Issue : 13 November 2007
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‘There is a gulf between heath and social care’Subscription
Some older people have a great time. Take Des O’Connor for example. If he’s not on a sunbed, he’s hosting Countdown or murdering Frank Sinatra songs. Say what you like about Des – he’s happy.
Let infection nurses do their real jobsSubscription
DAMNING evidence of the pressure infection control nurses are under comes this week in reports from the Wales Audit Office and the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (p5). Some nurses were responsible for almost 500 beds each – the average was 332 – while US research suggests this should be 250 at most. Both reports said specialist staff were doing their own administration.
ESSENCE of Care has been a success with nurses. Launched in 2001, these practical tools emphasised getting the basics right, allowing nurses to take a structured, patient-focused approach to sharing and comparing practice. But their success depended on their ease of use and their focus on nursing practice. It is worrying, then, that the latest benchmark on the ‘care environment’ is so large and so wide-ranging (p9).
Views from the forum on performing terminationsSubscription
Views from the forum on performing terminations
Your Views: Are the government’s newly proposed career pathways for nurses a marked improvement on the current system?Subscription
Are the government’s newly proposed career pathways for nurses a marked improvement on the current system?
A GP asks you, a community or practice nurse, to make a home visit to see a child who is reported to have a temperature and is vomiting. Do you agree and, if so, what do you need to be aware of?
IS IT just me who is becoming more and more annoyed at job interviews when people turn up without having done any research into the job?
WE’VE ALL seen them. We’ve probably all been one at some point. Binge drinkers – those who regularly consume more than the recommended level of alcohol.
More time for catheter responsesSubscription
THE DEPARTMENT of Health has extended its deadline for views on cost-cutting proposals that threaten the provision of specialist catheter equipment to 28 December.