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Party pledges to increase nurse numbers following the general election lack clear financial planning or robust recruitment strategies to back them up, policy and workforce experts have claimed.
The NHS has fewer nurses, beds and hospital equipment than other wealthy countries such as Switzerland, the US, Germany and Japan, new research comparing healthcare systems has found.
The Shape of Caring Review is about to radically change how clinical research nurses (CRN) are seen and valued.
This Week's Practice
Clinical research nurse and nurse research roles are distinct but often confused with each other. Understanding both will help nurses pursue the right research career path.
Evidence that acupuncture or related techniques increase the success rate in smoking cessation is inconsistent. We look at a study measuring its effectiveness.
Clinical research nurses were part of a team that started a Twitter campaign to communicate about the hidden world of research, and it has now gone global.
Nurses are taking increasingly complex and central roles in clinical research - they are coordinating trials centrally, recruiting participants, and collecting and sharing data.
Epidural analgesic is effective in managing acute pain, but failure is relatively common. Nurse administered top-ups of diamorphine can improve the efficacy of epidural.
Small changes, big differences
Nursing staff can and should be involved in the procurement of the products that they use on a daily basis.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN), NHS Supply Chain and the Clinical Procurement Specialist Network (CPSN), have joined forces to help nursing staff use their unparalleled knowledge and experience to have a say in how their trust purchases and utilises key clinical supplies.
Watch their video (above) to find out how this approach is ensuring greater levels of patient safety and saving money at Tower Hamlets PCT.
This week's book review
‘Any healthcare professional who is looking to learn or brush up on important communication techniques or ideas on how to deal with more difficult conversations, should read this book. Any healthcare student would also find this helpful.’
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Watch our video which gives an overview of Advance Care Planning.
A new campaign is set to encourage nurses to get involved in the purchasing of clinical products to ensure greater patient safety and more cost-effective treatment. The RCN, NHS Supply Chain and the Clinical Procurement Specialist Network have worked together to produce a toolkit to help nurses buy better
Each tax year new changes are often seen and keeping up to date is important to make sure you only pay the tax you need to
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Universities have been advised to appoint a senior member of staff to oversee the forthcoming system of checks for nurses and midwives to ensure academics and researchers are able to renew their registration.
The nature of weekends have changed over the years. Fifty years ago pretty much everything stopped on a Sunday. If you went into the centre of a town it would be eerily quiet – unlike today.
It is suggested that depression is common in student nurses. As potential professionals who will be responsible for caring for people with depression, it is a condition we should all be well aware of.
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This week's open access article
Complications arising from the insertion of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tubes can be life-threatening so nurses should be able to identify and manage them