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Management of diabetic ketoacidosis in adults

Management of diabetic ketoacidosis in adults Subscription Required

Diabetic ketoacidosis is a potentially life-threatening complication of diabetes, making it a medical emergency. Nurses need to know how to identify and manage it

Stress and coping strategies in renal staff

Stress and coping strategies in renal staff Subscription Required

This study investigated the causes of stress among both nurses and doctors working in a busy renal setting, and methods used to reduce stress

A nurse-led community hepatitis B clinic

A nurse-led community hepatitis B clinic Subscription Required

People with chronic hepatitis B virus infection need life-long monitoring. This care could be provided by specialist nurses based in GP clinics

Physical and social causes of hypothermia

Physical and social causes of hypothermia Subscription Required

National and local strategies aim to reduce the risk of hypothermia. Nurses have a vital role in identifying and supporting patients at risk of hypothermia

A new approach to safeguarding vulnerable adults and children

A new approach to safeguarding vulnerable adults and children Subscription Required

Safeguarding of vulnerable adults and children is challenging. A new framework will support staff at all levels in their safeguarding responsibilities through training and designated professionals

Recycling

Nurses could save NHS millions with better waste recycling

Nurses could help save money and the environment by simply putting rubbish in the right bin, according to new guidance on waste management published by the Royal College of Nursing.

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Care safe at Bridgewater, but trust has some 'weaknesses', says CQC

Patient care is safe and compassionate at Bridgewater Community Healthcare Trust, but there is still room for improvement in some areas, the Care Quality Commission has concluded.

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Scan predicts brain damage recovery

PET scan potential for predicting brain damage recovery

A brain scanning technique has “far-reaching” potential for predicting the fate of severely brain damaged vegetative patients, research has shown.

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Nurses missing out on tax breaks, warns NMC

Around 70% of nurses and midwives are missing out on over £170 a year in tax relief on their annual registration fee and other professional expenses, according to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

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Unite to hold indicative ballot on pay action in May

Unite has said it will be “consulting” its NHS members on possible strike action over what it described as the government’s “insulting” pay offer.

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Supporting staff nurses to train as community specialist district nurse practitioners Subscription Required

Band 5 staff nurses often need targeted training to make the transition to specialist practitioners. A trust set up a course to prepare candidates for degree study

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High protein diet not as bad for you as smoking

High protein diet not as bad for you as smoking

“People who eat diets rich in animal protein carry similar cancer risk to those who smoke 20 cigarettes each day,” reports The Daily Telegraph.

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Childhood nightmares link to psychotic experiences

“Regular nightmares in childhood may be an early warning sign of psychotic disorders,” BBC News reports.

Is cooked meat linked to increased dementia risk?

Cooking meat “may” increase the risk of developing dementia, reports BBC News.

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