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Substance Misuse Nursing

News and practice for substance misuse nurse specialists

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.

How common medicines can affect bone health

How common medicines can affect bone health Subscription Required

Drugs used to treat common conditions can adversely affect bone health. Nurses need to be aware of the risks and prevention strategies

A framework to develop nurses’ liver care skills

A framework to develop nurses’ liver care skills Subscription Required

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

Nursing care for  end-stage liver disease

Nursing care for end-stage liver disease Subscription Required

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

Managing misuse of novel psychoactive substances

Managing misuse of novel psychoactive substances Subscription Required

Health professionals need to be aware of emerging novel psychoactive substances as their use is increasing, particularly among younger people

Recognition and treatment of social anxiety disorder

Recognition and treatment of social anxiety disorder

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 intervention for alcohol misuse Subscription Required

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

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Communication in cross-cultural cancer care

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.

Treatments for hepatitis C get provisional backing for NHS use

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treatment options for patients with hepatitis C are a step closer to being recommended for use in the NHS, following draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Working very long hours linked to risky alcohol use, warn researchers

Healthcare staff who work long hours in stressful environments are at an increased risk of developing a dangerous relationship with alcohol, warn researchers.

Cut ‘needless drunk admissions’ to ease A&E pressures, says Tory

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.

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Specialist nurse starts new alcohol role at Midlands hospital

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.

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Survey: Nurses' wellbeing still needs more attention

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.

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'The consequences of addiction are most definitely a healthcare issue'

'The consequences of addiction are most definitely a healthcare issue'

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?

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Cops, robbers... and nurses

As a custody nurse, Lorna Stephens cares for people who have anything from diabetes or drug dependency issues to depression

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Substance misusers are not a lost cause Subscription Required

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.

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60 seconds with... Colin Tyrie, senior public health development adviser

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.

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Long-term cannabis users brains 'are different'

Long-term cannabis users brains 'are different'

“Cannabis use ‘shrinks and rewires’ the brain,” reports The Daily Telegraph, with much of the media reporting similar “brain rewiring” headlines.

Cocaine may affect the way the body stores fat

Cocaine may affect the way the body stores fat

“Cocaine users ‘thinner’ because drug alters metabolism,” The Independent explains.

Binge drinking rates could be higher than thought

Binge drinking rates could be higher than thought

“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.

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