Substance Misuse Nursing
News and practice for substance misuse nurse specialists
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
Nurses are increasingly likely to encounter patients with advanced liver disease and have a vital role in improving end-of-life care for this group
Health professionals need to be aware of emerging novel psychoactive substances as their use is increasing, particularly among younger people
New guidance from NICE on social anxiety disorder aims to reduce delays in diagnosis and treatment, and to improve the quality of life of people with the disorder
Brief interventions - “having a word” at the right time - can be effective in making people reconsider their drinking behaviour and cut their alcohol intake significantly
This article explores the issue of communication between health professionals and patients with cancer from different cultures, and the limitations in using professional or family interpreters.
Substance Misuse News
Two new treatment options for patients with hepatitis C are a step closer to being recommended for use in the NHS, following draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
Healthcare staff who work long hours in stressful environments are at an increased risk of developing a dangerous relationship with alcohol, warn researchers.
Pressure should be relieved on the capital’s accident and emergency services by removing drunks and treating them in specialist recovery centres, according to Conservative London Assembly Member Andrew Boff.
A specialist nurse is to lead initiatives at Queen’s Hospital in Burton aimed at preventing alcohol-related illnesses and providing support for patients who want to cut down on drinking.
The NHS is still failing to attach enough importance to the health and wellbeing of its nursing workforce, but the picture is improving, according to results from our latest annual survey.
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?
As a custody nurse, Lorna Stephens cares for people who have anything from diabetes or drug dependency issues to depression
Courageous, strong, brave, committed, supportive and kind. These are the words I most associate with the service users I have been working with over the past four weeks.
We talk to Colin Tyrie, senior public health development adviser in substance misuse at Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, who qualified as an RGN in 1990 and as an RMN in 1995.
Behind the Headlines
“Cannabis use ‘shrinks and rewires’ the brain,” reports The Daily Telegraph, with much of the media reporting similar “brain rewiring” headlines.
“Cocaine users ‘thinner’ because drug alters metabolism,” The Independent explains.
“England is a nation of secret boozers,” The Independent argues, as it reports on a study investigating the discrepancy between alcohol sales in England and the amount people say they drink in surveys.