Issue : 20 January 2009
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Football, music, and when a cold is a fluSubscription
So I’m chatting to someone I don’t know about music. It’s what we men do if football or the weather is not available and we are forced to talk, although I have on occasion started conversations with both ‘That’s a nice shirt’ and ‘Is your life going in a way that you might have hoped 10 years ago?’, only to realise that the other bloke thought I wanted to marry him.
There’s no escaping the fact that recruitment for nursing posts is an employers’ market. While some student nurse candidates make it to the interview, others with equal qualifications do not get that far. That’s why, like most third-year students, I look forward to job-seeking with a sense of trepidation.
A nurse is aware that the ward statistics are not being correctly reported to the management. She knows that this is because the ward would benefit financially from the inaccuracies. Should she take any action and if so what?
'Veterans’ mental health is being neglected'Subscription
The terrors of war are never far from the headlines and with UK troops set to return from Iraq by July, treating post-traumatic stress disorder could be a growing part of the work of healthcare professionals.
In 2008 we all blew out the candles on the NHS 60th birthday cake but in 2009 we have to close our eyes, make a wish and cut this cake into ever-thinning slices.
Is there a problem with the image of nursing? More than a third of senior nurses who attended the Nursing Times Summit last week believe that the profession has lost public support - something that was unthinkable just a few years ago.
This study explores whether recognising nurses’ learning styles could help to integrate theory and practice.
This article outlines evidence on pain management in older people with hip fracture
The NMC last week launched a consultation on a new code of conduct for nursing and midwifery students.
Infection control nurses back ten-point guide highlighting rapid isolation to cut C. diff ratesSubscription
Infection control nurses have backed latest Department of Health guidelines on the management of C. diff in hospitals.
Nurses from BME groups do not appear to be applying for a programme to develop the skills and confidence to cope with senior level positions
A nurse-led fracture liaison service has significantly improved the care of patients with osteoporosis at a south east London trust.
Nursing award for patient passport scheme that gives info about patients with learning disabilitiesSubscription
A scheme that gives hospital staff vital information about patients with learning disabilities has won a £2,000 Foundation of Nursing Award.
Nurse-led telephone follow-up after cancer treatment is preferred by patients to traditional outpatient services, a UK study suggests.
NHS Constitution ‘will inspire’ nursesSubscription
Nurses will be able to judge their own performance, as well as that of their colleagues and employers, against an NHS Constitution published this week, according to health minister Ann Keen.
Creating a ‘new culture of leadership’Subscription
Clare Chapman is charged with overseeing the NHS nursing workforce. She tells Steve Ford about developments in nurse leadership, education and why the economic downturn could be good for the profession
Government acts to fix nurse education failuresSubscription
The best nursing courses will be commissioned and poor ones could see their funding withdrawn, under latest government plans to tackle the failures in nurse education.
This article describes how a new therapeutic approach improved treatment of borderline personality disorder
Should a suppository be inserted with the blunt end or the pointed end first, or does it not matter?Subscription
Nursing practice often involves undertaking procedures about which there is debate or uncertainty. In Practice Questions we ask experts to determine how nurses should approach these procedures. This week: Should a suppository be inserted with the blunt end or the pointed end first, or does it not matter?
The management of non-cognitive symptoms and challenging behaviour in people with dementia
Manual handling 3 - sliding a patientSubscription
The procedure for sliding a patient from bed to trolley using a transfer board
Recent guidance advises lifting the mobile phone ban in hospitals but we must consider the implications of this, says Linda Pearce