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Putting it into practice

How do we put research into practice in the surgery or the hospital ward? Each week we’ll pick out a practice article and pose some topics for debate and you can pose your own questions too… 

All posts from: August 2011

What aspects of a student nurse's care should patients assess?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdTue, 30 Aug 2011

Article: Involving patients in assessment of studentsAuthor: Linda Chapman is education lead (mentor), Royal United Hospital Bath Trust; Jayne James is senior lecturer, adult nursing; Kate McMahon-Parkes is senior lecturer, adult nursing; both at University of the West of England.Key pointsPatients’ perspectives on care are vital to improving the quality of NHS servicesPatients ...

Should outdoor activities be a treatment option for some patients?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 22 Aug 2011

Article: Health benefits of outdoor therapies. Nursing Times; 107: online issue.Author: Stephen Riddell is community staff nurse, Dumfries and Galloway Primary Healthcare Trust.Key pointsPoor physical and mental health is often related ...

Do general nurses understand the needs of people with learning disabilities?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 15 Aug 2011

Article: Making the right decisions for people with learning disabilities in hospital. Nursing Times; 107: 3,12-14Author: Picton AKey pointsThe principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 should be followed by all staff caring for people who may lack capacity to make healthcare decisionsMany people with learning disabilities can make healthcare decisions with support, such as the use of simple language and ...

Does e-rostering improve management of staff time?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 8 Aug 2011

Article: Managing staff shifts through e-rostering. Nursing Times: 107: online issue.Author: Dodd S (2011)Key pointsE-rostering technology records annual leave requests, staff shift preferences, sick leave, staff movement between wards, and staff skills. ...

What value do specialist nurses add to care of patients in your ward, department or team?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 1 Aug 2011

Article:Assessing the value of specialist nursesAuthor: Monica Fletcher is chief executive, Education for Health, and chair of the European Lung FoundationKey pointsSince 2005-06, there has been a 465% increase in outpatient attendances at specialist nurse ...