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Reading the Francis report I was struck by the number of references to poor bowel and bladder care. Yet continence care has always been an essential part of nurses’ work.
A new code of conduct has been published for healthcare support workers, which promises to protect the public by promoting best practice.
Long-awaited national minimum training standards for healthcare support workers have been published today, as part of the government’s initial response to the Francis report.
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- 7 reasons why nurses should care about the upcoming Francis Report
- Returning to practice: registering with the NMC
- 'Calling nurses a drain on public finances is a downright insult'
- 'My revolutionary moment came when I threw out the back trolley'
- New potty training resource from ERIC
- Pessaries increase quality of life in pelvic organ prolapse patients
We reported this week that the chance of infection in wards varies dramatically depending on whether nursing staff leave the windows open. A study by the University of Leeds and Bradford Teaching Foundation Trust looked at airflow in a disused “Nightingale” ward using tracer gases to simulate the spread of airborne infections.
There is an old man who occasionally catches the same bus as me to the station. When he arrives at the bus stop there is an odour which in the confined space of the bus gets worse.
Nursing is described as a profession, but terms such as “vocation” and “calling” are also used to describe the principles that attract people into nursing. What do you think? Should nurses undertake study in their own time?
- Is it safe to care for patients in 'hospital hotels'?
- Should patients be involved in nurses’ appraisals?
- Would you accept payment from the drugs industry?
- Should nurses accept education funding/grants from the drugs industry?
- Should nurses treat abusive patients?
- Should directors of nursing have a clinical role?
- 'Can you manage nurses if you don't actually nurse?'