Issue : 15 February 2011
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Breast cancer is found in one in three women between regular screenings, according to a new study.
Dementia patients are spending fewer days at a London hospital after a nurse-led programme introduced brightly-coloured drinking glasses onto wards.
Student nurses in Scotland should be employed on “proper salaries” rather than given bursaries, in order to tackle course drop-out rates, Unison Scotland has said in a manifesto for public services.
Guidelines not enough to change practiceSubscription
Guidelines and conferences alone are not effective to change the practice of clinicians, according to a US doctor.
Bare elbows not infection riskSubscription
Bare below the elbow uniforms appear to have little impact on infection risk, say US researchers.
Renal patients unaware diabetes affects kidneysSubscription
The first time many patients realise diabetes can affect their kidneys is when they are referred to renal services, according to a UK multi-cultural study.
Temporary staff take most sick leaveSubscription
Workloads and sickness absence in wards employing temporary staff are greater than in units with permanent staff only, according to researchers from Nottinghamshire and Leeds.
Health minister Anne Milton has denied plans for fast-track health visitor course and more on-the -job training will dumb down the health visiting profession.
Nurses given powers to challenge CRB checksSubscription
Nurses will be able to challenge inaccurate criminal records certificates before they are shown to trusts as part of a radical shake-up of vetting systems.
EU-wide training programmes being consideredSubscription
Nursing bodies and trusts are being asked to consider whether a European-wide training curriculum for health professionals should replace national programmes, in order to encourage migration.
Kebab consumption can be cut with complimentsSubscription
In the wrong mood on a bad day I can fill my head with the irritations of modern life and the things I do not like.
Phil DaSilva leads a QIPP programme but has never lost touch with frontline nursing
Stroke drug 'could harm patients'Subscription
Stroke victims could potentially be harmed by a drug used to lower blood pressure in the aftermath of an attack, research suggests.
One of England’s most senior GP commissioning directors is calling for consortia to recognise nurses are “best placed” to move care out of hospitals.
First steps in mindfulness skillsSubscription
Using the mindfulness technique can help nurses support patients with both physical and mental health problems
It is usually said that the normal adult temperature is around 37oC, but in reality there is no single body temperature.
Hand hygiene: product preference and complianceSubscription
A study revealed how specific hand hygiene products can boost patients’ handwashing
The staple removers I’ve just used are cheap and nasty but they cost a lot. They have travelled almost 4,000 miles.
How to provide effective oral careSubscription
Oral hygiene is crucial for patients’ health, and a fundamental nursing responsibility
NHS Direct offers services to GPsSubscription
NHS Direct could start booking GP appointments after starting talks with Surrey based consortium EsyDoc.
Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has failed to address safety and quality concerns raised 10 months ago, according to a Care Quality Commission report.