Issue : 24 February 2016
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For people living with cancer, the booklet looks at how cancer and its treatments can affect your ability to work.
“Major insight into killer pancreatic cancer,” BBC News reports, after research into pancreatic cancer identified four distinct subtypes.
“‘Vaginal seeding’ of babies born by C-section could pose infection risk,” The Guardian reports.
“Desperate to lose weight?” asks the Mail Online. “Eat almonds! Handful a day ‘wards off hunger and replaces empty calories from junk food’,” it says, without any justification.
Virgin Care has adopted a pioneering new scanner for pressure ulcer prevention, after a significant reduction in ulcers was seen during a pilot scheme using the technology.
A new five-day training course for nurses working in care homes helped save an estimated £72,000 from reduced hospital admissions, according to those behind the pilot scheme.
North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has appointed Maurya Cushlow as interim executive director of nursing and midwifery.
Pauline Cafferkey, the Scottish nurse who originally caught the ebola virus in 2014, has been discharged following treatment in connection with the disease for a third time.
A UK hospital trust is taking steps towards becoming the only organisation in the country with accreditation for nursing excellence from an international scheme founded in the US.
“Air pollution is contributing to about 40,000 early deaths a year in the UK,” BBC News reports.
“Men who talk on their mobile phones for an hour a day ‘are twice as likely to have low sperm quality’,” the Daily Mail reports.
“A new blood test could help diagnose people with inherited heart conditions,” BBC News reports.
Nurses needed for disabled children’s dream tripSubscription
Nurses are being targeted by a charity in the hope that they can attract the required number of volunteers needed to deliver a dream holiday to Florida for a group of 25 disabled children.
Your must-read guide to what’s happening in nursing this week
Maternity expert to help Morecambe Bay improveSubscription
An experienced midwife is to join University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust as part of continuing efforts to improve its maternity services.
Practice nurses and GPs should no longer recommend steam inhalation as a remedy for children with colds, because of the risk of burns, according to a UK study.
Asthma is wildly over-diagnosed in primary care, suggests a study by Dutch researchers.
New evidence on antibiotic prescribing trends has been revealed by UK researchers, including that “clinical uncertainty” is often a factor in deciding to issue a script.
On the face of it, Christmas arrived early for those using and working in the increasingly beleaguered world of mental health. Not to mention a few birthdays, Hogmanays, Bar Mitzvahs and baby showers.
Older people are increasingly using antidepressants after the death of a partner, according to UK researchers.
‘It is time to be selfish and take care of me’
Computers and nursing didn't always mixSubscription
Some 35 years ago I wrote an article called ‘Computers in Nursing’, which was published in a national nursing journal. The aim of this article was to familiarise nurses with what computers were and how they worked.
“Facebook has a similar effect on your brain as cocaine,” the Daily Mail reports.
Trusts under pressure to make greater efforts to reduce deficits have indicated they will not be limiting nurse staffing numbers, despite suggestions of “headcount reduction” by regulators.
These are difficult times for the NHS.
Review of community palliative care in SomersetSubscription
A review is underway on how end of life care services can be improved in the community across Somerset.
An acute trust in the West Country has launched an innovative recruitment scheme aimed at overseas nurses already in the UK, but currently working in non-registered jobs.
Barchester provides quality care for its residents while giving nurses countless opportunities to develop their clinical skills
A senior NHS manager has praised the standard of care she has seen since returning to her nursing roots by doing regular bank shifts.
Championing Women Leaders. Beyond SponsorshipSubscription
‘It is relevant to those already in senior positions and of course to those who are aspiring to progress their leadership careers. I thoroughly recommend this book.’
“Brazilian study boosts theory that Zika causes birth defect,” The Guardian reports.
Failure to have an adequate nurse workforce plan for the NHS over the past 10 years is one of the major reasons for current escalating deficits among trusts in England, MPs have been told.
A new treatment has been approved for NHS use for treating hypercholesterolaemia, meaning access should be made available to treat eligible patients.
Specialist nurses are facing a surge in demand for fast-acting medicines to treat chronic Hepatitis C, as the drugs become available to more people under latest guidelines for the NHS.
We talk to Debra Jackson, professor and director at Oxford Institute for Nursing and Allied Health Research
Providing life experiencesSubscription
Award-winning nurse Sue Povey thinks caring should be more than just offering services
My Wednesday started with a radio interview on an issue I thought the NHS had seen the back of, namely breaches of the rules on mixed-sex wards.
Digitise your revisionSubscription
How to digitise studying to help improve time management, productivity and allow easy access to notes, information and study hubs.
Barchester Healthcare nurses explain how they involve residents and families in the care plans of their loved ones
’Any nurse, no matter at what point they are on in their journey through the profession, will find a good reason to dip into this book at some time.
Patients who may have been treated by a former healthcare worker with hepatitis C are being contacted as a precaution in Lanarkshire and Kent.
Nurses must assert their right to use safer sharps, according to the co-author of research showing many trusts are still failing to comply with regulations to reduce the risk of needlestick injuries.
A midwife who retrospectively altered the clinical notes of a dead baby girl has claimed she was told to do so by the supervisor responsible for investigating the death, a new investigation has revealed.
Many nurses skip meals and rely on unhealthy snacks and sugar fixes to get them through long shifts, according to a new poll.
The percentage of health service staff reporting that they are working extra hours has reached a five-year high according to the latest annual survey results published on Tuesday.
The British Medical Association has announced three 48 hour strikes and plans to launch a judicial review against the government’s plan to impose a new junior doctors’ contract.
This month saw the publication of our latest research on nurse staffing levels in the BMJ Open.
Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey flown to LondonSubscription
Pauline Cafferkey has been flown to London for specialist treatment after earlier being readmitted with “late complications” of the ebola virus.
Maternity services blueprint welcomed by midwives Subscription
A national review of maternity services in England that sets out a series of recommended changes for the NHS over the next five years has been welcomed by midwives, regulators and patient charities.