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Putting it into practice

All posts from: July 2012

How can nurses use social media responsibly?

30 July, 2012 Posted by: -

Key points

  • Nurses no longer live together or work as closely together as they used to
  • Social media offers new ways for nurses to share knowledge and expertise
  • Previous social networking experience is not necessary to use Twitter
  • Twitter chats are an excellent way to use the site professionally
  • Nurses should comply with the code of professional conduct when using social media

Let’s discuss

  • How do you stay up to date and in contact with your peers?
  • Think about how people use social media in their personal lives. How could you use it professionally?
  • This article describes how Twitter can be used to link nurses together. If you are trying to solve a problem, how could you use Twitter to help you?
  • It is important to use social media responsibly. What advice does the NMC give nurses and how would you explain this to a student nurse?

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How should multimedia be used in nurse education?

23 July, 2012 Posted by: -

Key points

  • Multimedia can engage students and enhance their learning experiences
  • Multimedia can be used to introduce and develop essential nursing skills
  • Nurse educators have an important role in developing innovative teaching approaches
  • Video can be an integral part of a blended learning approach to skills
  • Students value the use of multimedia

Let’s discuss

  • In your opinion, what is the best way to teach student nurses essential nursing skills?
  • How could multimedia, such as video, be used to teach the principles of essential nursing care?
  • After reading this article can you identify benefits and pitfalls of using video to teach essential skills?
  • How could you use multimedia resources, such as video, to teach and reinforce essential skills in your clinical area?

Can pressure ulcer incidence be used as a measure of nursing care?

16 July, 2012 Posted by: -

Key points

  • Safety Express is a national programme to minimise the four main avoidable harms in healthcare, one of which is pressure ulcers
  • Treating pressure ulcers is costly and eliminating them could save the NHS over £150m a year
  • Pressure ulcers are more likely to occur in patients who are elderly, malnourished, dehydrated, obese and/or with underlying medical conditions
  • The NHS Safety Thermometer and serious incident reporting can be used to measure the incidence and prevalence of pressure ulcers
  • Nurses have a role in monitoring the incidence of pressure ulcers

Let’s discuss

  • What organisational factors contribute to pressure ulcer development in your clinical area? After reading this article how could you address these issues?
  • What measures should be in place to ensure pressure ulcers are avoided? How would you explain and demonstrate these to a student nurse?
  • How would you define an unavoidable pressure ulcer?
  • The authors say that elimination of avoidable grade 2, 3, and 4 pressure ulcers can be used as an outcome measure for nursing care.
  • Explain how essential care including; hydration, nutrition, medication management and personalized care reduces the risk of pressure ulcers.

How can nurses improve fluid management and reduce the risk of dehydration?

9 July, 2012 Posted by: -

Key points

  • All patients should be assessed for their fluid needs
  • A plan should be made to ensure optimum hydration
  • Fluid intake should be managed continuously
  • Hydration should be reviewed for early detection of deterioration
  • Education for all involved and effective communication throughout underpin the principles of successful fluid management

Let’s discuss

  • Think about your ward or unit. How do you monitor the accuracy of fluid balance charts?
  • What strategies could you use to ensure patients receive adequate fluids?
  • Why do you think dehydration is a problem in hospitals?
  • What strategies have your Trust developed to improve monitoring and management of patients who are at risk of dehydration?
  • How could the Intelligent Fluid Management Bundle described in this article help reduce the problem of dehydration in hospitals?

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How can nurses contribute to reducing the risk of surgical site infection?

2 July, 2012 Posted by: -

Key points

  • Surgical site infections continue to represent about a fifth of all healthcare-associated infections
  • Although SSI rates appear to have fallen, this is largely because of poor detection due to rapid discharge
  • The risk of SSI is normally related to the class of surgical procedure
  • A variety of patient factors increase risk; nurses should make every attempt to encourage patients having planned surgery to reduce their risk of infection
  • All nurses should ensure the key interventions to reduce risk are carried out for every patient on every occasion

Let’s discuss

  • What are the signs and symptoms of a surgical site infection?
  • Provide a definition for the four categories of surgical procedures: clean; clean-contaminated; contaminated; and dirty
  • What patient factors increase the risk of SSI?
  • What measures can nurses take to reduce the risk of SSI?
  • Why do you think surgical site infection rates are falling?


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