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  • Volunteers who help out at mealtimes can improve patients nutritional intake

    Benefit of using volunteers for mealtime assistanceSubscription

    16 March, 2015

    With poor nutrition all too common, the involvement of mealtime volunteers on a ward caring for older people has led to positive outcomes for patients, staff and volunteers

  • How effective is Productive Ward?

    How effective is Productive Ward?Subscription

    9 March, 2015

    The Productive Ward initiative celebrates its 10th birthday this year, and a growing body of literature reveals its benefits to patients and staff

  • Applying the correct procedures when caring for wounds is key to reducing HCAIs

    Standardising aseptic technique to avoid HCAIsSubscription

    9 March, 2015

    Standardised training of aseptic technique has improved nurses’ ability to prevent healthcare-associated infections and led to better awareness in one hospital

  • One idea involved detailing named nurses on a whiteboard to help patients and carers

    "Just Do It": nurse-led change in NottinghamSubscription

    9 March, 2015

    Nottingham University Hospitals Trust has created a quality-improvement scheme that gives nurses the opportunity to have their ideas put into practice with minimal delay

  • 'Make a change - even small things can have a huge effect'

    Comment: 'Make a change - even small things can have a huge effect'

    9 March, 2015

    NHS Change Day is about staff making small changes without asking permission. It has captured the imagination of nurses around her, says Kate Pound

  • Student nurse feedback can help ensure clinical placements meet students' needs

    Encouraging student feedback on placementsSubscription

    2 March, 2015

    After eliciting students’ views on what makes a good practice placement, one trust is now working to make sure students feel able to raise concerns

  • Chest drains are used to release trapped air

    Setting up a nurse-led chest drain clinicSubscription

    23 February, 2015

    Patients with ambulatory chest drains can be discharged home early if supported by review at a nurse-led clinic, patient information and a 24-hour helpline

  • Using simulation to aid students’ documentation

    Using simulation to aid students’ documentationSubscription

    16 February, 2015

    Student nurses must recognise the need to accurately complete patient documents and can learn from their mistakes through simulation and formative feedback

  • A model to support staff in raising their concerns

    A model to support staff in raising their concernsSubscription

    16 February, 2015

    Raising concerns is an essential part of improving practice, as the Francis Freedom to Speak Up review indicated last week. Escal8 sets out steps to deal with these issues

  • Some nurses think 12-hour shifts are too long for them to always work at their best

    The 12-hour shift: friend or foe?Subscription

    30 January, 2015

    Working 12-hour shifts can benefit staff and healthcare organisations but the risks and potential adverse outcomes must be carefully considered and mitigated against