Issue : 15 July 2008
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Simple painkillers could be used to treat agitation, a common symptom of dementia, instead of “chemical cosh” antipsychotic drugs, a study has found.
When Agenda for Change was introduced four years ago, there was relief that the issue of low nurse pay was finally being tackled but the real plaudits came for the accompanying Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF), which was supposed to provide the means to help nurses to develop their careers.
‘We expect the NHS to make everything alright’Subscription
Ok, let's pretend we’re on Gardeners’ World for a minute: does anyone know how to get rid of bindweed? We are finally winning the battle against slugs. We tried harsh words but I don’t know if slugs have ears.
The proposed Care Quality Commission may have sharper teeth than the existing watchdog but will it improve care for mental health patients, asks Andy Young
Becoming a mentor?Subscription
I feel the students on our ward get a raw deal. No one seems to have time for them and they do not appear to be learning anything. I would like to help but don’t know where to start. What approach should I take?
Great nurses have the courage to speak upSubscription
Recently I read that every student should develop their own vision of nursing. Not just what the books or lecturers say but what it means to us personally, how it could enable us to fulfil our potential, and what distinctive contribution we could make with the talents we have.
‘Health promotion is a complete waste of time’Subscription
The Government's recent attempt to tackle the horrifying rise in knife crime among the young was to release supposedly shocking images of victims’ wounds.
What lies ahead for community nurses?Subscription
The government's major shake-up of the NHS, published earlier this month, included Our Vision for Primary and Community Care, a stand-alone document outlining junior health minister Lord Ara Darzi’s plans for the expansion of non-acute services (NT News, 8 July, p3).
UK study targets childhood strokeSubscription
The first UK study to systematically investigate childhood stroke has been launched by researchers from Bristol University.
Manchester mental health chief executive resignsSubscription
The Chief executive of a mental health trust at the centre of a row over nursing cuts last year has stepped down.