Issue : 24 November 2009
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Community wound treatment cuts bed daysSubscription
District nurses in Merseyside have slashed hospital bed days for patients with complex wounds.
Nurse attackers go unpunishedSubscription
Assaults on NHS staff have dropped slightly but the proportion of attackers who are punished by police is still below 2 per cent and has declined.
End of life care experts are to call for all healthcare staff to receive mandatory training in how to care for patients nearing the end of their lives.
Band four assistants 'no substitute' for nurses Subscription
Advanced healthcare assistants are ‘no substitute’ for registered nurses, according to the organisation charged with ensuring the NHS workforce has a suitable skill mix.
Call for more donor transplant coordinatorsSubscription
The organ donation organisation for the UK NHS Blood and Transplant has called for more nurses to become donor transplant coordinators.
Data from a sample of 20 NHS hospitals shows medical admissions in September and October 2009 were 5 per cent higher than the same two months in 2008 – corroborating nurses’ reports that pressure on beds are growing.
Forty per cent of nurses believe their colleagues are involved in helping to meet waiting time targets by underhand means, often referred to as ‘gaming’.
Nurses feel pressured over swine flu vaccineSubscription
Half of all nurses offered the swine flu vaccine have been immunised, a Nursing Times survey indicates.
Staff shortages and high bed occupancy levels are increasing the pressure on services across the NHS to unexpected levels, a Nursing Times investigation has found.
With major advances in genetics and genomics, nurses need to develop their knowledge and understanding of the topic and know how to integrate this into practice