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Nursing Long Term Conditions

News and practice about long term conditions

Phrases like “my head feels like it’s in a vice” can help nurses get a sense of pain severity

The importance of assessing pain in adults Subscription Required

Pain is a personal experience but may be difficult to communicate. It is vital that nurses know how best to assess it to ensure the optimal treatment is given.

The focus group found children needed asthma advice before finishing year six

Providing better asthma care for children in school Subscription Required

A project provided children and young people with better care and support, and improved education and awareness for parents and teachers.

Using hospital at home to reduce admissions

Using hospital at home to reduce admissions Subscription Required

Two clinical commissioning groups aimed to improve the patient experience and reduce hospital admissions by devising a “hospital at home” community care service

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Discharge after being in critical care is the start of a long recovery process for patients

Rehabilitating patients after critical care Subscription Required

Being in critical care can have negative effects on patients but implementing rehabilitation strategies at an early stage can aid long-term recovery.

Nurse-led treatment for occipital neuralgia

Nurse-led treatment for occipital neuralgia Subscription Required

Occipital nerve injections to treat occipital neuralgia are often administered by doctors, but a nurse-led clinic proved to be more favourable with patients.

Exclusive: Nurse prescribing facing raft of new challenges

Nurse prescribers have become “embedded” in practice as their numbers continue to grow, but experts have warned their continued success is at risk from skill loss, outdated practice and the need for more education funding.

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Smoke exposure increases asthma admission risk

The risk for hospital admission doubles for children with asthma who are exposed to second-hand smoke, according to a US study.

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NICE approves new oral anti-coagulant for atrial fibrillation

The drug edoxaban has been given the official seal of approval for NHS use in preventing stroke and blood clots in patients with a common heart disorder.

Hypertension drugs at bedtime ‘halves diabetes risk’

Taking blood pressure medication at bedtime rather than in the morning halves the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to new research.

Cambridge and Warwick universities

Possible knowledge gap over diabetes drug side effects

A potential gap in scientific knowledge about a class of drugs that are used to treat type 2 diabetes has been highlighted in a new study by UK researchers.

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Sorry seems to be the hardest word

Analysis of complaints sent to the health service ombudsman has found that not receiving an adequate apology is the most common complaint, accounting for a third of cases last year. Archive

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'Limited training places could render district nurses extinct'

'Limited training places could render district nurses extinct' Subscription Required

Through my experience in community nursing I believe registered nurses in district nursing teams need further academic support and clinical development after being in community practice for one year.

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Clinical Development: A framework for effective communication skills

Clinical Development: A framework for effective communication skills Subscription Required

This article outlines a framework for nurses to further develop their communication skills during interaction with patients. It also shows how to implement this framework in nursing practice.

Antibiotics may help ease chronic back pain

Antibiotics may help ease chronic back pain

News that back pain could be “cured” by antibiotics has prompted wide media coverage, with The Independent reporting that “Half a million sufferers of back pain ‘could be cured with antibiotics’.”


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