Putting it into practice
All posts from: July 2012
- Article: Chinn (2012) How can nurses use social media responsibly? Nursing Times. Published online 13 July 2012.
- 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
- 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?
- Article: Everett F, Wright W (2012) Using multimedia to teach students essential skills. Nursing Times; 108: 30/31, 18-19.
- 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
- 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?
- Article: McIntyre L et al (2012) A strategy to reduce avoidable pressure ulcers. Nursing Times; 108: 29, 14-17.
- 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
- 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.
- Article: McIntyre L et al (2012) Developing a bundle to improve fluid management. Nursing Times; 108: 28, 18-20.
- 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
- 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?
- Article: Kiernan M (2012) Reducing the risk of surgical site infection. Nursing Times; 108: 27, 12-14.
- 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
- 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?