Issue : 12 June 2012
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I am currently on my final placement and nearing the end of my course. The concept of becoming a registered nursing is now starting to dawn on me.
Bowel cancer patients living in the most deprived areas are 24% less likely to survive than more affluent patients, research suggests.
BMJ calls for neutral stance on assisted dyingSubscription
Professional medical bodies should stop opposing assisted dying and take a neutral stance, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has said.
Many diabetes patients are not being subjected to effective monitoring and this is creating an increased risk of serious health problems such as heart attack, stroke, blindness and amputation, a new NHS audit has revealed.
Former nurse appointed as Monitor directorSubscription
Heather Lawrence, chief executive of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Foundation Trust, has been appointed as a non-executive director at Monitor.
An essential update in early detection, screening, treatments and survivorship.
Registered users of nursingtimes.net and studentnursingtimes.net can win a copy of the ‘Compassion, Caring and Communication’
A government-backed scheme to allow unpaid job seekers to perform duties for a hospital trust could be seen as “staffing on the cheap”, a Labour MP has claimed.
Plaque increases cancer death riskSubscription
Poor oral hygiene may increase risk of cancer death, scientists claim.
Heart disease hits deprived areas hardestSubscription
Poor people are more likely to die from heart disease than their rich counterparts, research has found, as scientists urged the government to address the inequalities in death rates.
Gonorrhoea strains 'may become untreatable'Subscription
Gonorrhoea may become “untreatable” as drug-resistant strains are spreading across Europe, health officials said.
Kent, Surrey and Sussex NHS 111 provider namedSubscription
A partnership between out-of-hours provider Harmoni and South East Coast Ambulance Service Foundation Trust has been named as the preferred provider to deliver the new NHS 111 in Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
Scottish family nurse scheme to be extendedSubscription
The family nurse partnership programme in Scotland has been extended to three new parts of the country, it has been announced.
Card to help nurses communicate with patientsSubscription
Nurses in Worcestershire are being urged to “play their ACE card” to improve communications with patients.
Mental health trusts in London have slammed the quality of newly qualified nurses coming out of courses in the capital, Nursing Times has learnt.
'Stop the blame game to raise standards of care'Subscription
Too many times in healthcare, managers and staff use what went wrong to inspire them to find a model for safe and better practice.
NHS patient age discrimination ban imposedSubscription
Age discrimination against NHS patients is to be made illegal.
Older people's safety 'at risk due to cuts'Subscription
Older people are being put at risk because of “dangerous” cuts to home-based care which could cost the country billions of pounds, a leading charity has warned.
Artificial pancreas success in clinical trial Subscription
A hi-tech “artificial pancreas” for diabetes patients has undergone a successful test run in a clinical trial.
A new manual of practical skills which can be used in the care of children has been produced by Great Ormond Street Hospital to act as a reference point for nurses across the country.
Public satisfaction with the NHS saw its largest-ever drop last year as ministers highlighted weaknesses in the service to justify the Health and Social Care Act, and senior clinicians spoke out against the reforms.
More than one in five breast cancer patients (22.6%) will have recurrence of the disease, according to research published today.
Healthcare assistants are a vital part of the team and they must have clear roles, says Stephen Dorrell
One of the largest foundation trusts in England has begun to see significant improvements in basic standards of nursing care after introducing a unique training initiative for its nurses.
Use of agency nurses by the NHS has jumped by 50% in a year and is quickly rising, Nursing Times has learnt, calling into question widespread cuts being made to posts in order to save money.
When I am given an assignment brief I always feel a sense of panic.
Practising nurses and midwives should be banned in future from the top job at the Nursing and Midwifery Council, according to the body responsible for overseeing the troubled regulator.
The exercise craze “Nordic” walking enables heart failure patients to safely exercise more intensely than normal, according to a Polish study presented at the Heart Failure Congress in Belgrade.
Illness and patients’ perceptions of their status as subordinate to clinicians are the most important barriers to their active involvement in reducing clinical errors, according to researchers from the University of Surrey.
Guidance to help midwives and health visitors with the “challenge” of identifying women at high risk for mood disorders in the perinatal period has been published.
Technology can make care at home easier and safer, and improves patients’ experiences. However, nurses face a number of challenges in adapting to its use.
This article explores the effectiveness of health checks for people with learning disabilities in identifying unmet health needs.
Recently I sat with a group of worried doctors who after two years of aggressive recruitment for junior medical staff had not had a single applicant.
Using reflective practice in frontline nursingSubscription
Reflective practice can be used to help nurses to make sense of work situations and, ultimately, to improve care. A simple, three-stage model is proposed.
The development of advanced nursing rolesSubscription
Advanced nursing practice has led to innovation in nursing but also to confusion. This article focuses on its progress from its early days in the 19th century to the present day.
Managing osteoporosis in a rural communitySubscription
Lifestyle changes can help to prevent osteoporosis. Nurses are in an ideal position to raise awareness of issues such as bone health and fracture risk.wals
£19m pledged for NHS workers to run mutualsSubscription
An extra £19 million has been announced to fund doctors, nurses and other health workers who want to take over the running of NHS services in England.
New CQC chief executive revealedSubscription
Department of Health director general of social care David Behan has been appointed chief executive of the Care Quality Commission.