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Practice Nursing

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Differentiating dementia, delirium and depression

Differentiating dementia, delirium and depression

Nursing Times Learning has launched a new unit on how to tell the difference between dementia, delirium and depression in older people, to ensure they receive the right care.

Students preferred the mini interview approach to traditional interviews

Multiple mini-interviews for nurse recruitment Subscription Required

Multiple mini-interviews are being used collaboratively by a higher education institution and an NHS trust to select nurses with the right skills and value.

More nurses must be recruited to practice nursing to alleviate the workforce crisis

A scheme to increase practice nurse numbers Subscription Required

The Advanced Training Practice Scheme is boosting the number of nurses pursuing a career in practice nursing in the Yorkshire and Humberside region.

How effective is Productive Ward?

How effective is Productive Ward? Subscription Required

The Productive Ward initiative celebrates its 10th birthday this year, and a growing body of literature reveals its benefits to patients and staff.

Student nurse feedback can help ensure clinical placements meet students' needs

Encouraging student feedback on placements Subscription Required

After eliciting students’ views on what makes a good practice placement, one trust is now working to make sure students feel able to raise concerns.

Patient education should be tailored for those at risk of diabetes

It is “important” for nurses to personalise diabetes-related education, management, and support to the specific needs and vulnerabilities of at-risk patients, according to researchers.

Ed Miliband

Labour unveils health manifesto including 1:1 maternity care pledge

Labour has said it will ensure every woman is guaranteed one-to-one care while giving birth, as it unveiled its election manifesto for health at the weekend.

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Guidance on pre-loading insulin syringes for diabetes patients

Nurses are being offered guidance on the difficult area of pre-loading insulin syringes for patients with diabetes, who are otherwise unable to manage their condition.

Diabetes control 'improved' with better insulin injection technique

Teaching better insulin injection technique to diabetes patients can improve blood glucose control, according to Italian researchers.

Paracetamol branded ‘ineffective’ for treating lower back pain

Paracetamol is not effective in the treatment of spinal pain and provides negligible benefits for osteoarthritis, according to an Australian study.

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'To tackle dementia, nurses need the support of families' Subscription Required

With only weeks until the UK general election, any politicians’ pledges must be considered in the light of their timing. On 21 February the prime minister announced that by 2020 all NHS England staff will have “training” in dementia “appropriate to their role”. I don’t see any mention of cost, or any extra resources.

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”

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