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.
Children’s consultant nurse wins top Welsh RCN award Subscription
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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’Students from the various healthcare professions should find this book of interest and it will certainly provoke self-reflection and a need to research further information.
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”.
A nurse-led scheme to give frontline NHS staff in Gloucestershire the “power to improve services” has been formally accredited after three years of work.
Heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes may combine in patients to worsen thinking skills, according to UK researchers.
Potential readers would be parents/guardians/carers with your adolescent children
Plans to “axe up to 60” health visitors in part of the East Midlands will “hit deprived families”, a union has warned today.
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’I feel this book could only be read by those who work within the critical care environment, intensive care, accident and emergency and theatre settings.’
’This book would be a great resource for any health care practitioner caring for families of different faiths and is likely to be well-used in any children’s health care team.’
NHS Improvement’s most senior nurse has said she will intervene to back directors of nursing where they are feeling pressured to make bad decisions about staffing.
Six in 10 local authorities have cut spending on stop smoking services in the last year with many getting rid of specialist advice, according to a new report.
Diluting nursing skill mix in hospitals is “not in the public interest”, say researchers who found replacing qualified nurses with nursing assistants was linked to an increased risk of patients dying.
The four most senior nurses in England have confirmed their support for nursing associates to be regulated, in the wake of question marks over the new role and how it will be used.
Healthcare professionals need to discuss with teenagers safe ways to engage in so-called “sexting” – the sending of self-made, sexually explicit images sent via phone or computer, according to a study.
A disciplinary hearing in which a nurse has been accused of misconduct after the temperature of Pauline Cafferkey was wrongly recorded shortly before she was diagnosed with ebola has revealed a volunteer doctor will also go before a tribunal in a related case next year.
After 17 years in a secure mental health facility, Kin’s message to mental health staff serves as a powerful reminder that you should not underestimate your ability to change the lives of those you care for
Only around half of babies born in England’s hospitals last year were delivered by midwives, show the latest maternity figures.
Rosaleen Imelda Clearkin [nee Mooney] was born on 13th of November 1926 in Cabra near Lough Egish (the lake of the learned man) County Monaghan, Ireland.
Medway Maritime Hospital has launched a s six-month trial of a new pathway, involving associated practitioners, to help improve survival rates for older patients who are admitted with fractured hips.
Schools and childcare providers are being told that children with conjunctivitis do not need to see a practice nurse or a GP, as part of a bid to reduce unnecessary primary care appointments.
Campaigners in Manchester have launched a petition calling on commissioners and providers to reverse a decision to scrap the city’s long-running family nurse partnership (FNP).
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Laura’s theatre nursing placement felt overwhelming at first but she found it taught her lessons far beyond what she could learn in lectures
Deputy Chief Nurse at Public Health England, Joanne Bosanquet, explains how nurses have the exact skills and expertise needed to tackle health emergencies
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People living with cancer spend an average of £177 more a year on their heating (Source: Macmillan/YouGov, 2015–16).
A fitness to practise hearing involving a nurse who was with Pauline Cafferkey when she returned to the UK after contracting ebola in Sierra Leone is to begin on Monday.
Weekly news summary: 12 November 2016Subscription
Concerns have been raised over the forthcoming nursing associate role in England this week, with nursing leaders warning the proposals have been “rushed”, leaving insufficient time to consult on what those in the new position will be able to do and their standards of training.
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As a valued member of the care home team, Jaydee takes every opportunity to develop her skills as a HCA and improve the care she is able to offer
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Nursing Times editor, Jenni Middleton, shares advice for job seekers: