Issue : 11 November 2008
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ABSTRACTCochrane, E. et al(2008) Providing palliative day care for non-malignant conditions. Nursing Times ; 104: 45, 32–35.
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.
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.
The seventh in this series on the anatomy and physiology looks at changes that occur in the endocrine system
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
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
With the Conservative Party calling for more single rooms in all hospitals, Helen Mooney examines the pros and cons for nurses and patients
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
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
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
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 are piloting a leaflet to help patients understand their choices at the end of life, Louise Tweddell reports.
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
The RCN has pledged its support to a campaign that aims to make avoidable patient deaths ‘unacceptable’.
Providing nurses with just a week’s training on conflict management can improve their safety, evidence has suggested.
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.
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
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
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
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.
In a culture obsessed with beauty, George Winter claims an industry of ‘face-lifters’ is perpetuating the view that undesirable features require medical intervention
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.
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.
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?