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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: October 2012

Is group reading of benefit to people with mental health problems?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 29 Oct 2012

Article: McLauglin S, Colbourn S (2012) A reading group in acute mental healthcare. Nursing Times; 108: 44, 14-15.Key pointsThe Reader Organisation works in healthcare to share great literature with patients and staffOne trust has piloted readings of stories and poems to patients with acute mental health problemsThe ...

Why is it that nurses sometimes ask the wrong questions?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 22 Oct 2012

Article: Mee S (2012) Why do nurses sometimes ask the wrong questions? Nursing Times; 108: 43, 16-18.Key pointsThe case of Kane Gorny is one of many instances that have come to light in recent years where a patient’s needs have been neglectedWhen a patient is aggressive, a nurse can either seek a reason for it and act on this, or respond to the aggression directlyNurses should always ask ...

What can I do to aid the accuracy of X-rays in checking NG tube positioning?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 15 Oct 2012

Article: Rollins H (2012) How accurate are X-rays to check NG tube positioning? Nursing Times; 108; 42, 14-16.Key pointsThe position of a nasogastric tube is vitally important as accidental administration of feed into the lungs can lead to fatal complicationsThe gold standard method of detecting the position of nasogastric tubes is by X-ray, ...

How can nurses aid management of chronic constipation in adults?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 8 Oct 2012

Article: Rogers J (2012) How to manage chronic constipation in adults. Nursing Times; 108; 41: 12-18.Key pointsConstipation is one of the most common forms of gastrointestinal disorders encountered by nursesIt is often trivialised but is a significant condition causing pain and distress and affecting quality of lifeChronic constipation ...

To what extent do you consider the humanisation of care in your practice?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 1 Oct 2012

Article: Hemingway et al (2012) Humanising nursing care: a theoretical model. Nursing Times; 108: 40, 26-27.Key pointsFocusing on what it is to be human will help us to reflect on our practice criticallyThe eight dimensions put the individual patient at the centre of careHaving a clear value framework helps to ensure the best quality ...