Substance Misuse Nursing
News and practice for substance misuse nurse specialists
Challenges of attending accident and emergency units with patients presenting with minor injuries caused by self-harm were overcome via a nurse-led care pathway.
A harm reduction service for users of intravenous drugs run by mental health nurses developed into wider healthcare services for this vulnerable group.
By looking for early signs of cataracts when conducting holistic patient assessments, nurses can help affected patients manage any loss of vision until surgery is appropriate.
To help meet the nation’s future health challenges, Public Health England has drawn up a set of areas health professionals can focus on to positively impact on public health.
A Cochrane review explored the evidence for brief interventions undertaken in schools to reduce substance misuse and other problematic behavioural outcomes for adolescents who use substances.
All frontline nursing staff can incorporate brief behaviour change interventions into their clinical practice to reduce patients’ risk of long-term conditions.
Drugs used to treat common conditions can adversely affect bone health. Nurses need to be aware of the risks and prevention strategies
This article reports on a competency framework to improve nurses’ skills in caring for people with liver disease, marking the launch of a Nursing Times Learning Unit
Substance Misuse News
Hospital admissions from hepatitis C-related end-stage liver disease and liver cancer continue to rise, according to latest figures highlighted by Public Health England.
Drinking alcohol while pregnant is common in UK, Ireland, and Australasia, according to UK researchers, sparking concerns from midwives.
A quarter of patients prescribed opioids for the first time end up progressing to longer-term prescriptions, according to US researchers.
NHS England has announced it will be investing an extra £190m to improve access to new treatments for hepatitis C.
The risk of dying from prescription drug overdose increases markedly based on how many times patients visit accident and emergency, according to US researchers.
“Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult” is the memorable line from the mouth of bumbling Simon Foster MP in the hilarious political comedy In The Loop.
Now I am at the end of my course I have had some time to sit and reflect on my journey as a student nurse.
What’s in a name? Quite a bit it seems. Researchers, writing in the subtly titled journal Evidence Based Medicine, have found that choosing the right name is the key to success in online dating.
If I were to ask you if you thought those who are dependent on substances and members of their family were subjected to negativity from some healthcare professionals, what would your honest answer be?
Behind the Headlines
“‘Baby brain’ is a stereotype and all in the mind, the Mail Online reports.
“How having just the one drink can make you look more gorgeous, according to science,” The Independent reports. But the “science” turns out to be an experiment carried out under highly artificial conditions.
“Cannabis use ‘shrinks and rewires’ the brain,” reports The Daily Telegraph, with much of the media reporting similar “brain rewiring” headlines.