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Issue : 19 February 2008

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  • The challenges of managing type 2 diabetes in primary care

    The challenges of managing type 2 diabetes in primary careSubscription

    Clinical19 February, 2008

    The challenges of managing type 2 diabetes in primary care. This is an extended version of the article published in Nursing Times; 104: 7, 32-33.

  • Communicating with patients using email and the internetSubscription

    Clinical19 February, 2008

    This article outlines the growth of internet and email usage in relation to healthcare.

  • MPs debate agency nurse rightsSubscription

    Focus19 February, 2008

    Agency nurses could gain employment rights from the first day of placements under a bill to be debated in parliament.

  • Dementia 2: Early diagnosis and initial nursing careSubscription

    Clinical19 February, 2008

    In response to concerns over provision of care for people with dementia, NICE and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) developed a national guideline on supporting patients and carers. The clinical and support issues raised below are based on the NICE/SCIE (2006a) guidance on dementia.

  • GPs reluctant to train studentsSubscription

    Focus19 February, 2008

    Some GP practices are reluctant to train nursing students because there is no financial incentive, the RCN has warned.

  • Giving students salaries ‘would stem attrition’Subscription

    Focus19 February, 2008

    Reintroducing salaries for nursing students is the only way to stem attrition rates and stop the NHS haemorrhaging £51m a year, according to Unison.

  • Skills at risk from DH post-reg planSubscription

    Focus19 February, 2008

    A new post-registration career framework proposed by the Department of Health could dilute the skills of specialist community public health nurses, warn unions.

  • Nurses fighting Aids in AfricaSubscription

    Focus19 February, 2008

    Nurses and trade unionists from Africa visited the UK last week to draw up plans to fight the Aids epidemic on the continent.

  • Patient assessment 1 - Calculation of body mass indexSubscription

    Clinical19 February, 2008

    This is part 1 of a six-part series on patient assessment procedures. It discusses the calculation and use of body mass index (BMI). This is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that is commonly used to assess nutritional status, either as a stand-alone tool or as part of a comprehensive nutritional assessment.

  • Unions polarised on graduatesSubscription

    Focus19 February, 2008

    The debate over degree-only nursing continues to split the two largest nursing unions, reveal responses to the review of pre-registration training.

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