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Issue : 11 November 2008

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  • Providing palliative day care for non-malignent conditionsSubscription

    Clinical11 November, 2008

    ABSTRACTCochrane, E. et al(2008) Providing palliative day care for non-malignant conditions. Nursing Times ; 104: 45, 32–35.

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    Gardening as a therapeutic intervention in mental healthSubscription

    Clinical11 November, 2008

    This article describes why one low-secure unit chose to initiate a horticultural therapy project and organise it as a ‘workers’ cooperative’.The therapeutic benefits of gardening are explored, particularly focusing on the social benefits. The article also discusses the issue of hope, which is an intrinsic requirement in gardening.

  • Cervical cancer 2: Treatment options and side-effectsSubscription

    Clinical11 November, 2008

     This is the second of a two-part unit on managing cervical cancer. Part 1 covered its incidence and risk factors, screening and diagnosis, the vaccination programme, types of cervical cancer and disease spread. This second part outlines treatment and side-effects.

  • Exploring the anatomy and physiology of ageing: part 7 - the endocrine systemSubscription

    Clinical11 November, 2008

    The seventh in this series on the anatomy and physiology looks at changes that occur in the endocrine system

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    How to recognise respiratory syncytial virus in babiesSubscription

    Clinical11 November, 2008

    A new survey shows parents’ awareness of the risks posed to infants by a winter respiratory virus is worryingly low. Nerys Hairon outlines nurses’ role in prevention 

  • Working in the sudanSubscription

    Opinion11 November, 2008

    Nursing in a war-torn country can offer many personal rewards. Kathy Oxtoby talks to Jo Grimshaw about her work in Darfur

  • A blueprint for better care?Subscription

    Analysis11 November, 2008

    With the Conservative Party calling for more single rooms in all hospitals, Helen Mooney examines the pros and cons for nurses and patients

  • What will changes to top-up fees mean for nurses?Subscription

    Analysis11 November, 2008

    The government has announced a range of measures that aim to increase access to expensive drug treatments. Helen Mooney outlines the new system and its implications for nursing

  • C. diff testing kit errors prompt calls for double testingSubscription

    News11 November, 2008

    Patients suspected of being infected with C. diff should be tested twice because of the risk of misdiagnosis, suggest UK researchers.

  • Tamoxifen cancer drug management neededSubscription

    News11 November, 2008

    Nurses need to encourage more breast cancer patients receiving tamoxifen to complete their full five-year course of treatment, warn Scottish researchers.

  • Guidance to highlight value of ward sisters roleSubscription

    News11 November, 2008

    The RCN is to publish guidance on the role of ward sisters in response to concerns that the role is ill defined, underpaid, undervalued and overburdened with paperwork.

  • Nurses trial leaflet which outlines pateints end-of-life choiceSubscription

    News11 November, 2008

    Nurses are piloting a leaflet to help patients understand their choices at the end of life, Louise Tweddell reports.

  • Failing London courses could lose contracts if attrition isn't slowedSubscription

    News11 November, 2008

    Failing nursing courses in London could have their contracts terminated if attrition isn't slowed under a tough new regime to improve standards, NHS managers have warned.

  • Safety campaign gains momentumSubscription

    News11 November, 2008

    The RCN has pledged its support to a campaign that aims to make avoidable patient deaths ‘unacceptable’.

  • Conflict management training cuts violent attacks on staffSubscription

    News11 November, 2008

    Providing nurses with just a week’s training on conflict management can improve their safety, evidence has suggested.

  • Senior nurse support requested by RCNSubscription

    News11 November, 2008

    Directors of nursing are being asked to help the RCN draw up an A–Z guide for nurses newly appointed to senior management roles.

  • Spend more on CPD, says NHS senior workforce directorSubscription

    News11 November, 2008

    The NHS's senior workforce director has said that strategic health authorities should spend more on CPD for nurses.

  • 'Our legislative concerns are strangely skewed’Subscription

    Opinion10 November, 2008

    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’.

  • Is a little goodwilled deception justified?Subscription

    Opinion10 November, 2008

    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.

  • ‘So much effort is wasted’Subscription

    Opinion10 November, 2008

    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.

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