Issue : 11 November 2008
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Nurses must dispel myths surrounding top-up careSubscription
Are you dreading the first time you are called on to care for a patient who is paying for top-up drugs in addition to their NHS treatment?
As I’m sure none of you have failed to notice, we are in the midst of turbulent economic times. People are losing their jobs and their homes, and there is an uncertainty about the future and how we will get ourselves out of this mess.
Unhealthy nurses may be failing at workSubscription
Last week I visited the eye clinic because I had developed acute iritis. The clinic was full, as it always is, with a wide variety of eye-related traumas and unpronounceable conditions.
In a culture obsessed with beauty, George Winter claims an industry of ‘face-lifters’ is perpetuating the view that undesirable features require medical intervention
‘So much effort is wasted’Subscription
Like healthcare services, healthcare research has more than its fair share of duplication of effort and wheel reinvention. Every week funders issue research calls inviting researchers to bid for vast sums of money.
Is a little goodwilled deception justified?Subscription
I popped in to theatre to see how my list was getting on. Fairly smoothly by the looks of it, until one of the theatre nurses remarked on how nervous our current patient had been.
'Our legislative concerns are strangely skewed’Subscription
A recent survey by me found that nobody – with the possible exception of Nick Clegg – can name three members of the Liberal Democrat Party. For those interested in research methodology, I asked eight people, three of whom were under 12 and two of whom had had a drink and were singing ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’.
The NHS's senior workforce director has said that strategic health authorities should spend more on CPD for nurses.
Senior nurse support requested by RCNSubscription
Directors of nursing are being asked to help the RCN draw up an A–Z guide for nurses newly appointed to senior management roles.
Providing nurses with just a week’s training on conflict management can improve their safety, evidence has suggested.