes about the experience of discovering something wasn’t right, the fear and apprehension she encountered prior to diagnosis and the difficulties after diagnosis, as well as the impact it had on her family and lifestyle.
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • A Nightingale Christmas Carol
    • Abstract: Donna Douglas doesn’t disappoint with this book, her eighth in the Nightingale series set in an East End London hospital.
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • Student life - What it is to be a leader
    • Abstract: After settling into my role as a staff nurse, it soon dawned on me why leadership is currently such a big topic in the nursing world, and I have increasingly found myself thinking about how I am as a leader.
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • Dignity in difficult circumstances
    • Abstract: In my first year of training I was working in an emergency department when an acutely unwell patient was brought in by ambulance.
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • How to stay fit and healthy this winter
    • Abstract: Whether you are longing for your bed during a busy night shift, or leaving the ward after another 12-hour day, front-line nursing is not for those who want regular hours.
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • ‘It feels like the trust is investing in us’
    • Abstract: After qualifying as an adult nurse two years ago, Charlotte Hall’s first role was in the medical assessment unit at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. ‘It’s been a great starting point, and the medical assessment unit in particular has been a very good learning curve. But I wanted to move
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • ‘Mistakes are a chance to learn’
    • Abstract: Jo Boyd qualified in 1994 and is an advanced nurse practitioner (ANP) and community pathways services lead at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Swindon. She has worked in an acute assessment unit and for the Army Primary Healthcare Service.
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • Service evaluation
    • Abstract: What was the nature of the CPD activity, practice-related feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice' The article outlined how nurses could undertake service evaluation projects to examine issues in clinical practice. It explained how service evaluations differ from clinical audits and research activities, and discussed the elements of
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • Appreciation and orientation go a long way if you’re an agency nurse
    • Abstract: While working as an agency nurse I found that employers are quick to contact you about mistakes but slow to pass on compliments.
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • Wales’ nurse of the year
    • Abstract: Respiratory nurse Louise Walby has been named RCN in Wales Nurse of the Year for her work tackling some of Britain’s highest mortality rates for chronic lung disease.
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • RCN demands budget pledge, as nurses ‘can’t pay the
           bills’
    • Abstract: The RCN stepped up pressure on the government to commit to an above-inflation pay rise for nurses, as it released the results of its staff survey ahead of this week’s budget.
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • Trust proposes overseas exchange scheme to help retain staff with itchy
           feet
    • Abstract: A leading trust is in talks to set up a pioneering overseas exchange for nurses to improve retention and plug gaps if staff go travelling.
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • ‘Spending cuts and mortality are linked’
    • Abstract: Nurse numbers may be a ‘critical factor’ in almost 120,000 excess deaths in England.
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • Guidance aims to iron out job title inconsistencies
    • Abstract: NHS employers have been told to ensure staff with the word ‘advanced’ in their job titles meet standards set out in new guidance to protect patient safety.
      PubDate: 2017-11-22
       
  • Errors in the nursing management of a deteriorating patient
    • Abstract: Effective management of the deteriorating patient requires early recognition of the signs of deterioration, timely review and appropriate interventions. However, this does not always occur. Errors in the recognition and management of a deteriorating patient are rarely related to a single factor; rather they are a complex interaction of system
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • Understanding and meeting your legal responsibilities as a nurse
    • Abstract: Nurses, midwives and nursing students are legally responsible for their actions. This article discusses the legal standard of care required in relation to nursing and midwifery practice and nurses’ professional standards and code of conduct. It examines how courts in the UK determine if nurses have met their duty of
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • NMC hopes to become ‘more dynamic’ regulator
    • Abstract: A consultation has been launched on ‘urgently needed’ reforms to the regulation of nurses and other health professionals.
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • ‘Sugar bag baby’ determined to give something back as a
           neonatal nurse
    • Abstract: Two decades on from her remarkable survival as an infant, a ‘sugar bag baby’ who was born at just 24 weeks’ gestation has become a neonatal nurse.
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • Retiring chief nurse says leading has been ‘an incredible
           privilege’
    • Abstract: When Great Ormond Street Hospital’s retiring chief nurse Juliette Greenwood was asked what she did, she would always reply: ‘I am a nurse.’
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • What the Welsh safe staffing law will in practice enforce
    • Abstract: The first nurse staffing law in Europe is now being implemented in Wales, but the RCN and senior members of the profession warn that nursing shortages and financial problems could make it hard to enforce.
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • NICE guidance on child abuse and neglect
    • Abstract: Essential facts One in five children in the UK has experienced severe maltreatment, according to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Cruelty to children and young people is a criminal offence. It can have serious adverse health and social consequences, for example, affecting growth and increasing
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • Teenage girls more likely to self-harm than boys
    • Abstract: A significant increase in the incidence of self-harm among teenage girls has been uncovered by a study involving thousands of young people.
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • Heart surgery in afternoon less risky due to body clock
    • Abstract: Patients who have open heart surgery in the afternoon could be at less risk of adverse effects than those who have morning operations, due to the body’s internal clock, researchers say.
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • Healthy lifelong diet pays dividends in older age
    • Abstract: People who have a healthier diet throughout their adult lives are more likely to be stronger and fitter in older age, a study shows.
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • Being underweight increases chances of early menopause
    • Abstract: Underweight women are at greater risk of experiencing an early menopause than those of normal weight, scientists say.
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • Possible rise in diabetes risk with statin use should be weighed against
           benefits
    • Abstract: Statin use could be associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, researchers say.
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • Making it easier for older nurses to stay
    • Abstract: Three months after retiring at 55, renal nurse Julie Emerson found she missed working and took another post. But while keen to share the skills and experience built up over almost four decades, she has handed in her notice at her most recent job after struggling with 13-hour shifts.
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • Investment in quality saves NHS trust millions
    • Abstract: Getting grassroots staff involved in quality improvement brings benefits for patients and helps the workforce feel they are delivering the best services. That is the experience of Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL), which has trained 380 staff as quality champions, who lead on and implement improvement schemes
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • Easing the strain at the end of life
    • Abstract: More people with dementia are dying at home and not in hospital, an indication that end of life care is improving. However, this does not mean they are spending their final months, weeks and days surrounded by home comforts, away from the clinical setting.
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • The budget must signal better pay is on the way
    • Abstract: Pay is the main way the government helps the NHS keep and motivate its workforce. There are other areas where government intervention would be helpful, such as bursaries and the right to stay for European Union health staff, and workload, culture and job security are also important. But pay is
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • A focus on quality improvement, not cost cutting, can save millions
    • Abstract: It is a common refrain by staff in any number of services and industries: cut spending and quality will suffer. Few senior managers appreciate that the opposite approach is more likely to be successful: invest in quality and the result will invariably be more efficient working and better outcomes all
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • Monitoring medication
    • Abstract: Patients are often asked to bring their own medication into hospital. This helps staff to keep an accurate record of what is currently being prescribed and actually taken, and ensures any medication issues can be addressed. It also helps ensure that patients receive their regular medication if those medicines aren’t
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • Safe nurse staffing ratios must be mandated globally
    • Abstract: Developing nursing leadership and strengthening the nursing contribution is at the heart of the work of the European Nurse Directors Association (ENDA).
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • Help homeless young people
    • Abstract: As a leading UK charity for homeless young people, Centrepoint supports more than 9,200 people aged 16-25 year each year. In addition to providing a safe bed for the night, we help young people turn their lives around by gaining essential life skills, tackling their physical and mental health issues,
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • Readers’ panel - Should the UK stop recruiting from developing
           countries'
    • Abstract: Our experts consider a hot topic of the day
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • I’ll make no bones about it – do not label us frail
    • Abstract: ‘They’ve referred me to the frailty team,’ said a friend. ‘You' Frail'!’ I said, incredulous. We chuckled in disbelief.
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • Understanding Ethics for Nursing Students (Second edition)
    • Abstract: Part of the Transforming Nursing Practice series, this book is a welcome contribution to the broad range of literature related to nursing ethics.
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • Snowball in a Blizzard: The tricky problem of uncertainty in medicine
    • Abstract: The author of this book, an assistant professor of medicine, uses his many years of front-line medical experience to challenge the perception of medicine.
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams
    • Abstract: This informative, comprehensive, up-to-date book encompasses all aspects of sleep medicine. Written by a world authority and scientific expert, it explains in simple terms but with interesting detail the different stages of sleep, how they change throughout life, and why each one is important.
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • Student life - Seeing the bigger picture
    • Abstract: I represented UK nursing students at the annual general meeting of the European Nursing Student Association (ENSA) in Brussels in October.
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • The power of communication
    • Abstract: In my first year of training I was on placement on a neurology surgical ward where I helped to care for a patient who I will call George.
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • Use regular reflection to see patients as people, not tasks
    • Abstract: Since the introduction of the revalidation process last year, greater emphasis has been placed on what you can learn by reflecting on your practice. The idea is not just to complete the necessary paperwork to retain your registration, but to engage in a process of continuous enquiry so that you
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • Don’t be afraid to give prison nursing a try
    • Abstract: If you’ve never considered prison nursing or discounted it as dangerous, it’s time to think again, says Ben Tolley, who is responsible for healthcare across eight prison sites in Northamptonshire and neighbouring counties.
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • Aim for the best care possible
    • Abstract: Ismalia de Sousa qualified as a registered general nurse in Portugal in 2009, aged 21, and moved to the UK the same year. Her first staff nurse job was in the hyper-acute stroke unit at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London.
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • Reflective practice
    • Abstract: What was the nature of the CPD activity, practice-related feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice' The article defined reflection, and demonstrated how it can be used to support nurses’ revalidation with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. It also explained various models of reflection that nurses can use in
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • Respiratory nurse taught our family the skills to use essential equipment
    • Abstract: When my mother was admitted to the respiratory support and sleep centre at Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Cambridgeshire, Lucy Pinner showed exceptional kindness in dealing with her clinical issues.
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • Remembrance day
    • Abstract: Nurses who have served during conflicts worldwide were remembered by the RCN last week.
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • One in eight who quit nursing cite lack of work-life balance
    • Abstract: The number of nurses and health visitors leaving trusts in England because of difficulties with work-life balance has more than doubled in the past five years.
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • Refugee charity appeals for volunteers who can assess potential host
           families
    • Abstract: A small charity that helps refugees from war-torn countries to find a temporary place to stay in the UK needs nurse volunteers to assess potential hosts.
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • Staff gaps ‘biggest risk to NHS services’
    • Abstract: Workforce concerns are the ‘single biggest risk facing services’, according to NHS Providers, the membership body representing health service organisations.
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • RCN to consult members on legally set staff ratios
    • Abstract: The RCN has reiterated its call for UK-wide safe staffing levels across all settings to be legally binding.
      PubDate: 2017-11-15
       
  • Managing chronic oedema and wet legs in the community: a service
           evaluation
    • Abstract: Patients with chronic oedema and ‘wet legs’ are frequently seen in the community setting, with research indicating that more than half of community nurses’ caseloads are patients with chronic oedema. However, a lack of nurse education and standardised care pathways for this condition has been identified. In June 2016, the
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • Cardiac monitoring and the use of a systematic approach in interpreting
           electrocardiogram rhythms
    • Abstract: Attaching a patient to a cardiac monitor and obtaining a clear electrocardiogram (ECG) trace may now be considered basic nursing skills. In line with the UK professional standards and code of conduct, healthcare practitioners are required to practise effectively and preserve patients’ safety. Therefore, healthcare practitioners undertaking cardiac monitoring are
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • Schwartz rounds may cut staff distress levels by half
    • Abstract: Sharing the emotional and ethical challenges of work reduces distress and improves teamwork, a nurse-led research team suggests.
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • Nurses’ vigilance could improve fast-tracking of community care for
           dying patients
    • Abstract: The charity Marie Curie is urging nurses to be advocates for terminally ill patients who may benefit from a fast-track service that helps them receive care at home.
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • Lecturers take tissue viability advice to commuters
    • Abstract: A nursing lecturer has been raising awareness of pressure ulcers among commuters.
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • ‘No coherent workforce plan’ as NHS nurse shortage worsens
    • Abstract: NHS workforce planning in England is ‘not fit for purpose’, warns a new report, criticising the lack of a coherent strategy to tackle nursing shortages. The report by the Health Foundation charity argues that the situation is worsening, with fewer nurses coming into the NHS and fewer remaining in it.
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • Parkinson’s disease
    • Abstract: Updated guidance from NICE on Parkinson’s disease includes information on treatment, palliative care and managing impulse control disorders that can develop due to dopamine therapy
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • Obese children more likely to need repeat admission for asthma
    • Abstract: Children taken to hospital due to asthma may be at risk of repeated admissions if they are also obese, a study has found.
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • Support needed to promote more exercise in older people
    • Abstract: Better training and support is needed to help health professionals promote the benefits of exercise among older people, according to a group of health and social care experts.
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • Anxiety and depression linked to more frequent migraines
    • Abstract: Anxiety and depression can contribute to people experiencing migraine more frequently, a study suggests.
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • No greater risk of bleeding seen in new anti-clotting drugs
    • Abstract: New anti-clotting drugs do not present a greater risk of major bleeding than existing ones, a study suggests.
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • PrEP could help cut HIV cases by up to one quarter and cut costs
    • Abstract: Up to one in four cases of HIV in men who have sex with other men could be prevented by providing them with pre-emptive medication, research shows.
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • The drinking generations: alcohol and the over-fifties
    • Abstract: When you think about a problem drinker, the image that comes to mind probably isn’t Tom or Barbara from 70s British sitcom The Good Life – or indeed their snobbish neighbours Margo and Jerry. Yet the Goods and the Leadbetters were constantly reaching for the gin and tonic or heading
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • Education at the Heart of diabetes care
    • Abstract: Standing in a consultation room at the National Institute of Medical Science and Nutrition in Mexico City, Martin Ortega is feeling proud of himself. He recounts the story of a drastic turnaround in his health and how, for two years, he ignored signs of diabetes. He admits he was too
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • Support when a child dies is key to coping
    • Abstract: Five years ago, my one-year-old son George was playing with his siblings when he had a seizure. Two hours later he was dead.
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • Lessons from Ryanair
    • Abstract: With winter looming, thoughts may turn to jetting off somewhere warm for a break. This could mean flying with Ryanair, which has been cancelling flights. It may be little comfort as you weigh up the options of a staycation or a week in the sun, but the Ryanair experience has
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • Fighting for the future of general practice nurses
    • Abstract: A key ambition of Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View is to provide more care in the community, treating people closer to home.
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • Audits are vital nursing tools
    • Abstract: Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of a service is essential if nurses are to identify areas for quality improvement.
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • New nurses deserve our support in their first steps on the career path
    • Abstract: The term ‘theory-practice gap’ was coined in an attempt to describe the difference between nursing in the classroom and the reality of practice in a clinical setting. Often it is used unfairly to denigrate newly qualified nurses when they arrive in the workplace and attempt to make the transition from
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • Readers’ panel - Will the ban on super-size snacks help reduce
           obesity'
    • Abstract: Our experts consider a hot topic of the day
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • There’s nothing to be embarrassed about
    • Abstract: ‘So you would like tablets that soften the stool'’ ‘Yes, that’s what she would like,’ I said, emphatically. ‘The medication is for someone else.’
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • So… That’s why I’m Bonkers! A Girl’s Guide to Surviving the
           Menopause (First edition)
    • Abstract: This is an interesting and detailed book about one woman’s experience of the menopause. It describes her journey and battle to be diagnosed and treated.
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • Clinical Examination Skills for Healthcare Professionals (Second edition)
    • Abstract: This practical guide offers excellent yet concise content on an evidence-based approach to conducting clinical examinations. It also includes chapters on perioperative, obstetric and mental health assessments.
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • Ethics at the End of Life – New Issues and Arguments
    • Abstract: This book has a philosophical approach to end of life care rather than a nursing focus.
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • Student life - Take a step back
    • Abstract: My nursing degree equipped me with the skills to take up my first staff nurse post, but after graduating this year I soon realised I am only at the beginning of my professional development journey.
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • A lesson in emotional resilience
    • Abstract: One of the first clinical placements in my first year of training was in a community rehabilitation hospital for older people.
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • Reconnect with why you became a nurse
    • Abstract: It is most likely it was your caring instinct and a desire to give your best that first drew you into the nursing profession.
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • Taking the anxiety out of reflective writing
    • Abstract: Reflective accounts are an integral part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) revalidation process, but reflective writing can cause anxiety for some nurses, especially those who have been out of formal education for a while.
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • Be brave in your career choices
    • Abstract: After qualifying as a mental health nurse in 1986, Jonathan Warren worked in a range of specialities, including adult and forensic mental health. In 2005 he became head of healthcare at London’s Pentonville Prison and in 2008 was appointed head of nursing at East London NHS Foundation Trust, where he
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • Nurse-patient relationships
    • Abstract: What was the nature of the CPD activity, practice-related feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice' The article emphasised the importance of nurses establishing effective therapeutic relationships with patients, and provided information about how these relationships can be maintained.
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • Hospice nurse’s professionalism never wavers, even in trying times
    • Abstract: The word that always crops up when my mother, Anne Sutton, is discussed by our family members, her patients or fellow members of staff is ‘angel’.
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • Queen’s nurses
    • Abstract: Hundreds gathered to celebrate community nurses at the annual Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) awards in London. Three nurses were made QNI fellows, while other awards included the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother award for outstanding service. Certificates and badges were presented to 119 new Queen’s Nurses by Wales chief nurse
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • Multiple factors driving exodus from the register
    • Abstract: The number of nurses and midwives leaving the profession has risen by 13% in the past year.
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • Call for sickle cell education to become standard at undergraduate level
    • Abstract: All nursing students should leave university with knowledge of sickle cell disease, a professor who pioneered screening for the disease said.
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • Staffing guidance follows law change
    • Abstract: The Welsh government has issued statutory guidance on the country’s nurse staffing law.
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • Nurse’s suicide prompts trust to instigate inquiry
    • Abstract: The death of an award-winning nurse who set light to himself outside Kensington Palace has prompted an independent investigation.
      PubDate: 2017-11-08
       
  • Patient transfer from the intensive care unit to a general ward
    • Abstract: The transfer of patients from the intensive care unit (ICU) to a general ward can present several challenges for nurses. Such patients are at high risk of adverse outcomes, including readmission to the ICU, and increased nosocomial infections and mortality, with a resultant increase in hospital costs. This article explores
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Management of nausea and vomiting in patients with advanced cancer at the
           end of life
    • Abstract: The prevalence of nausea and vomiting in patients with advanced cancer varies, but it generally increases towards the end of life. Nausea and vomiting can be distressing and debilitating for patients, and can affect quality of life significantly. This article discusses the assessment of nausea and vomiting, current understanding of
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Antifibrinolytics (lysine analogues) for the prevention of bleeding in
           people with haematological disorders
    • 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: 2017-11-01
       
  • Outstanding trusts set the standard in dementia care
    • Abstract: A deputy chief nurse has developed a framework to help hospitals in England improve standards of care for people with dementia.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Story in numbers
    • Abstract: Study by social research think tank NatCen of how nurses’ income has fared since 2010
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Accolade for team that supported families after Manchester Arena bomb
    • Abstract: A bereavement nurse specialist who helped families in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena bombing has accepted a national award on behalf of colleagues.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • nursingstandard.com
    • PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Checklist will help A&E nurses deliver safe care in peak periods, says
           NHS Improvement
    • Abstract: Nurses in emergency departments in England are being encouraged to use a new checklist to ensure patients receive safe care quickly over the winter period.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Attitudes harden towards assaults on staff
    • Abstract: Mental health nurse Sharon Morris was attacked by a patient in the grounds of her former workplace last autumn. Ms Morris was repeatedly punched in the face until she lost consciousness and collapsed.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Noticeboard
    • Abstract: Courses, events, grants, and awards to progress your career
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Around the world
    • Abstract: International nursing events and conferences.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Complaints
    • Abstract: Essential facts NHS Digital has published statistics on written complaints about the NHS in 2016-17, which show that the volume of complaints about nurses has increased.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Consumption of omega-6 fats may help prevent type 2 diabetes
    • Abstract: A diet rich in omega-6 fats, contained in bean and seed oils, can significantly reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, scientists say.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Child and adolescent obesity increases tenfold in 40 years
    • Abstract: Obesity in children and adolescents has increased tenfold in the past 40 years, a global study has revealed.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Sugar-laden drink levy boosts healthier choices
    • Abstract: A levy on sugary drinks combined with other measures could persuade people to choose healthier alternatives.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Don’t sleep on your back, pregnant women advised
    • Abstract: Pregnant women who sleep on their back during late pregnancy may cause problems for their baby, say researchers who advise against the position.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Immunotherapy may stop aggressive ‘reawakening’ of dormant
           cancer cells
    • Abstract: Immunotherapy may prevent cancer cells that survive treatment from using the body’s own immune system to ‘wake up’ and regrow, a study shows.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Getting your practice-related feedback right
    • Abstract: Seeking practice-related feedback is a fundamental part of the revalidation process. But gaining the necessary five views, from varied sources, on your care and work can be a challenge for nurses going through the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) mandatory scheme to re-register.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Bracing for worst winter yet
    • Abstract: Last winter was brutal for many nurses. The system struggled to cope with demand and the RCN warned that the nurses were at ‘breaking point’.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Boosting expertise in care homes
    • Abstract: Kate Sanders is the first to admit the perceived image of care homes is not always of vibrant learning environments at the forefront of developing best practice.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • The government must fund pay awards
    • Abstract: I would like to be able to say that RCN staff and members gave a huge cheer when the health secretary used our campaign slogan to tell MPs that the pay cap was scrapped, but politicians’ repeated failures to keep promises have made us all cynical.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Focus of NHS workforce planning must be keeping the staff we have
    • Abstract: The lack of coherent workforce planning in the English NHS is hardly news, so another report highlighting the problem is in danger of receiving little coverage. However, Rising pressure: the NHS workforce challenge deserves our attention as it reveals the sheer scale of the looming crisis.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Studying while off sick
    • Abstract: If you are absent from work due to illness, you can self-certificate for the first seven days. During this time, you are saying you are unfit for all work, including attending university.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • We want to understand the issues you face, wherever you practise
    • Abstract: On 3 November I will be attending the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s first ever UK advisory forum in Edinburgh. This initiative provides opportunities for the NMC to work more cohesively across the four UK countries, enhancing our engagement with regional and national issues.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • We must all work together to stop infection spreading
    • Abstract: The prevention of infection is a vital part of patient safety and central to reducing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) by lessening the need for antibiotics.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Have we lost good practice'
    • Abstract: I read with interest the #EndPJparalysis article by Brian Dolan (opinion, 18 October).
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Extra demand is an insult
    • Abstract: Having worked in a GP surgery I know receptionists are underpaid for the great volume of work they are expected to do (Readers’ Panel, 18 October).
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Smoking ban
    • Abstract: If health bosses want to promote health, they should start by stopping the smokers from standing outside the front entrances, instead of banning super-sized snacks in hospitals (news online, 16 October).
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Can we trust Hunt'
    • Abstract: Well done to RCN activists and pay champions across the country. The pay cap hasn’t been scrapped yet as I have not seen it in my bank balance. Jeremy Hunt claims it has, but can we really trust him'
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Giving 100% each shift
    • Abstract: Thank you for your article (Maintain your standards of care – but be realistic, see page 37). The author’s thoughts reflect my own and I try to give 100% each shift, but it isn’t enough. Being part of a good team is a bonus too, but sadly it only takes
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Tweets of the week
    • Abstract: Nurses on Twitter
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Readers’ panel - Is lifting cap an empty gesture if pay is linked to
           productivity'
    • Abstract: Our experts consider a hot topic of the day
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • A wake-up call: does the public really want a 24-hour NHS'
    • Abstract: The dawn chorus was tuning up when I rang a patient about an operation and gave her the fright of her life.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • How to Do Your Research Project: A Guide for Students (Third edition)
    • Abstract: This book, which is supported with a companion website, could be helpful for students of social or health sciences at undergraduate, master’s or PhD level.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Caring Matters Most
    • Abstract: Written in the first person and illustrated by stories, this book cuts right across the conventional bioethics that underpin the Nursing and Midwifery Council Code.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • The Flight Of The Black Necked Swans
    • Abstract: This is an account of one man’s beliefs, the love of his homeland and his love of the NHS. Starting in Chile, where he fought for the rights of the people, it goes on to his fight for the rights of staff and patients in the NHS.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Student life - Going beyond empathy
    • Abstract: Nursing students are encouraged to place compassion at the centre of practice, with empathy often considered a crucial component of quality care. But can this be taken too far'
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • A simple smile goes a long way
    • Abstract: When I started my adult nursing degree in 2015, I could not have imagined I would spend four weeks working in a teaching hospital in Sri Lanka.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Maintain standards – but be realistic too
    • Abstract: Even though it’s been a good few years since I nursed on the wards, I will never forget that feeling at the end of a 12-and-a-half-hour shift.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Meet the nurse who performs surgery
    • Abstract: Watching a hip replacement operation as a nursing student proved to be pivotal in Sara Dalby’s nursing career.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Don’t pigeonhole yourself
    • Abstract: After qualifying as a registered general nurse in 1988, Vicky Stevens held clinical roles in London at St Thomas’ Hospital, Lambeth Community NHS Trust and at a general practice in Stockwell. She joined Kent and Medway in 1997 as a ward sister and in 2014 was appointed service development lead
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Global health
    • Abstract: What was the nature of the CPD activity, practice-related feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice' The article defined the terms globalisation and global health, and discussed the ways in which increased globalisation is affecting healthcare, in particular nursing.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Gentle psychiatric nurse helps me avoid stress and enjoy life
    • Abstract: David Robinson – no relation – is my community psychiatric nurse (CPN) and the first male CPN I have ever had.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Seacole award winners
    • Abstract: The latest winners of the Mary Seacole awards, which provide funding to develop healthcare projects for black and minority ethnic communities, were announced at a ceremony in London last week. The winners are (from left): De Montf ort University associate professor for nursing Bertha Ochieng; Central North West London NHS
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Legal move to protect nurses ‘could be counterproductive’
    • Abstract: A proposed legal power to seek blood or saliva samples from anyone who bites or spits at a nurse ‘could make bad situations worse’.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • ‘Do not treat stressed nurses like criminals if they steal drugs to
           feed an addiction’
    • Abstract: Nurses who steal and misuse prescription drugs recover better if they are treated like people who are addicted rather than thieves, a Scandinavian study shows.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Call for urgent action on staffing
    • Abstract: Staff shortages in Scotland’s NHS need to be addressed as a matter of urgency, a report states.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • News in brief
    • Abstract: A roundup of the latest nursing news
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Bursary’s demise piles on the workforce pressures
    • Abstract: Scrapping bursaries for nursing students in England has created a ‘pressure point’ in NHS workforce planning, a health charity report states.
      PubDate: 2017-11-01
       
  • Students’ perspectives of using the hub and spoke model to support and
           develop learning in practice
    • Abstract: The hub and spoke model is one approach to nursing students’ practice learning, which involves a base practice placement (hub), from which the student’s learning is complemented by additional activities (spokes). This model has been integrated into Edinburgh Napier University’s undergraduate nursing programmes since 2011, and it is considered to
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Recognition and management of eating disorders in children and young
           people
    • Abstract: Eating disorders form a group of mental health conditions characterised by abnormal eating habits and are associated with high mortality rates. This article provides nurses working in various settings with evidence-based strategies to identify, manage and refer children and young people with eating disorders. It explores what eating disorders are,
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Consultation begins on regulating associate role
    • Abstract: The government has begun consulting on the regulation of nursing associates.
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Story in numbers
    • Abstract: What the Labour Party says about the health visitor workforce
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Harry’s ‘utmost admiration’ for nurses who are exemplars
           of compassion
    • Abstract: Prince Harry has paid tribute to nurses who care for children with life-limiting conditions and their families.
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • nursingstandard.com
    • PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Groundbreaking statue to Mary Seacole nominated for design award
    • Abstract: A statue honouring Crimean war nurse Mary Seacole has been shortlisted for a design award.
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Hunt scraps the cap, but gives no detail on what comes next
    • Abstract: The pay cap has finally been scrapped, but nurses are being urged not to put away their protest banners just yet. After a sustained campaign by unions including the RCN, health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced in parliament on 10 October that the 1% cap on public sector pay rises would
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Noticeboard
    • Abstract: Courses, events, grants, and awards to progress your career
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Around the world
    • PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Termination of pregnancy
    • Abstract: Essential facts Under the supervision of a registered medical practitioner, nurses now plan, lead and manage a significant proportion of care for women undergoing medical termination of pregnancy. The current legislation, which governs how a termination of pregnancy is allowed, comes from the Abortion Act 1967, which was revised and
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Women with disabilities may be missing out on cancer screening
    • Abstract: Women with disabilities are one third less likely to participate in breast cancer screening and one quarter less likely to take part in bowel cancer screening than those without, according to research.
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • No clear evidence that most new cancer drugs enhance life
    • Abstract: Most cancer drugs approved in Europe between 2009 and 2013 entered the market without clear evidence they improved survival or quality of life. Even where drugs did show patient survival gains over existing treatments, these were often marginal, a study found.
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Cooling treatment cuts epilepsy risk after oxygen deprivation
    • Abstract: A cooling treatment for babies deprived of oxygen can reduce their chances of developing epilepsy later in childhood.
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • ‘Nocebo’ effect makes patients feel worse
    • Abstract: Researchers claim patients are more likely to experience negative side effects when they take a medication they think is more expensive.
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Multivitamin use during pregnancy could reduce autism risk
    • Abstract: There may be a link between taking multivitamins during pregnancy and a lower risk of autism in children.
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • All ideas welcome empowering staff to affect and sustain change
    • Abstract: All providers want to improve the quality of their services, and generally they want to involve their staff in doing so. But bringing about lasting change in a big organisation is difficult. Initiatives are frequently imposed from above and fail because of a lack of grassroots support and understanding.
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Delirium: spotting the signs at home
    • Abstract: Up to 30% of patients on medical wards, up to 50% of surgical patients and around 14% of care home residents are believed to have delirium, but this serious condition remains poorly understood among healthcare professionals.
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Removing the barriers to nurse research
    • Abstract: Research led by nurses, midwives and allied health professionals results in older people falling less, fewer infections in hospital, better rehabilitation for stroke survivors, improved rates of return to work after illness and better mental healthcare. Statistics on research excellence speak for themselves: 81% of research that includes nurses, midwives
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Prepare for flu season
    • Abstract: Although most well people of working age will only experience mild symptoms if they contract flu, for some groups it can pose a serious risk to health. Those at particular risk of severe illness include the very young, pregnant women, older people, immunosuppressed patients and those with underlying disease, such
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Nursing needs to think globally and act now
    • Abstract: Nursing cannot afford to be isolationist – that was a clear message from the global health leaders who addressed the International Council of Nurses (ICN) health policy summit in the US last month.
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Self-diagnosis is not all bad
    • Abstract: If you have a record collection, you will know the sense of dread when your turntable starts to emit a pleasure-spoiling rumble.
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Two top appointments for nurses will put the profession on a better
           footing
    • Abstract: Nursing has never enjoyed the standing around the world that it deserves, but recent developments suggest this could finally be about to change.
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Language requirement is fair
    • Abstract: It’s so annoying to hear that Brexit is responsible for a reduction in European nurse applicants (Nursing unions in plea to secure rights of ‘vital’ EU nationals, news online 13 October). I am a nurse and have asked several European nurses for their views. The only conclusion I have is
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • I wish I’d had mindfulness
    • Abstract: I wish I had been taught mindfulness a long time ago (Mindfulness training could help reduce burn out, online news 13 October). I may still be in my team leader post, had I had that to help me focus and not dwell on everything to excess.
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • A second attempt is worth it
    • Abstract: Welcome back to nursing Grant Byrne and good luck with your training (see students, page 35). Many years ago I twice failed my finals and it was very stressful to keep going. Then, after 12 years as a staff nurse, I had to give up my career as childcare was
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • We need political awareness
    • Abstract: I was so pleased to read your article Undergrads and registrants should show a united front (student life, 18 October). Nursing students and nurses need to be in tune with current affairs and political issues to influence policies affecting the profession.
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Associate role will be abused
    • Abstract: Enrolled nurses were perfectly good but they were got-rid-of when it was said their role was being abused because they were having to take on the duties of the registered nurse because there was a shortage. I fear these new nursing associates will be underpaid and overused.
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • So proud of associates’ work
    • Abstract: I’m a trainee nursing associate with 14 years’ experience as a healthcare support worker. I have all the grades to go for nurse registration if I wish, but at the moment I am extremely excited about this new role. Enrolled nurses were missed when the role was taken away. I’m
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Tweets of the week
    • Abstract: Nurses on Twitter
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Readers’ panel - Why haven’t employers acted on concerns about
           staffing
    • Abstract: Our experts consider a hot topic of the day
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Life must go on – even through illness
    • Abstract: It was so embarrassing. For the third time, I needed to change the same non-urgent medical appointment because I had to work, or take an elderly relative to the doctor’s.
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Thoughtful Health Care: Ethical Awareness & Reflective Practice
    • Abstract: This easy-to-read book is a must for nurses seeking to improve the quality of care they provide.
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • The Lives of Older Lesbians: Sexuality, Identity & the Life Course
    • Abstract: The author of this book suggests that older lesbians enter a kind of cultural ‘Bermuda Triangle’, into which they disappear without trace.
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia: A Guide for Families
    • Abstract: This guidebook for family carers of people with learning disabilities who have dementia covers diagnosis, health changes, support strategies and future concerns.
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Don’t be afraid to try again
    • Abstract: ‘Failure is not fatal,’ so the saying goes, but it is fair to say that leaving my nursing course in 2015 felt like the death of my career.
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Coping with an emergency
    • Abstract: After a 12-hour shift on my nursing placement, I was about to get on the bus when I saw a disabled man holding up a woman who appeared to be having a seizure.
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Supporting nurses in times of hardship
    • Abstract: Years of pay restraint is one reason why increasing numbers of nursing staff are struggling financially, with many turning to charities such as the Cavell Nurses’ Trust for support.
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Improving patient care through leadership
    • Abstract: The benefits of a staff leadership course at Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are being felt by patients, says the programme’s senior lecturer. ‘And that’s whether the staff are clinical or non-clinical,’ says Helen Cope, of Buckinghamshire New University.
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • What you do can make a difference
    • Abstract: Christine McKenzie joined the RCN in 2004 as a clinical leadership facilitator, having previously worked as a practice development nurse, a ward sister and manager for a centre providing women’s services at The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London. She is RCN professional lead for the executive nurse network
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Situation awareness
    • 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 concept of situation awareness, which involves an individual’s perception and subsequent projection of events taking place in the surrounding environment. Interpreting information from the environment can assist nurses to
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Respiratory nurse is always calm in a crisis and leads by example
    • Abstract: Every five to six weeks I spend about ten days in Royal Brompton Hospital in London to receive treatment for severe asthma.
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Nightingale letter
    • Abstract: A letter by Florence Nightingale expressing her vision for what would become community nursing has been found during a clear-out at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • ‘Foreign recruitment risks the destruction of health systems’
    • Abstract: The new interim head of a global nursing body has urged Western nations not to ‘destroy’ the health systems of developing countries by draining them of nurses to fill their own staffing gaps.
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Pay cap served a purpose but should be ditched without job cuts, says MP
           Lamb
    • Abstract: Former health minister Norman Lamb (pictured) has defended the coalition government’s pay cap for public sector workers, but said it would be ‘stupid’ to continue with it.
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Super-size snacks banned in hospitals
    • Abstract: Oversized chocolate bars will be banned in hospital shops and canteens as part of the latest drive against obesity, NHS England’s chief executive has announced.
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • News in brief
    • Abstract: A roundup of the latest nursing news
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • ‘Common-sense’ overhaul for UK language tests
    • Abstract: Language requirements for overseas nurses are to be overhauled, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has announced.
      PubDate: 2017-10-25
       
  • Person-centred care: experiences of older people with dementia
    • Abstract: Aim To explore the views, perceptions and experiences of older people with dementia of person-centred care, and how these might affect practice. Method This was a qualitative literature review. A literature search was undertaken, which involved searching databases, reference-checking, and hand-searching of academic journals, national policies and nursing organisation websites,
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Undertaking an accurate and comprehensive assessment of the acutely ill
           adult
    • Abstract: Accurate assessment of the acutely ill adult who has recently been admitted to hospital, or an inpatient whose condition begins to deteriorate, is becoming a required skill for nurses as people live longer and with a variety of complex conditions, and as nursing skills continue to evolve and develop. This
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • End may be in sight for abortion clinic protest
    • Abstract: Nurses working at an abortion clinic have thanked a local authority for investigating a ban on protesters.
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Story in numbers
    • Abstract: RCN analysis of mental health nursing vacancies in England
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • War nurses’ photographs bear vivid witness to their work on the
           fronts
    • Abstract: An exhibition of rarely seen photographs featuring and taken by nurses during the first world war has opened.
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • nursingstandard.com
    • PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • New role will support nurses in improving care quality and promoting
           health
    • Abstract: Nursing associates will be expected to promote health, monitor patient needs and improve safety and care quality on qualification, draft standards reveal.
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • When sharing data saves lives
    • Abstract: Sobrutal were Ayeeshia-Jayne Smith’s injuries, they were described as being of the kind normally seen after a car crash.
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Noticeboard
    • Abstract: Courses, events, grants, and awards to progress your career
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Around the world
    • Abstract: International nursing events and conferences.
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Delirium
    • Abstract: Essential facts Delirium is a state of heightened mental confusion that mainly affects older people. This serious condition typically develops over one to two days and is associated with poor outcomes. People who have delirium have increased risk of needing long-term care and experiencing hospital-acquired complications such as falls and
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Lack of training and poor access puts public off using defibrillators
    • Abstract: People are reluctant to use public access defibrillators to treat cardiac arrests as they don’t know where they are or how to use them, a study suggests.
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Older siblings raise the risk of serious flu in babies and toddlers
    • Abstract: Children under two years are more likely to be admitted to hospital with influenza if they have an older sister or brother, according to research published in the European Respiratory Journal.
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Healthcare staff need to be aware of HIV risk in older adults
    • Abstract: Awareness of HIV among healthcare professionals should be increased and targeted testing interventions introduced for older adults, say researchers
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Smoking linked to inflammatory skin disease
    • Abstract: Tobacco smokers are twice as likely to develop a debilitating skin disease, research suggests.
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Exercise built into daily life could reduce the risk of heart disease
    • Abstract: One in 12 deaths could be prevented by 30 minutes’ exercise on five days of the week, researchers suggest.
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Caring in a crisis
    • Abstract: Sada, aged 18 months, is placed into a large plastic washing up bowl to be weighed. Screaming, she tries to get out, but her body is weak. She has severe acute malnutrition.
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Capture the fracture
    • Abstract: ‘Osteoporosis is the “unseen” long-term condition,’ says clinical nurse specialist lead Donna Rowe. It is common for older patients presenting with a hip fracture to have a prior, unrecognised fragility fracture, she says, meaning underlying osteoporosis can go untreated. Even when the disease is identified, oral treatment regimes are poorly
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • #EndPJparalysis is about trusting nurses
    • Abstract: Broken Hill Hospital in New South Wales, Australia, is in a remote health district the size of England, with a population of just 30,000 people. It’s also the unlikely birthplace of #EndPJparalysis, a global social movement that has garnered more than 100 million impressions on Twitter since January this year.
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Doctors come at a price
    • Abstract: A few weeks before the announced increase in nursing student places, the government finally published details about the much-heralded increase in the number of medical students. The total projected addition of 1,500 medical student places – a 25% increase in intake – has implications for nurses and nursing.
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Invest in district nurses if you want to cope with winter pressures
    • Abstract: NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens announced that 2,000-3,000 extra hospital beds will be freed up to help the NHS cope with winter pressures. This is understandable given the growing number of frail, older people with complex long-term conditions who have an increased risk of falls during winter, are vulnerable
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Keep up to date with latest improvements in stroke care
    • Abstract: Brain imaging as a diagnostic tool for ischaemic or haemorrhagic stroke was developed in the 1960s, but recent years have seen huge improvements in stroke care in the UK. While thrombolysis, the clot-busting treatment, is now considered standard, a new kid on the block has arrived.
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Pay cap removal must translate to a meaningful pay rise
    • Abstract: It’s easy to write about the woes of the NHS. It’s even easier to criticise the inability of political leaders to agree on a plan to secure the future of the NHS – one institution that most people see as the defining success of our modern society.
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Behind the rise in complaints
    • Abstract: NHS managers should ask themselves why there has been as rise in complaints about nurses (Written complaints about nurses increase, online news, 15 September). Insufficient staffing, low morale, overtired unappreciated workers end up having a reduced commitment to their job – and this will affect the patient’s experience.
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • NHS uses nurses as scapegoats
    • Abstract: Nursing Standard asked how the NHS should deal with a rise in complaints about nurses (readers’ panel, 4 October). I suggest it should increase public awareness of what the nurse’s role actually is and improve the profession’s public image rather than belittling nurses, insulting them in the press and using
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Snowflake slur is offensive
    • Abstract: I’m surprised by Victoria Goodwin labelling an entire generation of students as ‘snowflakes’ and implying that we aren’t ‘busy studying, earning money from extra shifts and living life’ (your views, 4 October). This will be news to many of us.
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Grief of the rejected donor
    • Abstract: Ebony Dunkley has called for an increase in blood donations from black and minority ethnic (BME) donors (opinion, 4 October).
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Another lesson unlearned
    • Abstract: Isn’t getting unqualified staff to perform clinical tasks part of the problem that led to the Mid Staffs scandal (Scheme that sees GP receptionists direct patients to services trialled, online news, 25 September)' Have we all learned nothing from what happened there'
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Tweets of the week
    • Abstract: Nurses on Twitter
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Readers’ panel - Should GP receptionists be trained to direct patients
           to alternative services'
    • Abstract: Our experts consider a hot topic of the day
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • When the humble safety pin held nursing together
    • Abstract: I have never been one for badges and other accoutrements on my uniform. After they went through a 60-degree washing cycle a few times and emerged battered and misshapen, I came to the conclusion that I am simply too absent-minded for such adornments.
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Direct Payments and Personal Budgets: Putting Personalisation Into
           Practice (Third edition)
    • Abstract: The new edition of this book has been updated to include personal independence payments as well as education and health personal budgets.
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Head and Neck Cancer (Second edition)
    • Abstract: This reference book is a useful resource for any head and neck or ear, nose and throat nurse or nursing student.
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Clinical Examination Skills for Healthcare Professionals
    • Abstract: This practical guide offers excellent and concise content on evidence-based approaches to conducting clinical examinations. It includes chapters on perioperative, obstetric and mental health assessments.
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Student life - Undergrads and registrants should show a united front
    • Abstract: This year we have seen bursaries for nursing students scrapped and replaced with student loans, and the continuation of the 1% cap on nurses’ pay.
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Find a way to connect with patients
    • Abstract: My first placement after I began training was with a community mental health service, where I helped care for a patient diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Stop trying to do it all
    • Abstract: Earlier this week I was chatting to a friend, Charlie, a charge nurse who had been on call for his hospital all weekend. He had been deeply affected by the sight of staff nurses crying in despair as they tried their best to cope with yet another relentless shift.
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Inspiring leaders to make cultural change possible
    • Abstract: Clinical leaders who want to improve their workplace culture are the focus of a programme by the Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS).
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Remember to lift as you climb
    • Abstract: Stacy Johnson came to the UK aged 19 from Trinidad and Tobago to study nursing at the University of Surrey. After qualifying as a registered nurse (adult) in 1994, she worked in various specialties in London before moving to the University of Nottingham, where her first role was as research
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Acute care
    • Abstract: What was the nature of the CPD activity, practice-related feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice' The article provided useful information for nurses on acute limb compartment syndrome (ALCS). It discussed the severity of ALCS and the urgency of diagnosing the condition, as well as describing the signs and
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Take the time to spot the patients who need extra reassurance
    • Abstract: Watching Donna care for an older woman who was due to have surgery demonstrated how she puts care, compassion and thought into her work.
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Psychological therapy
    • Abstract: People with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are being offered animal therapy with dogs, rabbits and even rats at North Manchester General Hospital.
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Now the cap’s been scrapped, it’s time for a
           ‘proper’ pay rise
    • Abstract: Nurses have cautiously welcomed the news that the 1% pay cap for NHS staff is to end.
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Nurses support proposal for tougher laws to protect NHS staff from
           assaults
    • Abstract: Nurses who have been assaulted while at work are lobbying MPs this week to push for tougher sanctions for people who attack NHS staff.
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • ‘Worrying decline’ in nurse numbers
    • Abstract: The year-on-year number of nurses and health visitors employed by the NHS in England has fallen for the first time since April 2013, according to an analysis by The King’s Fund.
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • News in brief
    • Abstract: A roundup of the latest nursing news
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • Stop playing games with training places, Hunt told
    • Abstract: Nurse workforce planning is ‘more than a game of chess’, the RCN has warned health secretary Jeremy Hunt.
      PubDate: 2017-10-18
       
  • 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
       
  • Managing resources
    • 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 managing resources and reducing waste in healthcare settings. It has been reported that healthcare organisations in the UK are under significant financial pressure. Therefore, it is important consider
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
       
  • 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
       
 
 
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