Issue : 25 September 2013
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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.
Bravery award winner qualifies as nurseSubscription
A former nursery worker who protected children during a high-profile attack in 1996 has completed a nursing course and now hopes to become a health visitor.
Lisa Rodrigues, chief executive of the Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust, has announced that she plans to retire next year.
Professor supports Scotland's single room hospitals Subscription
A retired professor has backed the Scottish government’s decision that all new hospitals should only have single rooms to offer privacy and reduce acquired infections on site.
Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids may not protect against cognitive decline among older people as previously hoped, new research has suggested.
People who delay going to their GP face needing stronger treatments and too many rely on the internet for information, experts have warned.
Graduate wins award for excellence on placementSubscription
A newly-qualified nurse has won an award after impressing staff during her nursing placements at Charing Cross Hospital.
Cross-cultural palliative careSubscription
Professor Barbara Jack’s passion for research took her to Africa to teach people about good end-of-life care
Stop the PressureSubscription
After seeing first-hand the pain and misery pressure ulcers can cause, student nurse Charlotte stepped up and did something about it
The big question: is the government right to focus on nurses' compassion to address NHS failings?Subscription
Academic Dr Anna Smajdor has said that it is wrong to blame care failings in the NHS on a lack of compassion by nursing staff towards their patients.
For several years now I have become increasingly dismayed about what has happened to our profession and the NHS.
Newborn babies with hypoglycaemia should be treated with dextrose gel, according to new research published in The Lancet .
Severe sepsis 'must be recognised'Subscription
The scale and severity of sepsis is being highlighted in a new campaign lead by a group of health organisations.
Hospitals 'fail to meet post mortem standards'Subscription
Many hospitals fail to meet recommended standards when obtaining consent for post mortem examinations, a new study suggests.
Men with type 1 diabetes appear to be better at blood glucose control than women, suggests a large European study.
Great Western Hospitals Foundation Trust has appointed more than 50 nurses from abroad, as part of a recuitment drive to fill vacancies.
Nurses should not get a basic rise in pay next April, according to the NHS Employers organisation, which is claiming a 1% rise would cost £500m.
60 seconds with...Jennie Fecitt, senior sister/emergency nurse practitioner in ManchesterSubscription
Jennie Fecitt, senior sister/emergency nurse practitioner in Manchester, who has been a nurse for 25 years
Action must be taken to improve standards of infection control, cleanliness and hygiene at Glasgow’s Victoria Infirmary, according to hospital inspectors.
Nurses are bracing themselves for unannounced inspections in three leading hospitals in north Wales.
Child heart defects pose 'infection risk'Subscription
Bacterial infection of the lining and valves of the heart is more likely among children with particular defects of the organ, research suggests.
New Herceptin jab will ‘cut treatment time’Subscription
A trastuzumab (Herceptin) injection for breast cancer patients could save the NHS millions and vastly reduce the length of treatment time.
Human growth hormone delivery device launchedSubscription
A new device that promises to significantly ease the administration of human growth hormones (HGH) has been launched in the UK.
A lack of compassion is not what is at the root of care failings in the NHS. At long last, someone is saying “evil” nurses aren’t to blame for everything that goes wrong.
Are you working with patients with dementia? Joni’s “Dementia Matters” card helps healthcare professionals improve the care they provide
The number of NHS foundation trusts (FTs) failing to meet the target of seeing patients within four hours of arriving at A&E units has doubled in the last year.