Issue : 13 July 2010
View all stories from this issue.
Nursing staff inspired to assess lifestylesSubscription
A pioneering service aimed at improving the lifestyles of hospital patients has inspired nursing staff to do the same.
Midwifery leaders have welcomed government moves away from the centralisation of maternity units into large “baby factories”.
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.
More than half the measures chosen by hospital trusts to demonstrate their quality of care are nursing indicators, analysis by Nursing Times shows.
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.
Palliative care funding to be reviewedSubscription
An independent review of palliative care funding must look at accountability to ensure money is passed on to hospices, as well as bringing an end to the postcode lottery in resourcing, according to end of life care charities.
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
Although nurses commonly deal with death, no standardised training in last offices is available. Jo Wilson and colleagues explain why nationally endorsed guidance is urgently needed
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
Malnutrition is often unrecognised and its consequences can be devastating. Ensuring patients receive adequate nutrition and hydration is fundamental.
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
What are the differences in nurse practitioner training and scope of practice in the US and UK?Subscription
Lessons learnt in preparation and practice in the US could be used to develop the nurse practitioner role in the UK, maximising the potential of the profession
How many of us have been on courses, completed projects and assignments or undertaken professional development then implemented some or part of it into our work area? If we are honest, even if we have, not many of us can say we’ve done it every time.
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.
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.
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.
NMC restructure boosts nurse educationSubscription
The structure of the Nursing and Midwifery Council has been overhauled with new departments, new directors, and an assistant director responsible specifically for midwives and health visitors, who will sit on the organisation’s new board.
Show 10 per page20 per page