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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.

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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

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Improving training in motivational interviewing Subscription Required

Practitioners from different clinical backgrounds can use motivational interviewing. A university set up a module on the technique for health and social care professionals

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Benefits of napping on night shifts Subscription Required

Napping on breaks during a night shift can boost nurses’ health and patient safety

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Workplace assaults can lead to severe distress

Reducing distress following assault in the workplace Subscription Required

EMDR and reprocessing therapy can help reduce mental health nurses’ emotional distress after being assaulted at work

Attacks on frontline public sector workers 'rife'

More than 400 frontline workers in the health, emergency service and transport sectors are attacked on duty each week across the UK, fresh figures have revealed.

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Will Pooley's nurse colleague dies from ebola

A nurse who worked side by side with the British nurse who contracted ebola in Sierra Leone has become the latest healthcare professional at the hospital to die from the deadly virus, Nursing Times has learnt.

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WHO says ‘unprecedented’ number of clinicians infected with Ebola

The high proportion of nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers infected during the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is “unprecedented”, the World Health Organization has said.

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Desire to help others drives burn out risk in nurses

Nurses motivated primarily by the desire to help others, rather than by enjoyment of the work itself, are more likely to burn out on the job, according to US researchers.

NHS sickness absence rates falling, despite rise in pressure

Sickness absence is costing the NHS an estimated £1.5bn a year, according to the NHS Employers organisation, but staff are taking less time off for illness than they were five years ago.

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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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