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Practice Nursing

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Writing for just 20 minutes per day will help you retain the skills you learn

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Writing about nursing practice is a skill that can be learned, and benefits patients by spreading good practice. Joining a writing group can help nurses continue writing.

Nurses may be reluctant to report injuries due to fear of blame for causing the injury

Bloodborne viruses and workplace injury risk Subscription Required

Bloodborne viruses still pose a risk to health professionals, mainly through sharps-related injuries in the workplace. Increased awareness is needed to reduce this risk.

A model to support staff in raising their concerns

A model to support staff in raising their concerns Subscription Required

Raising concerns is an essential part of improving practice, as the Francis Freedom to Speak Up review indicated last week. Escal8 sets out steps to deal with these issues.

Patients can be shown how to improve their health during routine appointments

Building brief intervention into your everyday work Subscription Required

All frontline nursing staff can incorporate brief behaviour change interventions into their clinical practice to reduce patients’ risk of long-term conditions.

The case for collaboration in primary care for depression

The case for collaboration in primary care for depression

A study has demonstrated that collaborative care for people with depression, provided by a multiprofessional team in GP practices, offers improved outcomes in comparison with usual treatment

Need for 'urgent' investment in community mental health nurses

A campaign for better mental health provision and early intervention in the community has been launched by the Royal College of Nursing in partnership with the family of a man who took his own life after receiving inconsistent care.

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Columbia University

Nurse diagnosis aided by app that supports evidence-based decisions

Smartphones and tablets “may hold the key” to helping more nurses to broach sensitive health issues like obesity, smoking, and depression with patients, claim US researchers.

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Nurse-led walking programme increases activity in older patients

A practice nurse-led initiative designed to get older people to walk more often and more briskly has been shown to deliver sustained improvements in physical activity levels, according to UK researchers.  

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Local steward teams should police antibiotic prescribing, says NICE

NHS organisations should set up “antimicrobial stewardship teams” to review and question the local prescribing patterns of nurses and doctors, according to draft guidance.

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Anglia Ruskin University

Practice nursing academic returns to roots as Cambridge dean

A primary care nursing academic is to lead health, social care and education provision for future nursing and midwifery professionals in Cambridge.

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A real opportunity to embed healthcare into the very fabric of society

A real opportunity to embed healthcare into the very fabric of society

We as nurses pride ourselves on our person-centred and holistic approach to caring for patients, particularly older people.

Norovirus returns: advice is to stay away from GP

Norovirus returns: advice is to stay away from GP

After Halloween and Bonfire Night, we have the return of another, much less welcome, winter tradition: the norovirus. Or, as The Times reports, “Tis the season for winter vomiting bug”