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Nurses are continuing to miss out on mandatory training because of staffing shortages, a large survey by the Royal College of Nursing has indicated.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has launched a call for evidence to help it draw up safe staffing guidance for nursing in community settings, which it expects to publish in spring 2016.
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This Week's Practice
National guidance recommends that all patients with asthma are offered a personal asthma action plan, created by health professionals in partnership with patients.
New NICE quality standards for interstitial pulmonary fibrosis aim to improve care standards for all patients diagnosed with this progressive and life-limiting condition.
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive lung disorder requiring careful management in partnership with patients to slow its progress and optimise quality of life.
Nationwide audit of COPD care reveals many aspects of provision have improved, but the number of units with specialist nurses managing COPD caseloads has declined.
By looking for early signs of cataracts when conducting holistic patient assessments, nurses can help affected patients manage any loss of vision until surgery is appropriate.
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
‘I would recommend this book to student nurses, community and district nurses and anybody with a passion for public health nursing.’
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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
This week's issue
Daily news focus
The new system for checking nurse’s competencies every three years is to be launched several months later than planned in order to provide more preparation time for the first wave of nurses going through the process.
Sometimes you see a headline and know an article is going to be worth the five minutes it will take to read. That’s how I felt when a member of our news team filed a story from the Unison conference: ‘Student nurses should be paid “living wage” while on placement, says union’.
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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