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Student nurse feedback can help ensure clinical placements meet students' needs

Encouraging student feedback on placements Subscription Required

2-Mar-2015

After eliciting students’ views on what makes a good practice placement, one trust is now working to make sure students feel able to raise concerns.

Dosette boxes can help people with memory problems self manage diabetes

Managing diabetes in people with dementia Subscription Required

2-Mar-2015

The number of patients with both type 2 diabetes and dementia is rising, which poses new challenges in blood glucose monitoring and medicines administration.

Type 2 diabetes: prevention, diagnosis and management

Type 2 diabetes: prevention, diagnosis and management Subscription Required

2-Mar-2015

Nurses are increasingly likely to care for patients with type 2 diabetes. This learning unit will increase understanding of its causes, prevention, treatment and management.

Evidence on whether brief interventions in school reduce substance use was mixed

Interventions to tackle substance use in schools Subscription Required

2-Mar-2015

A Cochrane review explored the evidence for brief interventions undertaken in schools to reduce substance misuse and other problematic behavioural outcomes for adolescents who use substances.

Using information prescriptions in diabetes

Using information prescriptions in diabetes Subscription Required

2-Mar-2015

Diabetes UK has developed information prescriptions to give people with diabetes clear information and advice to help them improve their health outcomes.

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Nuala Close

'Patients feel more comfortable talking about body image concerns with a nurse'

6-Mar-2015

Being a successful leader might pull you away from patients but Nuala Close found the opposite is true

Gabriel Ngalomba

'We can all learn to practise the 6Cs'

5-Mar-2015

We talk to Gabriel Ngalomba, charge nurse at Thumbswood Mother and Baby Unit, Hertfordshire Partnership University Foundation Trust. He has worked in mental health for 15 years.

Emma Selby

Ever boxed with a patient?

27-Feb-2015

Emma Selby found that unconventional methods resulted in unrivalled results with her patients

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New year, so let’s look at the old you

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Hydration – the missing part of nutritional care

This article is available in full to non-subscribers until 11 March, just register for free to access.


Why is this article important?

Next week is Diabetes week. This is an ideal time to talk about simple measures that can improve patients food and fluid intake.

This week's free article looks at incident reports from National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) relating to hydration and shows that this area of care continues to be frequently neglected.

After reading the article:

  • Explain the reasons why hydration is frequently neglected
  • What are the consequences for patients?
  • When should you give supplementary fluids to a patient who is receiving enteral feeding?
  • Think about your ward, department or case load. What change could you make to improve your patients fluid intake?

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