Issue : 13 July 2010
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10,000 jobs threatened, says RCNSubscription
The RCN has said the NHS has identified 10,000 frontline jobs that will go in order to make financial savings.
24/7 palliative care nursing still patchySubscription
Round the clock community nursing support for end of life care patients remains available in only half of primary care trusts in England, a charity has claimed.
Nurses are ideally placed to perform last offices for patients who are deceased and care for their bereaved relatives. Cultural awareness and sensitivity is vital
Health minister Anne Milton has urged nurses to play an active part in efforts to boost donation rates, which are still failing to keep up with demand.
Children aspire to be nurses, not bankersSubscription
According to a recent survey, which asked young children what they want to be when they grow up, it found they aspire to be teachers, vets or footballers. Some aspire to be firefighters, others pop stars. Nursing came eighth on the list just ahead of archaeologist and dancer.
Embracing the opportunity to make sustainable improvements to nutritional care in all settingsSubscription
Undernourishment has a wide range of effects on health. The Health and Social Care Act means patients must be protected from the risks of inadequate nutrition
Commode spillages can contaminate the hospital environment and compromise patient dignity. A team had equipment designs modified to address these issues
People should be able to die in the place of their choice. New guidance gives practical advice on how to ensure patients’ preferred priorities are achieved
IT system to check nurses' observation practiceSubscription
A hospital trust in Birmingham is to use an IT system to identify where nurses are not carrying out patient observations properly.
Midwives are more likely to be involved in clinical negligence cases than frontline staff working in other areas, the latest NHS research suggests.