Issue : 16 November 2016
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After initially retiring from nursing, Maureen was surprised to find that working in a care home reenergised her passion for the profession
Medication errors remain fairly common in nursing homes but they appear to result in “surprisingly” low rates of serious impacts affecting residents, according to Australian researchers.
In Chester Court care home, entertainment is never an afterthought. Care assistant, Janet, tells us how she uses music to help residents express themselves and reach their potential socially.
The government has reiterated its commitment to selling a majority stake in NHS Professionals, the health service’s in-house staffing bank, so that it can “deliver improved services to even more NHS trusts”.
Ministers have announced their intention to establish a new body to oversee strategic workforce planning, workforce design and education commissioning for NHS Wales.
Health visitors and school nurses have urged politicians to realise the “serious” risk to nurse jobs posed by cuts to public health budgets in England, and underlined the need for national minimum staffing standards in the community.
Nursing associates will be trained to administer drugs “within the confines of local employer policies”, it has been confirmed as the final version of the curriculum for those in the new role was published today – marking a change from a leaked version of the document that was heavily criticised.
Around 80% of hospice care for adults is provided in a range of community settings, with less than a fifth delivered in hospice inpatient units, according to new data analysis.
Taking omega-3 supplements could improve muscle function in older women, potentially preventing unnecessary falls and loss of independence, according to UK researchers.
Workforce costs in a region in the South of England will be cut by more than £30m through changes to the nursing skill mix, including greater use of “generic support workers”, according to a newly published sustainability and transformation plan (STP) document.
The Council of Deans of Health has announced the election of Professor Brian Webster-Henderson as its chair-elect.
Nurses in Scotland will be able to apply for a “commemorative scholarship” to help improve patient care in the wake of a high profile infection control breakdown that occurred nearly a decade ago.
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National guidance on the care of healthy women and their babies during childbirth has now been updated in favour of more midwife-led provision.
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A pioneer in the field of children’s health has been named the 2016 “nurse of the year” for Wales by the Royal College of Nursing.
Nursing staff shortages in care homes could get worse in the wake of Brexit adding to a looming “crisis” in the sector, a former minister has warned.
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A purpose-built unit to provide highly specialist, in-patient support for adults with an autism spectrum disorder is to open later this month.
Nursing staff should be advised by trusts not to extract insulin from the pen devices or cartridges commonly-used by patients with diabetes, due to the risk of “harm and death”.