Issue : 12 June 2013
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'How competent do you feel as a student nurse?'Subscription
Are we given good enough training to be competent as qualified nurses? Mikey Whitehead, children’s student nurse editor, shares his views …
Student nurse, Oluwafemi Faniku, thinks student nurses have alot to offer
The image of nursing is at an all-time low, says Claudine Wetherall
A former nurse with an incurable asbestos-related disease is calling for anyone who worked with her to come forward with information about the hospitals she worked at in the 1960s and 1970.
“A new test can reliably tell if an unborn baby has Down’s syndrome without putting it at risk,” Metro reports.
The community and social care trust that employs former Mid Staffordshire nurse and whistleblower Helene Donnelly has given its support to our Speak Out Safely campaign.
Women who live in poor areas are less likely to have their breasts screened for signs of cancer, officials said.
Call to introduce earlier HPV testsSubscription
Carrying out a virus test before traditional cervical screening could prevent around 600 cases of cancer a year in England, research suggests.
'Gene machines' to cut scan timeSubscription
Two “gene machines” that have been installed at a children’s hospital will cut the time it takes to scan for rare and inherited genetic disorders from a year to just days, doctors have said.
Living with undiagnosed dementiaSubscription
My phone rang and I walked quickly out of the office to start what I knew was going to be a difficult conversation.
Charity launches updated Alzheimer's resourceSubscription
The Alzheimer’s Society has published a revised guide to activities for people with dementia aimed at healthcare professionals.
Glass risk sparks alert of asthma treatmentSubscription
A drug alert has been issued over the risk of glass particles in some batches of an asthma treatment.
There are currently around 400,000 people in England who have survived cancer between ten and 20 years after diagnosis, according to new research.
Cornwall to get Admiral nurses for first timeSubscription
Admiral Nurses are to be introduced in Cornwall for the first time, it has been announced.
#NTtwitchat live debate: do nurses need to take more individual responsibility for patient safety?VideoSubscription
Missed our #NTtwitchat on patient safety? Read highlights from the chat here
The head of the NHS in England is facing renewed calls to quit over the use of pay-offs to prevent “whistleblowers” speaking out publicly about concerns over patient safety.
Advising patients who have had a myocardial infarction to eat diets rich in oily fish may have only a limited impact on reducing their risk of a future cardiovascular event, according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
Taking a short 15-minute walk after meals could help older people to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, new research suggests.
Doctors in England and Wales have seen a four-fold increase in the number of children and teenagers admitted to hospital for conditions linked to obesity.
Determined and dedicatedSubscription
Lori Manning won several awards while still a student, despite thinking she would never be able to become a nurse
Call for ban on maternity ward sales repsSubscription
Mumsnet has called for a ban on the practice of allowing sales reps onto NHS maternity wards to target new mothers.
MP accuses NHS chief over use of gagging ordersSubscription
Hospitals have spent £2m on more than 50 gagging orders preventing staff speaking out, a Freedom of Information Act request has revealed.
Nurses should note the possibility of patients presenting with bone fractures having suffered violence at the hands of a partner, research has suggested.
All hospital patients aged over 65 should be considered to be at high risk of falling and have an appropriate care plan drawn up, according to guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
Health care professionals have been issued with new NICE guidelines concerning the treatment of patients who have a disability caused by stroke.
A network supporting nurses use social media and a major Midlands acute trust have become the latest trusts to back our Speak Out Safely campaign.
Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust has announced it is to invest of over £3m to increase its nurse staffing levels and introduce wholly supervisory ward sisters and charge nurses across all its acute inpatient wards.
60 seconds with...Opal Greyson, hepatitis C specialist nurse at Bedford Hospital and Luton and Dunstable HospitalSubscription
We talk to Opal Greyson, hepatitis C specialist nurse at Bedford Hospital and Luton and Dunstable Hospital, who has been a nurse for 17 years.
An expert diabetes nurse in Norfolk has taken on a new role to help diagnose patients with a rare form of diabetes.
Vitamin D 'linked to hypertension'Subscription
Low levels of vitamin D can trigger high blood pressure, a study has shown.
Best and worst nursing courses revealedSubscription
The best and worst nursing courses in the UK have been revealed in a new league table of higher education providers.
NICE urges more info on pros and cons of C-section Subscription
Healthcare workers have been urged to alert pregnant women to the pros and cons of elective caesarean sections, officials said.
Breast cancer screening programmes have yet to show a reduction in the number of women who die from the disease, researchers said.
Bullying and coercion are seen as ways of getting things done, says David Drew
'Let’s shout about the complexity of nursing'Subscription
Will people ever really understand what nursing actually is and that it’s a lot more complex than wandering around, asking if someone wants a cup of tea or their pillows plumped?
Hundreds of Mid Staffs deaths examined by policeSubscription
A review of deaths at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust by Staffordshire Police has identified 200-300 cases in which alleged neglect may have contributed to the death.
Frontline nurses and healthcare professionals should have more responsibility for ensuring the services they provide are safe, the new national director for patient safety has told Nursing Times.
Liz Redfern appointed deputy CNOSubscription
A former strategic health authority chief nurse has been appointed as deputy to the chief nursing officer Jane Cummings.
Charity warns on smear test uptakeSubscription
Uptake of smear tests in women aged 60 to 64 is at a 15 year low, a charity has warned.
Regular blood donors down by 23%Subscription
The number of regular blood donors has fallen by almost a quarter in the last decade, health officials said.
Safety review for diabetes drugSubscription
Medical experts are reviewing the safety of a widely used drug to treat diabetes after experts linked it to pancreatic cancer.
“Roll out the reindeer and berries for Nordic health fix,” The Daily Telegraph tells us, reporting that a Scandinavian diet can lower cholesterol and may reduce the risk of heart disease.
While structured education is helpful in enabling people with diabetes to self-care, many use the internet to find more general information
Interactions between drugs and grapefruitSubscription
Interactions can occur between grapefruit and certain drugs. Nurses must ensure patients have appropriate advice and report any suspected interactions
Getting the measure of the patient experience Subscription
Measuring the experiences of patients cared for on a colorectal ER pathway and how the results will be used to shape services in the future
Good observation skills are essential to aid postoperative recovery. These skills help to reduce the risk of complications and ease the discharge process
Despite advances in modern medicine, including vaccines, antibiotics and acute care, sepsis affects millions of patients worldwide each year