Issue : 16 February 2010
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The lived experience of younger women with vulval cancer: the impact of delayed diagnosisSubscription
More young women are being affected by vulval cancer but lack of knowledge about the symptoms of the condition can lead to significant delays in referral
How a central venous catheter surveillance tool was developed for use with all ethnic groups Subscription
Central venous catheters are a common cause of healthcare associated infections. A nurse team devised surveillance that enables staff to identify infections in patients of any skin colour
Only those registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council should be allowed to call themselves nurses according to draft recommendations from the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery seen by Nursing Times.
As well as the introduction of a nursing pledge, the protection of the title nurse and the strengthening of the sister role, the commission recommends the following:
Hampshire hospital 'on fire'Subscription
Staff at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital were put to the test last week during a fire and evacuation exercise.
Nurses will assess services, develop measures to root our poor care and be supported to develop leadership skills under a vision set out by the Care Quality Commission.
A pioneering tool to help prevent falls in older patients is being piloted at London’s Imperial College Healthcare Trust.
Pledge to restore public trust in nursingSubscription
The Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery will ask all nurses to make a pledge underlining their commitment to high quality care, their engagement with health service improvement and their professional accountability.
“Immediate steps” must be taken to strengthen and recognise the “linchpin” role of ward sisters and charge nurses, the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery recommends.
The nursing profession must move to a position where it can select the highest calibre graduates, the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery is expected to say.