Nursing Times - Putting it into practice How can you ensure your blood pressure readings are accurate? O’Connell S (2014) Assessing and managing primary hypertension. Nursing Times; 110: 14, 12-14. 18 July, 2014 In what situations is restraint necessary? Anderson P (2014) Reducing need to restrain vulnerable patients. Nursing Times; 110: 29, 24-25. 11 July, 2014 How can you help build students’ confidence in giving handovers? Collins G (2014) Using simulation to develop handover skills. Nursing Times; 110: 8, 12-14. 4 July, 2014 How would you define the roles and responsibilities of nurses undertaking advanced practice? Author 27 June, 2014 How much influence do nurses have over their patients’ lifestyle decisions? Author 20 June, 2014 Is it possible to reflect on your practice on a daily basis? Author 6 June, 2014 How helpful would it be to have your chief executive visit your ward or unit? Article: 30 May, 2014 Have you come across patients suffering adverse effects of “legal highs”? Article 23 May, 2014 How easy is it to access interpreter services? Kaur R et al (2014) Using face-to-face interpreters in healthcare. Nursing Times; 110: 21, 20-21. 16 May, 2014 Do you support the move to e-rostering? Drake R (2014) Five dilemmas associated with e-rostering. Nursing Times; 110: 20, 14-16.Abstract 9 May, 2014 How do service users feel about being treated by student nurses? Article 2 May, 2014 Would you be willing to ‘self-test’ a catheter? Article 25 April, 2014 Do you know the signs of sepsis?  Abstract 16 April, 2014 What is a patient group direction? Abstract 11 April, 2014 Are your blood pressure measurements accurate? Abstract 28 March, 2014 Can interviews effectively judge whether a person has caring and compassionate values? 24 March, 2014 Should patients always be made aware they are nearing end of life? Article: Richards NM et al (2014) How do patients respond to end-of-life status? Nursing Times; 110: 11, 21-23. Abstract: 7 March, 2014 Should families be present during resuscitation attempts? Jaques H (2014) Family presence at resuscitation attempts. Nursing Times; 110, 10: 20-21. 28 February, 2014 Will recommendations for HCA training recreate the SEN role? Health Education England has launched a major consultation on ways to develop band 1 to 4 NHS staff, including increasing the number of healthcare assistants that move into nursing. 21 February, 2014 How do patients feel about attending nurse-led, rather than consultant-led, services? Article: 21 February, 2014 What problems can an ineffective handover cause? Article: 17 February, 2014 Are e-cigarettes a safer alternative to smoking? Article: 10 February, 2014 Do zero tolerance policies deskill nurses? Farrell GA, Salmon P (2014) Do zero tolerance policies deskill nurses? Nursing Times; 110: 6, 14-15. 31 January, 2014 Do degree-trained students lack compassion? Crick P et al (2014) Why do student nurses want to be nurses? Nursing Times; 110: 5, 12-15.Abstract: 28 January, 2014 Do hospitals have a responsibility to encourage smoking cessation? Abstract: 17 January, 2014 Do clinical trigger questions leave room for nursing judgment? Article: 10 January, 2014 Why are dehydration rates among hospital patients so high? Article 7 January, 2014 What barriers are there to continuing your professional development? Purkis N, Gabb CA (2013) Online learning for professional development. Nursing Times; 109: 51, 16-18.Abstract: 13 December, 2013 How many of your patients have risk factors for hypothermia? Article 6 December, 2013 Should all mental health wards be single-sex? Article 29 November, 2013 Do nurses have a reputation for being “obstructive to change”? Hamer S, Cipriano P (2013) Involving nurses in developing new technology. Nursing Times; 109: 47, 18-19. 22 November, 2013 What role should hospital nurses play in smoking cessation? Peterken C (2013) Hospital nurses’ role in smoking cessation. Nursing Times; 109: 46, 16-19. 15 November, 2013 Do patients with long-term conditions receive enough emotional support? Article:Winkley K (2013) Depression and diabetes: what should nurses do? Nursing Times; 109: 45, 20-22. 8 November, 2013 Why are catheter related infections still so common? Article: 31 October, 2013 Should care home staff all have the same, compulsory training? Brownhill KM (2013) Training care homes to reduce avoidable harm. Nursing Times; 109: 43, 20-22. 25 October, 2013 How important is it for newly qualified nurses to feel confident in leadership? Bayliss-Pratt L et al (2013) Confidence in leadership among the newly qualified. Nursing Times; 109: 42, 15-16.Abstract: 18 October, 2013 Why is HIV drug adherence low? Article: 11 October, 2013 Are pressure ulcers always avoidable? Article: A communication project to prevent pressure ulcers 4 October, 2013 How can communication between hospitals and care homes be improved? What do you think? 27 September, 2013 Why is hand hygiene compliance low in some areas? Article: Improving adherence to hand hygiene practice 23 September, 2013 What barriers prevent you from supporting students? Article: 13 September, 2013 Are strict visiting policies necessary in ICU? Article: 9 September, 2013 Do you support increased access to patient records? Article: 30 August, 2013 What affects managers’ ability to do their job? Article: Developing a leadership competency modelAbstract 23 August, 2013 How can frontline staff be more involved in changing practice? Article: 16 August, 2013 How much time do you spend on patient care? This week we published research into how much time nurses spend directly caring for patients. Unsurprisingly, the research supported the view that much care is provided by healthcare assistants, but it also challenged the assumption that nurses do not spend enough time with their patients.Abstract 9 August, 2013 What barriers are there to becoming a nurse prescriber? Blanchflower J et al (2013) Breaking through the barriers to nurse prescribing. Nursing Times; 109: 31/32, 12-13 1 August, 2013 What can you screen for during routine appointments? Article: Opportunistic screening for atrial fibrillation 26 July, 2013 Can clerical assistance free-up ward sister time? Article: Using clerical staff to free up ward sister time 19 July, 2013 Would you feel confident in identifying a possible melanoma? Understanding malignant melanoma 10 July, 2013 Does your trust offer dementia-specific continence guidance? Article: Inclusion of dementia in local continence guidance 5 July, 2013 Why is the importance of hydration often overlooked? “Dehydration contributes to poor patient outcomes and can lead to avoidable harm. This article analyses incident reports from National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) relating to hydration and shows that this area of care continues to be frequently neglected.”Let’s discuss…Why is the importance of good hydration often overlooked in hospitals?How can hydration be improved? 28 June, 2013 Do complementary treatments have a place in modern healthcare? Howard V, Halldorsson R (2013) Using Indian head massage to aid recovery. Nursing Times; 109: 25, 14-16.“Creating an environment that focuses on individual ... 21 June, 2013 With A&Es across the country over-stretched - do services need to adapt to meet public need? Ford A et al (2013) Cutting A&E use and health inequalities. Nursing Times; 109: 24, 14-16. 13 June, 2013 Should patients be encouraged to use the internet to seek health information? Wilson V (2013) Patient use of the internet for diabetes information. Nursing Times; 109: 23, 18-20. 7 June, 2013 How can all nurses be active in preventing the spread of HIV? Perry N (2013) Preventing the spread of HIV infection. Nursing Times; 109: 22, 12-15. 31 May, 2013 Does multidisciplinary training ultimately improve patient outcomes? Bayliss-Pratt L (2013) Training to promote multidisciplinary working. Nursing Times; 109: 21, 12-13. 24 May, 2013 Does intentional rounding improve patient outcomes? Braide M (2013) The effect of intentional rounding on essential care. Nursing Times; 109: 20, 16-18 17 May, 2013 What lessons can be learnt from witness accounts in the Francis report? Gallagher A (2013) Learning from family and nurse narratives. Nursing Times; 109: 19, 18-19, 22. 13 May, 2013 Is enough done to reduce hospital-acquired infections? Spencer F (2013) The infection prevention nurse as change agent. Nursing Times; 109: Online issue. 3 May, 2013 How can patients be better involved in their care? Jones H (2013) Any qualified provider: facilitating patient choice. Nursing Times; 109: 17/18, 22-23. 26 April, 2013 How well do universities and placements communicate? Robinson S (2013) Sustaining mentorship for student nurses. Nursing Times; 109: 16, 24-25 19 April, 2013 How can we prevent patients with borderline personality disorder being seen as “just difficult”? Pack S et al (2013) Management of borderline personality disorder. Nursing Times; 109: 15, 21-23. 15 April, 2013 Is workplace culture an excuse for poor care? Mee S (2013) Is workplace culture an excuse for poor care? Nursing Times; 109; 13, 14-16. 5 April, 2013 Enhanced recovery – How much can patients be involved in their care? Cottle S, Lewis W (2013) Patient involvement in enhanced recovery. Nursing Times; 109: 13, 24-25. 28 March, 2013 What role should nurses play in ward rounds? Lees L (2013) The nurse’s role in hospital ward rounds. Nursing Times; 109: 12, 12-14 21 March, 2013 How do you think mobile technology can improve efficiency? Drayton K (2013) How mobile technology can improve healthcare. Nursing Times; 109: 11, 16-18. 13 March, 2013 How do people with long-term conditions benefit from using social networks? Cooper A (2013) Using social networks to help patients self-care. Nursing Times; 109: 10, 22-24. 7 March, 2013 Why should ward sisters be supervisory to practice? Article 1 March, 2013 How does the environment of an acute ward affect people with dementia? Andrews J (2013) A guide to creating a dementia-friendly ward. Nursing Times; 109: 8, 20-215 key pointsAdmission to hospital may cause avoidable harm to people with undiagnosed dementiaGood hospital ... 21 February, 2013 What tensions exist between professional nursing ideals and the reality of clinical practice? Article: Flynn M, Mercer D (2013) Is compassion possible in a market-led NHS? Nursing Times; Online early publication 14 February, 2013 How should care home staff clean the environment following a C difficile infection? Article: Smith S et al (2013) Supporting care homes to cut C difficile infections. Nursing Times; 109: 5, 14-15.5 KEY POINTSC difficile is increasingly a community-acquired infectionSome patients experience recurrent ... 7 February, 2013 What effect does incontinence have on patients and their families? Article: McClurg D et al (2013) Improving continence education for nurses. Nursing Times; 109: 4, 16-18.5 key pointsNational audits of continence care have repeatedly highlighted inadequate professional educationNurses receive ... 24 January, 2013 What is the role of an advanced nurse practitioner (ANP)? Article: Williamson S et al (2012) The role and benefits of ward-based advanced nurse practitioners. Nursing Times; 109: online issue.5 key pointsThere is little research on what advanced nurse practitioners actually do in acute medical ... 17 January, 2013 What are the key priorities for end of life care? Article: Percival J et al (2013) End-of-life care in nursing and care homes. Nursing Times; 109: 1/2, 20-22.5 key pointsThe majority of people living in a nursing or care home will die thereBetter end-of-life ... 10 January, 2013 What are the safe drinking recommendations for men and women? Article: Bridgeman K et al (2012) Brief intervention for alcohol misuse. Nursing Times; 108; online issue.Key pointsAlcohol-related conditions cost the NHS over £2.7bn annuallyIn one study, one in four patients receiving brief intervention reduced their ... 13 December, 2012 Why is transition from paediatric to adult services difficult for young adults with long terms conditions? Article: Bell H, Hope W (2012) Supporting young people to move to adult services. Nursing Times; 108: 50, 12-14.5 key pointsWith better life expectancy, more patients are transferring from paediatric to ... 6 December, 2012 What are the benefits of ward-level leadership rounding?  Article: Hutchings M (2012) Caring around the Clock: rounding in practice. Nursing Times; 108: 49, 12-14. 29 November, 2012 How can nurses reduce pre-operative anxiety? Article: Mitchell M (2012) Anxiety management in minimal stay surgery. Nursing Times; 108: 48, 14-16.5 key pointsPre-operative anxiety before general anaesthesia is commonA planned programme of information provision ... 22 November, 2012 What role should nurses have in mobilising and positioning patients after a stroke? Article: Keating M et al (2012) Positioning and early mobilisation in stroke. Nursing Times; 108: 47, 16-18. 15 November, 2012 What are the advantages of using inhaled drugs to treat asthma in children? Article: Watson P (2012) Space devices 1: inhaler spacer devices to treat asthma in children. Nursing Times; 108; 46: 18-20.Key pointsOne dose of inhaled medication contains 40 times less medication than a 4mg tablet of salbutamol, ... 9 November, 2012 How do you treat a soft tissue injury? Article: Williams K (2012) Evidence on NSAID use in soft tissue injuries.Nursing Times; 108: 45, 12-14.Key pointsAnkle sprains account for up to 10% of attendances at emergency departmentsRest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE) is the cornerstone of treatment of soft tissue injuriesFor those requiring pain relief, paracetamol should be used as a first stepNSAID use may impede ... 1 November, 2012 Is group reading of benefit to people with mental health problems? Article: McLauglin S, Colbourn S (2012) A reading group in acute mental healthcare. Nursing Times; 108: 44, 14-15.Key pointsThe Reader Organisation works in healthcare to share great literature with patients and staffOne trust has piloted readings of stories and poems to patients with acute mental health problemsThe ... 25 October, 2012 Why is it that nurses sometimes ask the wrong questions? Article: Mee S (2012) Why do nurses sometimes ask the wrong questions? Nursing Times; 108: 43, 16-18.Key pointsThe case of Kane Gorny is one of many instances that have come to light in recent years where a patient’s needs have been neglectedWhen a patient is aggressive, a nurse can either seek a reason for it and act on this, or respond to the aggression directlyNurses should always ask ... 18 October, 2012 What can I do to aid the accuracy of X-rays in checking NG tube positioning? Article: Rollins H (2012) How accurate are X-rays to check NG tube positioning? Nursing Times; 108; 42, 14-16.Key pointsThe position of a nasogastric tube is vitally important as accidental administration of feed into the lungs can lead to fatal complicationsThe gold standard method of detecting the position of nasogastric tubes is by X-ray, ... 11 October, 2012 How can nurses aid management of chronic constipation in adults? Article: Rogers J (2012) How to manage chronic constipation in adults. Nursing Times; 108; 41: 12-18.Key pointsConstipation is one of the most common forms of gastrointestinal disorders encountered by nursesIt is often trivialised but is a significant condition causing pain and distress and affecting quality of lifeChronic constipation ... 5 October, 2012 To what extent do you consider the humanisation of care in your practice? Article: Hemingway et al (2012) Humanising nursing care: a theoretical model. Nursing Times; 108: 40, 26-27.Key pointsFocusing on what it is to be human will help us to reflect on our practice criticallyThe eight dimensions put the individual patient at the centre of careHaving a clear value framework helps to ensure the best quality ... 28 September, 2012 Why do mentors pass failing students? Article: Veeramah V (2012) What are the barriers to good mentoring? Nursing Times; 108: 39, 12-15.Key pointsLack of time and the demands of patient care are two key barriers to successful mentoringInadequate preparation and support can result in mentors passing students they should failMentors need more help and educational guidance in completing education institutions’ assessment documentationMentors ... 21 September, 2012 When it is appropriate to use sedation in palliative care? Article: Beland P (2012) Ethical issues around continuous deep sedation without hydration. Nursing Times; 108: 38, 24-27.Key pointsPatients dying of cancer may require continuous deep sedation to alleviate symptoms at the end of lifeSuch patients, being unable to drink, could be artificially hydrated to lengthen survival and limit thirstThe issue of artificial hydration for such patients ... 14 September, 2012 How can student nurses with dyscalculia be supported? Article: Kirk K, Payne B (2012) Dyscalculia: awareness and student support. Nursing Times; 108: 37, 16-18.Key pointsDyscalculia is a difficulty with the concept of numbersThe condition has significant implications for pre-registration nurse educationStudents with dyscalculia need to be identified and have their learning needs assessedThrough reasonable adjustments, a person with ... 7 September, 2012 How can nurses aid focus on daily experiences in dementia care? Article: Durgahee T, Durgahee A (2012) Dementia care: focusing on daily experiences. Nursing Times; 108: 36, 12-14.Key pointsThe number of people living with dementia is steadily risingDementia care should be guided by a model such as Kitwood Plus, making personhood, relationships and daily experiences key prioritiesThis model redefines dementia care as “no yesterday, no tomorrow, but today” ... 31 August, 2012 How can nurses manage C difficile relapses in the community? Article: Wynne S (2012) Managing C difficile relapses in the community. Nursing Times; 108: 27, 15-17.Key pointsC difficile has significant morbidity and mortality; patients can deteriorate in the community if they are not monitored effectivelyMonitoring ... 24 August, 2012 How can nurses aid care of peripheral venous cannula sites? Article: McCallum L, Higgins D (2012) Care of peripheral venous cannula sites. Nursing Times; 108: 34/35, 12-15.Key pointsPeripheral venous catheters are commonly used in hospitals to deliver intravenous therapyPVCs are associated with several complications, some of which can have serious consequencesCareful observation and monitoring ... 17 August, 2012 How can nurses raise awareness of hepatitis C? Article: Greyson O (2012) Hepatitis C awareness among South Asians. Nursing Times; 108: 32/33, 21-23.Key pointsMany people are unaware of their hepatitis C virus infection due to its asymptomatic nature ... 10 August, 2012 How can nurses help increase breastfeeding prevalence? Article: Geddes J (2012) Breastfeeding: how to increase prevalence. Nursing Times; 108: 32/33, 12-14.Key pointsThe World Health Organization and Department of Health recommend exclusive breastfeeding for six monthsBreastfeeding can reduce the risk of specific health problems in both mother and babyBreastfeeding continuation rates in the ... 3 August, 2012 How can nurses use social media responsibly? Article: Chinn (2012) How can nurses use social media responsibly? Nursing Times. Published online 13 July 2012.Key pointsNurses no longer live together or work as closely together as they used toSocial media offers new ways for nurses to share ... 27 July, 2012 How should multimedia be used in nurse education? Article: Everett F, Wright W (2012) Using multimedia to teach students essential skills. Nursing Times; 108: 30/31, 18-19.Key pointsMultimedia can engage students and enhance their learning experiencesMultimedia can be used to introduce and develop essential nursing skillsNurse educators have an important role in developing innovative ... 20 July, 2012 Can pressure ulcer incidence be used as a measure of nursing care? Article: McIntyre L et al (2012) A strategy to reduce avoidable pressure ulcers. Nursing Times; 108: 29, 14-17.Key pointsSafety Express is a national programme to minimise the four main avoidable harms in healthcare, one of which is pressure ulcersTreating pressure ulcers is costly and eliminating them could save the NHS over £150m a yearPressure ... 13 July, 2012 How can nurses improve fluid management and reduce the risk of dehydration? Article: McIntyre L et al (2012) Developing a bundle to improve fluid management. Nursing Times; 108: 28, 18-20.Key pointsAll patients should be assessed for their fluid needsA plan should be made to ensure optimum hydrationFluid intake should be managed continuouslyHydration should be reviewed for early detection of deteriorationEducation ... 6 July, 2012 How can nurses contribute to reducing the risk of surgical site infection? Article: Kiernan M (2012) Reducing the risk of surgical site infection. Nursing Times; 108: 27, 12-14.Key pointsSurgical site infections continue to represent about a fifth of all healthcare-associated infectionsAlthough SSI rates appear to have fallen, this is largely because of poor detection due to rapid dischargeThe risk of SSI ... 29 June, 2012 How can nurses effectively manage patients with alcohol withdrawal? Article: Benson G et al (2012) An alcohol withdrawal tool for use in hospitals. Nursing Times; 108: 26, 15-17.Key pointsThe number of patients admitted to acute hospitals with alcohol-related problems is growingAlcohol withdrawal syndrome can have an adverse effect on the health of hospital patientsIt can also affect the wellbeing of staff and other patientsThe most commonly used ... 25 June, 2012 How is the identity of the health visitor changing? Article: Baldwin S (2012) Exploring the professional identity of health visitors. Nursing Times; 108: 25, 12-15.Key pointsThe role of health visitors has been in flux since its conception in the mid-19th centuryHealth visitors’ role has changed over the years and this has affected the profession’s identityIt has been linked with nursing despite the different origins of the two professionsThere ... 23 June, 2012 What measures do we implement for preventing falls? Article: Grant D (2012) Preventing falls in patients with alcohol problems. Nursing Times; 108: 22/23, 17.Author: Diane Grant is a ward sister, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust 8 June, 2012 How does current advanced nursing practice benefit the profession? Article: Barton TD et al (2012) Advanced nursing 1: the development of advanced nursing roles. Nursing Times; 108: 24, 18-20.Key pointsThe evolution of advanced nursing has been long and complexThis process has led to innovation in nursing, but also to confusion about what advanced nursing was and isAdvanced nursing has been and still is one of the most scrutinised and researched conceptsIt ... 8 June, 2012 How can nurse prescribers ensure effective medicine taking behaviour from patients? Article: Sibley A (2012) How effective are nurses’ medicine discussions? Nursing Times; 108: 22/23, 20-22.Key pointsGuidance on effective medicine discussion indicates that patients’ medicine beliefs are a strong predictor of medicine-taking behaviourDespite favourable comparison with research on doctor-patient medication discussion, nurse prescribers’ practice may not fully optimise patient medicine ... 28 May, 2012 How can the safe administration of drugs to patients with dysphagia be managed? Article: Serrano Santos JM et al (2012) Drug administration guides in dysphagia. Nursing Times; 108: 21, 15-17.Key pointsNurses may benefit from specific training in the administration of medication to patients with dysphagiaAn individualised medication administration guide (I-MAG) can help nurses to administer medication to this group and increase safetyNurses often feel more confident ... 18 May, 2012 What effect can being a patient have on student development? Article: Carter G, Taylor R (2012) Effects of being a patient on student development. Nursing Times; 108: 20, 21-23.Key pointsPolicy is aiming to put service users at the heart of the healthcare experienceNurses are ideally placed to take compassionate, person-centred care forwardEngaging service users in nursing education is crucial to developing nurses who are well prepared for practiceStorytelling ... 11 May, 2012 Who should be involved in setting minimum staffing levels? Article: Is it time to set minimum nurse staffing levels in English hospitals?Key pointsDefining minimum nurse staffing levels could help to stabilise the nursing workforce, ensure safe levels of ... 8 May, 2012 How can action learning sets be used to support nurses? Article: How to use action learning sets to support nursesAuthor: Mark P Haith is lecturer, School of Social and Health Sciences, University of Abertay, Dundee; Katrina A Whittingham is lecturer in nursing, School of Nursing, Department of Health and Social Care, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.Key pointsAction learning sets involve ... 27 April, 2012 How do you approach treatment for allergic rhinitis? Article: Managing allergic rhinitisAuthor: Linda Pearce is respiratory nurse consultant and clinical lead Suffolk COPD Services, West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds.Key pointsEnvironmental ... 19 April, 2012 Is online education beneficial? Article: Learning the lessons of moving education onlineAuthor: Andrea Corbett is senior lecturer, School of Nursing, Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki, New Zealand; Simon Browes is honorary nurse researcher, Western Institute of Technology, and PhD research student, University of Nottingham.Key pointsMany assumptions about ... 12 April, 2012 How do you apply the NMC code to your practice? Article: Goldsmith J (2011) The NMC code: conduct, performance and ethics. Nursing Times; 107: 37, early online publication.Author: Jan Goldsmith is assistant director, standards (nursing) at the Nursing and Midwifery Council.THIS ... 13 April, 2012 How can staff provide resident-centred care in residential homes? Article: Caring for and caring about 2: implementing a care model for the older personAuthor: Deidre Wild is senior research fellow (visiting), Sara Nelson is research fellow, both at the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of the West of England, Bristol; Angela Kydd is senior lecturer, University of the West of Scotland, Hamilton, Scotland; Ala Szczepura is professor ... 5 April, 2012 How will using ambulatory A&E care help to cut admissions? Article: Using ambulatory A&E care to cut admissionsAuthor: Gemma Hattrick is emergency nurse practitioner; Ceri Bentham is clinical business manager; both at South Tyneside Foundation Trust.Key pointsAmbulatory emergency ... 2 April, 2012 Why are skin tears an increasing problem in tissue viability? Article: Preventing, assessing and managing skin tearsAuthor: Janice Bianchi is medical education specialist and honorary lecturer, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Science, University of Glasgow.Key ... 29 March, 2012 How do you ensure best practice in colorectal cancer care? Article: Taylor C (2012) Best practice in colorectal cancer care. Nursing Times; 108: 12, xx-xx.Author: Claire Taylor is lecturer in gastrointestinal nursing, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing, King’s College London.Key pointsSome 40,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are dignosed in the UK every yearRisk factors ... 15 March, 2012 How do you decide if new equipment will benefit patients? Article: Danitsch D (2012) Benefits of digital thoracic drainage systems. Nursing Times; 108: 11, xx-yy.Author: Debbie Danitsch is consultant nurse cardiothoracic, University Hospital of North Staffordshire. 8 March, 2012 Is culture-specific care effective in improving diabetes management in the South Asian population? Article: Osman A, Curzio J (2012) South Asian cultural concepts in diabetes. Nursing Times; 108: 10, 28-32.Author: Amina Osman is staff nurse, Nightingale Ward, Whipps Cross University Hospital Trust; Joan Curzio is professor of practice development, Faculty of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University. 1 March, 2012 What dilemmas do nurses face caring for patients who use cannabis for therapeutic purposes? Article: de Vries K, Green AJ (2012) Therapeutic use of cannabis. Nursing Times; 108: 9.Author: Kay de Vries is senior lecturer, Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; Anita J Green is dual diagnosis nurse consultant, Mill View Hospital, Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust.Key ... 27 February, 2012 How can education be used to increase sexual health screening? Article: Wallis A (2012) Education to increase sexual health screening. Nursing Times; 108: 8, 20-21.Author: Andrew Wallis is a sexual health outreach nurse, Sexual Health Outreach Team, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust.Key pointsThere is ... 16 February, 2012 How can infection in care homes be tackled? Article: Winfield J, Wiley C (2012) Tackling infection in care homes.Nursing Times; 108: 7, early online publication.Author: Jodie Winfield is infection prevention and control nurse; Carolyn Wiley is operational nurse manager infection prevention; both at Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals Trust.Key pointsPatients colonised ... 9 February, 2012 How can staff be prepared for an electronic record system? Article: Cooper A (2012) Electronic record system preparation. Nursing Times; 108: 6, 26-27.Author: Anne Cooper is national clinical lead for nursing, Department of Health Informatics Directorate.Key pointsClinical staff often show a lack of engagement or scepticism about using technologyCareful planning and involving ... 2 February, 2012 How can nurses ensure dignity is maintained during toileting? Article: Logan K (2012) Toilet privacy in hospital. Nursing Times; 108: 5, 12-13.Author: Karen Logan is nurse consultant and head of continence service, Llanfrechfa Grange Hospital, Cwmbran, Torfaen.Key pointsDignity is about small things that ... 26 January, 2012 How can nurses participate in or lead in change management? Article: Kerridge J (2012) Leading change: 1 - identifying the issue. Nursing Times; 108: 4, 12-15.Author: Joanna Kerridge is practice educator at Sue Ryder Nettlebed Hospice and associate lecturer at the University of West London.Key pointsThere is a pressing need for nurses to participate in or lead change management projectsStaff ... 19 January, 2012 How can nurses be engaged in intentional rounding? Article: Dix G et al (2012) Engaging staff with intentional rounding. Nursing Times; 108: 3, 14-16.Author: Greg Dix is director of nursing and governance; Jackee Phillips is junior sister, medical assessment unit; Mark Braide is practice development nurse; all at Taunton and Somerset Foundation Trust.Key pointsIntentional ... 13 January, 2012 How do you start discussions about weight loss with patients who are overweight? Article: Goldie C, Brown J (2012) Managing obesity in primary care. Nursing Times; 108: 1/2, 14-16.Author: Christine Goldie is practice nurse, Banff and Gamrie Medical Practice, NHS Grampian; Jenny Brown is honorary clinical research fellow, Centre for Obesity Research and Epidemiology, ... 9 January, 2012 How can perinatal support help to protect maternal mental health? Article: McCaul A, Stokes J (2011) Perinatal support to protect maternal mental health. Nursing Times; 107: 48, 16-18.Author: Anthony McCaul is senior media and campaigns officer; Jayne Stokes is director of business development; both at Family Action.Key ... 15 December, 2011 How do you measure standards of care in your ward or department? Article: Moore C, Childs L (2011) A tool to identify falling care quality. Nursing Times; 107: 49/50, 14-16.Author: Carolyn Moore is an independent consultant and former director of nursing, who worked on the QuESTT tool, coordinating its development on behalf of NHS South West and ... 9 December, 2011 How do you broach sexual health issues with patients? Article: Bates J (2011) Broaching sexual health issues with patients. Nursing Times; 107: 48, 20-22.Author: Joanne Bates is senior lecturer, Department of Midwifery and Reproductive Health, University of Chester, Chester. 1 December, 2011 Does a mixture of nursing skill-levels affect quality of care? Article: Robb E et al (2011) How skill mix affects quality of care. Nursing Times; 107: 47, 12-13.Author: Elizabeth Robb is chief executive, the Florence Nightingale Foundation; Elaine Maxwell is visiting fellow, London South Bank University; Karen S Elcock is head of programmes - pre-registration nursing, Kingston University and St George’s, University of London. 25 November, 2011 How can person-centred care in dementia be improved? Article: Armstrong D, Byrne G (2011) Improving person-centred care in dementia. Nursing Times; 107: 46, 12-14.Author: Dorothy Armstrong is clinical adviser, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman, and programme director, NHS Education for Scotland; Grainne Byrne is communications officer, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman. 18 November, 2011 Does mental health nursing have a place in primary care? Article: Caie J (2011) Where does mental health nursing fit in primary care? Nursing Times; 107: 45, 24-25.Author: Jude Caie is mental health nurse therapist, Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, HMP Manchester, Manchester. 10 November, 2011 Is communication at night between medical staff and ward staff effective in your hospital? Article: Using IT to improve out-of-hours careAuthor: Debbie Guy is lead nurse, Hospital at Night, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust. 8 November, 2011 Is the doctor-nurse game still being played? Article: Holyoake DD (2011) Is the doctor-nurse game still being played? Nursing Times; 107: 43, early online publication.Author: Dean-David Holyoake is a senior lecturer in the School of Health, University of Wolverhampton.Key pointsThe doctor-nurse game says that doctors and nurses share a special relationship founded on ... 27 October, 2011 Why is vocal cord dysfunction frequently misdiagnosed as asthma? Article: Haines J (2011) Diagnosing and treating vocal cord dysfunction. Nursing Times; 107: 42, 18-20.Author: Jemma Haines is principal respiratoryspeech and language therapist, Airways Clinic Services, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust.Key pointsVocal cord dysfunction (VCD) is the abnormal closure of the vocal ... 21 October, 2011 Should volunteers feed patients? Article: Sneddon J (2011) Using mealtime volunteers to support patients. Nursing Times; 107: 41,early online publication.Author: Joanne Sneddon is deputy sister/nutrition nurse, Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester.Key pointsOver three million people in the UK are affected by malnutrition and the healthcare costs associated ... 17 October, 2011 What advice would you give a patient who has repeated episodes of hypoglycaemia? Article: How to manage hypoglycaemiaAuthor: Jill Hill is a diabetes nurse consultant, Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust.Key pointsHypoglycaemia is common and can occur in people with either type 1 or type 2 10 October, 2011 What advice would you give a patient who has repeated episodes for hypoglycaemia? Article: How to manage hypoglycaemiaAuthor: Jill Hill is a diabetes nurse consultant, Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust. Key pointsHypoglycaemia is common and can occur in people with either type 1 or type 2 10 October, 2011 What do the words “Gypsy” and “Traveller” mean to you? Article: Francis G (2011) Attitudes towards Gypsy Travellers. Nursing Times; 107: 39, early online publication.Author: Gill Francis is health inclusion worker for Travellers and Gypsies at Homerton University Hosptial, NHS Foundation Trust, London.Key pointsGypsy Travellers experience inequalities, and have poorer health ... 30 September, 2011 What additional training do nurses need to carry out defibrillation? Article: Defibrillation 1: using an AED outside hospital. Nursing Times; 107: 38, early online publication.Author: Phil Jevon is resuscitation officer and clinical skills lead, Manor Hospital, Walsall.Key pointsMost out-of-hospital cardiac arrests are caused by ventricular fibrillation or pulseless ventricular tachycardia. ... 26 September, 2011 Are temporary ward staff cost effective? Article: Hurst K (2011) Are temporary ward staff cost effective? Nursing Times; 107: 37, early online publication.Author: Keith Hurst is an independent researcher and analyst from Nottinghamshire.Key pointsMore than half of UK nurses do temporary work.Wards with permanent staff only have ... 16 September, 2011 Should registered nurses have their aseptic technique competency regularly reviewed? Article: ANTT: a standard approach to aseptic techniqueAuthor: Stephen Rowley is clinical director; Simon Clare is practice development lead, both at The Association of Safe Aseptic Practice.Key pointsThe Health and Social Care Act ... 13 September, 2011 How could you assess the impact of venous leg ulceration on a patient's quality of life? Article: Developments in venous leg ulcer management. Nursing Times; 107: 35, early online publication.Author: Irene Anderson is senior lecturer, tissue viability, University of Hertfordshire; Susan Knight is Queen’s nurse and tissue viability specialist nurse, Milton Keynes Community ... 2 September, 2011 What aspects of a student nurse's care should patients assess? Article: Involving patients in assessment of studentsAuthor: Linda Chapman is education lead (mentor), Royal United Hospital Bath Trust; Jayne James is senior lecturer, adult nursing; Kate McMahon-Parkes is senior lecturer, adult nursing; both at University of the West of England.Key pointsPatients’ perspectives on care are vital to improving the quality of NHS servicesPatients ... 30 August, 2011 Should outdoor activities be a treatment option for some patients? Article: Health benefits of outdoor therapies. Nursing Times; 107: online issue.Author: Stephen Riddell is community staff nurse, Dumfries and Galloway Primary Healthcare Trust.Key pointsPoor physical and mental health is often related ... 22 August, 2011 Do general nurses understand the needs of people with learning disabilities? Article: Making the right decisions for people with learning disabilities in hospital. Nursing Times; 107: 3,12-14Author: Picton AKey pointsThe principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 should be followed by all staff caring for people who may lack capacity to make healthcare decisionsMany people with learning disabilities can make healthcare decisions with support, such as the use of simple language and ... 15 August, 2011 Does e-rostering improve management of staff time? Article: Managing staff shifts through e-rostering. Nursing Times: 107: online issue.Author: Dodd S (2011)Key pointsE-rostering technology records annual leave requests, staff shift preferences, sick leave, staff movement between wards, and staff skills. ... 8 August, 2011 What value do specialist nurses add to care of patients in your ward, department or team? Article:Assessing the value of specialist nursesAuthor: Monica Fletcher is chief executive, Education for Health, and chair of the European Lung FoundationKey pointsSince 2005-06, there has been a 465% increase in outpatient attendances at specialist nurse ... 1 August, 2011 Why is catheter-associated urinary tract infection still a challenge? Can silver alloy catheters reduce infection rates?Michelle Beattie is lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, University of Stirling.Key pointsPatients with urinary catheters are at high risk of infection. Catheters reduce the body’s natural ability to cleanse ... 25 July, 2011 Why are fluid balance charts notoriously difficult to maintain accurately? Every week we’ll choose a practice article and pose a few questions for debate, post your questions or answers below …Measuring and managing fluid balanceAuthor: Alison Shepherd is a tutor in nursing, department of primary care and child health, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, ... 18 July, 2011 How could you adapt intentional rounding for use on your ward or unit? Every week we’ll choose a practice article and pose a few questions for debate, post your questions or answers below …Intentional rounding: its role in supporting essential careAuthors: Beverley Fitzsimons is the programme manager, Annette Bartley a faculty member and Jocelyn Cornwell ... 12 July, 2011