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'Research nurses have a crucial role in delivering patient care'

'Research nurses have a crucial role in delivering patient care' Subscription Required


The Shape of Caring Review is about to radically change how clinical research nurses (CRN) are seen and valued.

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Nurses must ensure the safety of patients in research studies by observing symptoms

Clinical research nurse or nurse researcher? Subscription Required


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.

One result showed acupuncture was less effective than nicotine replacement therapy

Acupuncture and related interventions for smoking Subscription Required


Evidence that acupuncture or related techniques increase the success rate in smoking cessation is inconsistent. We look at a study measuring its effectiveness.

The #WhyWeDoResearch “word cloud” was a clear demonstration of tweeters’ priorities

Clinical research benefits go viral via Twitter Subscription Required


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 key to platelet therapy trials

Nurses' role in platelet transfusion clinical trials Subscription Required


Nurses are taking increasingly complex and central roles in clinical research - they are coordinating trials centrally, recruiting participants, and collecting and sharing data.

Position of the epidural cannula

Administering 'top-ups' of epidural analgesia Subscription Required


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.

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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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Critical Conversations in Healthcare

Critical Conversations in Healthcare


‘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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Looking for a career change?

Visit our dedicated Career Zone for interview and application advice, whether you're looking for a career change, a new position or your first nursing role.

Upwards bullying - when managers are the victims

Managers can find themselves being bullied by members of their own team

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Hayley Pover

Becoming a Macmillan specialist nurse

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

Advance care planning video

Overview of Advance Care Planning: Video

Watch our video which gives an overview of Advance Care Planning.

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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Universities urged to prepare nursing professors for revalidation


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.

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Should hospital treatments take the weekend off?


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.

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Student nurses against depression

Student nurses against depression


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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PEG tubes: dealing with complications

PEG tubes: dealing with complications

Complications arising from the insertion of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tubes can be life-threatening so nurses should be able to identify and manage them



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