Issue : 22 April 2008
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Using teamwork to fight infectionSubscription
Two teams’ joint working led to infection rates in renal dialysis patients plummeting 90%. Victoria Hoban talks to the nurses who won an NT Award for infection control
Is learning disability nursing undervalued?Subscription
People with learning disabilities, and their nurses, are still being devalued by society and healthcare providers, according to a number of recent inquiries. Lisa Hitchen reports
So enough about politics, professionalism and the underpinning ethical struggle for the health service: let’s get back to talking about my knee. You’ll remember, of course, that I’m a brave soldier but I had to have an MRI scan anyway.
E-learning is wrong for mental health rolesSubscription
Over the years it has become common to see nurses take on the roles and responsibilities of other professionals.
‘Patient opinion matters’Subscription
Health services deal with people and their problems – patients, relatives, staff, politicians and media representatives.
How should nurses respond in the workplace if a patient asks them if the woman occupying the bed opposite has died?Subscription
When asked to divulge information about another patient, our response is usually: ‘I can’t discuss it.’ In this situation, however, there are no right and wrong answers nor is there a formula that can be applied in every case. What is required is a caring, ethically sound response.
Personal experiences can enhance skillsSubscription
Does caring for desperately sick parents at home make you a better practitioner on the wards? If so, I might have expected to become a first-rate nurse in the space of a few months.
Don’t tell anyone but I want to talk about confidentiality. It all started with an episode of Holby City. Yes, I know I need to get out more but there’s something about it I find very hard to resist.
Analysis - Do health visitors have a future?Subscription
Health visiting in England could be key in the shift to more preventative care but there are serious concerns the role is to be phased out.Louise Tweddell reports
Program spots side-effects quicklySubscription
Practice nurses have welcomed a time-saving computer program that could help determine whether a patient’s reported symptoms are caused by drug side-effects.