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This week's Nursing Times

Jenni Middleton

'Will measuring care hours cost us more?'Subscription

From April this year, the number of “care hours per patient day” delivered by nurses and healthcare assistants should become the principal measure of hospitals’ use of nursing staff.


Clinical facts: Zika virusSubscription

What you need to know about the Zika Virus….. as the number of babies born with brain deformities is increasing in Brazil and the surrounding region; experts are suggesting there may be a link.

Using the real world to develop nurses' skills

Using the real world to develop nurses' skillsSubscription

Walking the neighbourhood can help student nurses better understand the local community and public-health issues that may feature in their work.


The risks and benefits of suprapubic cathetersSubscription

Suprapubic catheters can improve some patients’ quality of life but health professionals must also understand the associated risks and limitations.

Including disabled people in healthcare research leads to more appropriate services

Research with and by people with learning disabilitiesSubscription

People with learning disabilities are not always actively involved in research, but inclusive studies can generate findings that are representative of this group of people.

'New continence guidance has the power to make real change'

'New continence guidance has the power to make real change'Subscription

Those of us who have worked in continence for years could feel a little cynical at the publication of NHS England’s guidance Excellence in Continence Care at the end of last year.

Hospital staff rushing with patient

Agencies struggle to meet NHS demand following pay capSubscription

The ability of recruitment agencies to find nurses and doctors to fill gaps in hospital shifts has worsened since the introduction of hourly pay caps, it has been claimed.

Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Regulator praises caring staff at Royal Devon and ExeterSubscription

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as “good” overall, following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

guys hospital student nurses demonstrating against bursary removal

Placement walkout over 'atrocious' bursary removalSubscription

Student nurses today joined forces with the junior doctors’ strike by walking out of placements and demonstrating against what they described as the government’s “atrocious” plan to remove bursaries.

Nurses are in a unique position to ensure appropriate nutrition for patients in their care

Higher ratio of HCAs linked with increased mortalitySubscription

New research into staffing levels within NHS hospitals has suggested a link between a higher proportion of healthcare assistants per patient and a rise in mortality.


Fall in neonatal nurses linked to higher death rateSubscription

A fall in the provision of one-to-one nursing care of very sick and premature newborns is linked to a higher death rate in neonatal intensive care, according to a UK study.

Woman doctor with stethoscope

Pledge to keep bursary in Scotland and boost ANPsSubscription

Funding will be made available to train an extra 500 advanced nurse practitioners in Scotland over the next five years, as part of a £27m investment in clinical education and training.

Placements allow students and returnees to learn in a real nursing environment

Welsh ministers pledge 10% rise in nursing course placesSubscription

The number of nurse training places in Wales is to increase by 10% over the coming financial year, the Welsh government has announced.


Auditors call for better access to rehab for COPD patientsSubscription

Pulmonary rehabilitation delivers significant health benefits, but too many patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are missing out, according to clinical auditors.

record keeping nurse monitoring patient on bed

NICE cites lack of evidence for ‘promising’ sepsis testsSubscription

There is not enough evidence to currently recommend the routine use of promising new tests to help identify cause of sepsis, according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

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Time main barrier to nurses keeping up with researchSubscription

Work pressures are the main reason preventing nurses from implementing evidence-based practice, according to a UK nursing researcher, who is calling for protected time for staff.

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