Issue : 21 April 2009
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Senior nurses have criticised the government for its “insufficient” response to the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery.
I recently spent a few days in America and felt it appropriate to report back. First, I can confirm that you can buy a dozen Dunkin’ Donuts for less money than eight mushrooms or even three courgettes, which are not called courgettes in America but rather ‘zucchini’, which I think is Apache for ‘strange food without icing or jam’.
Alastair Henderson on the need to anticipate change
Using palliative nursing skills in practice involves multiprofessional working, leadership, organisation and care planning
Making effective use of predicted discharge dates to reduce the length of stay in hospitalSubscription
This article describes an initiative to reduce length of stay on an orthopaedic ward by focusing on predicted discharge dates. Download a print-friendly PDF file of this article here
An outline of sympathomimetic drugs, the different types and how they are used in certain groups of patients in clinical practice
The King’s Fund Point of Care programme explores the barriers to providing compassionate care in hospital and how nurses can enable such care.
Can you measure compassion?Subscription
Compassion is often held up as a basic tenet of nursing. But a perceived lack of this quality in the modern profession has sparked new efforts to ensure nurses embrace it as a core value. Helen Mooney investigates current developments in the compassion debate
Nurses are not being given sufficient training in assessing and caring for patients with continence problems, suggest findings from a Nursing Times survey.
Nurses feature in NHS leadership councilSubscription
Three nursing representatives will add their expertise to a new government body intended to develop leadership skills in the NHS.