Issue : 25 May 2010
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One in four nurses administer drugs to patients without knowing the possible contraindications and side effects, Nursing Times’ survey has revealed.
Buried deep beneath the “new politics” love-in last week was a story about the Church of England employing a vicar to support and counsel traumatised BBC staff who are being forced to move to Salford to keep their jobs.
Almost one million more patients attended A&E, minor injury units and walk in centres last year than the year before.
Nurses told to improve communication skillsSubscription
Nurses are being told to take a “long hard look” at how they communicate after a national survey found many patients felt nurses spoke over them and gave conflicting advice.
Nurses to replace doctors in police stationsSubscription
A shake up of how healthcare is provided to prisoners in police stations will see nurses replace doctors.
Fearful staff quiet over drug errorsSubscription
Nurse fear of being disciplined for making a drug error could be putting patients at risk of harm, a Nursing Times survey has found.
New guidance for doctors on end of life care should lead to nurses having more confidence in delivering care and treatment to dying patients, say nursing leaders.
Priority for drug safety 'needed'Subscription
Directors of nursing should give medicines management the same priority as infection prevention and control to help reduce drug errors, Nursing Times has been told.
Nursing vacancies drop by a thirdSubscription
Nursing vacancies have plummeted by nearly a third since last summer, figures collated by Nursing Times reveal.
As the many demands on nurses continue to increase, Nigel Jopson urges us to remember that it is often the small things that make a huge difference to patients