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'Specialists are uniquely positioned to share knowledge'

'Specialists are uniquely positioned to share knowledge' Subscription Required


In my relatively new post as director of nursing at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH), I have spent some time reflecting on the role of specialist tertiary centres in relation to knowledge generation in the NHS.

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Holistic end-of-life care encompasses empathy and dignity, with symptom management

Perceptions of a "good death" in acute hospitals Subscription Required


Many nurses think hospital is not the best place to die, so it is important that they know how best to ensure patients and families experience a “good death”.

Managers should work with frontline staff

How NHS managers are perceived by nurses Subscription Required


Many managers in the NHS come from a business rather than clinical background. A Scottish study examined frontline nurses’ perceptions of general managers.

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Nurses and midwives should feel confident about administering antimicrobials

Assessing knowledge of antimicrobial stewardship Subscription Required


Nurses play an increasingly important role in the administration of antimicrobials so it is vital that they understand how to achieve best outcomes and reduce harm.

P aeruginosa is carbapenem resistant

Screening for antibiotic-resistant infection Subscription Required


How an acute London trust set about designing a programme for managing carbapenemase-producing organisms using a point-prevalence study.

Interruptions on drug rounds cause errors

Reducing nurse medicine administration errors Subscription Required


Drug administration errors by nurses are a common cause of patient harm. Simple steps can be taken to cut distractions and improve nurses’ skills in calculating doses.

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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.

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Clinical Governance Improving the Quality of Healthcare for Patients and Service Users

Clinical Governance - Improving the Quality of Healthcare for Patients and Service Users


‘The highlight of the book is the practical application, which should support practitioners and service users to understand, apply and see improvements in quality of care.’

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Recognise tell-tale signs of active or passive bullying

How to effectively handle bullying in the workplace at the time of an attack

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Sue Ryder

Cultivating the nursing leaders of tomorrow

Nurses who come to Sue Ryder often stay and progress further and further within their career


Barchester leads the way in dementia and gerontology training

Barchester’s commitment to student and newly qualified nurses enables rapid career advancement

Buying smarter, buying safer

Buying smarter, buying safer

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

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Exclusive: Academics warn of tough time ahead for nurses under Tories


Nursing academics have painted a gloomy picture for the profession over the next five years, in the wake of the general election, including further pay restraint, pressure and organisational change.

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Do student nurses need telling how great they are?


Last week we had the pleasure of hosting our fourth Student Nursing Times Awards.

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'Inequality and discrimination are ever-present in our NHS'

'Inequality and discrimination are ever-present in our NHS'


The NHS constitution requires the NHS to provide a comprehensive service available to all irrespective of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, gender reassignment, parental status or marital or civil partnership status.

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Exploring the role of CBT in mental health

Government initiatives have increased interest in cognitive behavioural therapy to treat people with mental health issues by helping them solve problems themselves

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Becoming a Macmillan specialist nurse

Hayley Pover on making the transition from ward sister to Macmillan clinical nurse specialist (CNS)

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