Issue : 10 June 2008
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Miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy 2: managementSubscription
This two-part unit explores miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy. This part, part 2, outlines diagnosis, management and key nursing interventions. It also discusses the emotional impact of pregnancy loss.
The use of Domiciliary Oxygen therapySubscription
Authors Carol Kelly, MA, BSc, RGN, is senior lecturer, Edge Hill University/Respiratory Education UK; Dave Lynes, PhD, RN, is head of academic services, Respiratory Education UKAbstract Kelly, C., Lynes, D. (2008) The use of domiciliary oxygen therapy. Nursing Times; 104: 23, 46–48.Carol Kelly and Dave Lynes discuss the evidence and assessment for domiciliary oxygen, as well as considering oxygen therapy in palliative care.
Interpreting the Language of BreathlessnessSubscription
Authors Janelle Yorke, MRes, GradDip, RGN, lecturer; Anne-Marie Russell, PGCE, MSc, BSc, RM, RN, RHV, LPE, lecturer/nurse practitioner, both at School of Nursing, University of Salford.
We need more research to manage dyspnoeaSubscription
My invitation to write this editorial came as I was attending the American Thoracic Society’s (ATS) International Conference in Toronto, Canada (16–21 May).
New test for severe asthma in childrenSubscription
British Lung Foundation researchers at Imperial College have discovered that testing the phlegm, fluid and gases breathed out by children with severe asthma is an effective way of monitoring inflammation.
Chemical and physical methods of reducing exposure to house dust mite allergens have not been recommended by a Cochrane review.
Updated asthma guidelines have called for greater recognition of difficult-to-control asthma.
Why is mental health nursing unpopular?Subscription
A US study suggests mental health nurses are viewed negatively by other nurses. Lisa Hitchen asks why.
Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust is leading the way on race equality and diversity, reveals Victoria Hoban.
Is it time to get rid of targets?Subscription
Concerns have been raised that continuing government focus on targets for the NHS is having a negative effect on nursing care.
Calls for increased fuel allowanceSubscription
Nursing unions are calling for an increase in nurses’ fuel allowance to help cover the hike in petrol costs.
Training budgets were capped by governmentSubscription
The Government itself imposed restrictions on spending on healthcare training in order for the health service to reach a surplus in 2006–2007, NHS chief executive David Nicholsonhas admitted.
Scotland rethinks community rolesSubscription
Ongoing concerns about Scottish Government plans for a generic community nurse have prompted the RCN to launch its own review of the role.
Nursing directors face judgementSubscription
Directors of nursing and other senior nurses at trusts judged as underperforming could find themselves replaced by colleagues from the independent sector, under latest government plans.
Bursary plan for degree studentsSubscription
Students applying for nursing degrees are to be offered bursaries for the first time, under plans revealed last week.
A pioneering sexual health unit in London, which uses touch screens for triage, is celebrating its first anniversary.
Unions split on how to regulate HCAsSubscription
The two major nursing unions are split over how to best regulate healthcare assistants.
NI brings in new visitor guidelinesSubscription
Hospital visitors must obtain permission from the nurse in charge of the relevant ward before bringing in food, according to new guidelines in Northern Ireland.
Nurses vote for multi-year dealSubscription
Nurses will see this year’s 2.75% pay rise in their salary slips next month after the UK’s two largest health unions accepted the government’s proposed multi-year offer.
Complaints were lodged against NMC last yearSubscription
Allegations of improper conduct were lodged against senior members of the NMC last year, despite previous denials that any such complaints had been made, NT understands.
Matron numbers vary despite growthSubscription
Modern matron coverage still varies greatly across England, despite the NHS having met its target to double their number.
Calls to monitor nutritional riskSubscription
Nurses have been warned of the need to screen all patients for nutritional risk.
Joining a therapeutic community programmeSubscription
BACKGROUND: The Acorn Programme is an 8–12-month inpatient and day-patient programme for clients who have severe and complex mental-health problems.AIM: To explore clients’ experiences of joining a therapeutic community.METHOD: Semi-structured interviews were carried out with six residents, and the data were analysed.RESULTS AND DISCUSSION: The main themes were divided into two categories: those ...
The projected increase in the incidence of dementia highlights the importance of good communication skills and person-centred care for this group. Nerys Hairon reports
AbstractNoble, H., Lewis, R. (2008) Assessing palliative care needs in end-stage kidney disease. This is an extended version of the article published in Nursing Times; 104: 23, 26-27.This article outlines the various issues that need to be considered in providing palliative care for patients with stage 5 chronic kidney disease. First, treatment decisions and issues surrounding the decision-making process are discussed. The importance of good symptom ...
Genes and Chromosomes; Part 1 - an IntroductionSubscription
This article, the first in a four-part series, introduces genes and chromosomes.