Issue : 2 September 2008
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Young women misuse the morning-after pill on a regular basis, wrongly thinking they are protected – with possible short and long-term risks, says Maria Gough
Teams benefit from newly qualified nursesSubscription
Late summer is an exciting time of year if you’re a third-year nursing student. Come August, nurse trainees are finishing their final placements and getting ready for their first post. These students are looking forward to embarking upon a nursing career and starting a new post, while their mentors are feeling proud.
Redesigning community careSubscription
Six community foundation trust pilots are under way. Simon Ellery looks at their progress and how they are helping to improve care
A couple of weeks ago, I had to call an ambulance for a close family member in the middle of the night. As a rule, I’d say I am calm and decisive under pressure but it was a very different story when I was faced with caring for someone I loved during a crisis.
This hasn’t been much of a summer, has it? It’s been grey and wet; like November but without the fireworks. There has been no need for flip-flops, no swimming in the sea and the only time we have got the lilo out was when we covered it with a blanket, put a saucer of milk on it and watched next door’s surprised-looking cat bouncing back over the garden fence. When it’s raining you make your own entertainment.
Warning over poor stocking useSubscription
Many surgical patients are at increased risk of developing deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) because they are not wearing compression stockings correctly, say US researchers.
Call to adopt spinal care bundleSubscription
Critical care nurses have been urged to adopt a best practice guide to caring for spinally injured patients.
Legal threat to Priory over sick paySubscription
The Priory Group could face legal claims over proposals to cut sick pay for nurses and support workers.
Better morale means better careSubscription
Nurse morale is a key factor in high-quality patient care, the Healthcare Commission has found.
School nurses should teach about sex educationSubscription
School nurses should be discussing sex education and relationships in primary and secondary schools as a statutory obligation, according to a cross-party group of MPs.