Issue : 25 September 2013
View all stories from this issue.
I have just received some bad news. Three years after being dismissed by my NHS trust for “gross misconduct and insubordination”, my appeal against dismissal at the tribunal has failed.
Hand hygiene – when and how should it be done?Subscription
Changing hand hygiene practice among healthcare staff requires a multifaceted approach focusing on how and when hands should be cleaned
Promoting hand hygiene in clinical practiceSubscription
Nurses are well placed to promote good hand hygiene techniques in practice and should use this to influence culture change in their organisations
Improving adherence to hand hygiene practiceSubscription
Approaches to educate health professionals on hand hygiene practice must take into account “human factors” to ensure long-term adherence
Probiotics in antibiotic-associated diarrhoea Subscription
Antibiotic therapy may cause diarrhoea. Robust evidence is needed to establish the effectiveness of probiotic use in preventing or treating antibiotic-associated diarrhoea
Influenza immunisation for healthy childrenSubscription
The flu vaccine programme aims to avert cases of the disease in children and reduce the public health impact of flu
Compliance with hand hygiene in healthcare presents an ongoing challenge. Without it, microbes have an opportunity to spread, carrying the risk of patient harm, which can be fatal. Hand hygiene action, at the right time, can quite simply save a life.
Throughout my training, I was continually asked by patients and families “who is who?”
The rising cost of utility bills is the biggest source of financial concern facing nurses, our survey suggests, with one in five respondents citing this as the main reason for money worries.
More than half of nurses who answered our survey said they intended to have the influenza vaccine this year.
A new survey of GP in Scotland fails to reflect the positive impact that nurses can have in providing out of hours services, according to the Royal College of Nursing.
Survey: Nurses back ward mobile bansSubscription
The majority of nurses believe that hospital nurses should be banned from using their own mobile phone and similar devices on the wards, despite the explosion in the availability and functions of smartphones.
I was unprepared for my medical placement, but by the end I realised I’d found my specialty
More people living with MS, according to studySubscription
A growing number of people in the UK are living with multiple sclerosis (MS), despite decreases in those being newly diagnosed with the condition, a study has found.
MMR uptake at its highest levelsSubscription
The proportion of babies and toddlers having their first dose of the MMR jab is at its highest level since the vaccine was first introduced, figures show.
The decline in the size of the district nursing workforce must be halted urgently in order for community services to develop, the head of the Queen’s Nursing Institute has warned.
There is no evidence that a jab used to protect girls against cervical cancer causes chronic fatigue syndrome, a regulator has said.
Why is catheter-related urinary tract infection a persistent problem?
Recognise how to lead valiantlySubscription
Knowing when to take a thoughtful pause is essential to effective leadership
A warning notice has been issued to Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation Trust after a highly critical inspection report found “abysmal” staffing levels.