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Occupational Health Nursing

News and practice for occupational health nurses

How to use personal protective equipment

How to use personal protective equipment Subscription Required

Protecting staff and patients from infection is vital so all staff who may have to use personal protective equipment must know how to use and remove it correctly

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Advising on lifestyle can improve nurses’ health

Advising on lifestyle can improve nurses’ health

An evaluation of health promotion training provided to nurses at a trust showed that it has helped the nurses to review their own lifestyles

Health worker receiving the influenza vaccination

Why do health workers decline flu vaccination? Subscription Required

Influenza is highly contagious but myths about the flu vaccine may lead to nurses declining vaccination, putting them at risk of transmitting the virus to their patients

Gloves

Appropriate glove use in dermatitis prevention Subscription Required

The rise in glove use in healthcare has been accompanied by increasing reports of dermatitis. Royal College of Nursing guidance advises on how and when to use gloves.

A student

Why do students fail to disclose health problems? Subscription Required

Many student nurses fear disclosing information about disability or health. This study explored their concerns and developed a web zone to improve knowledge

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

Regulator agrees to look into bullying claims at Midlands trust

The NHS Trust Development Authority is to review claims that a culture of bullying at Worcestershire Health and Care Trust “wrecked careers and lives”.

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University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff

Sister says working A&E night shift is 'more stressful than war zone'

A senior nurse at one of Wales’s busiest accident and emergency departments has described a weekend night shift as more stressful than working in a warzone.

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Working very long hours linked to risky alcohol use, warn researchers

Healthcare staff who work long hours in stressful environments are at an increased risk of developing a dangerous relationship with alcohol, warn researchers.

Diabetes risk higher in black women who work night shifts

A large ongoing study into the health of African-American women has found those who work night shifts are significantly more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who never work at night.

Ebola hemorrhagic fever

UK ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey no longer critically ill, say doctors

Pauline Cafferkey, a UK nurse who contracted ebola after working in Sierra Leone, is no longer in a critical condition, doctors have confirmed.

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'Community nurses do have the power to save our NHS'

'Community nurses do have the power to save our NHS' Subscription Required

In advance of the Queen’s Nursing Institute’s annual conference, I have been reflecting on the collective power of community nurses to improve the health of our nation - and when I say “community nurses” I mean nurses across the whole range of specialties.

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Standard principles: hospital environmental hygiene and hand hygiene

Standard principles: hospital environmental hygiene and hand hygiene Subscription Required

This article describes standard principles for infection prevention and control focusing on hospital environmental hygiene and hand hygiene, both of which are crucial to the prevention of healthcare associated infection (HCAI). The guidelines do not address the additional infection control requirements of specialist settings, such as the operating department or for outbreak situations.

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