Opinion, analysis and debate
Give COPD patients the right to end of life careSubscription
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease affects the lives of 3.7 million people in the UK. It is predicted to be the third biggest cause of death by 2020, with around 30,000 people dying from the disease every year.
With the development of the national COPD strategy more spirometry is likely to be undertaken in primary care, but are nurses competent to carry it out, asks Monica Fletcher
Sunburn, obesity, smoker’s cough - are patients a bit thick or have public health campaigns failed miserably?
As I’m sure you’re aware, Beyond the Bedpan loves nothing more than to look down our nose at people. We’re naturally suspicious. So the recommendation that nurses and midwives give breath tests to pregnant women to check if they’re lying about smoking seems highly sensible to us.
The recognition and diagnosis of dying is always complex, irrespective of previous diagnosis or history, and uncertainty is an integral part of dying.
So, you think swimming with sharks is stressful?Subscription
“Dad, do you think it would be stressful if you were singing on Somewhere Over The Rainbow?” My distracted 9 year old asked me.
Compassion is no harder to measure than rainSubscription
I know her name but it might not be appropriate to write it. She is a charge nurse on a medical ward in the south of England.
As the election gathers pace, nurses need to consider inpatients’ voting rights and remember that they may need support to participate, say Neal Hudson and colleagues
The COPD strategy offers a huge opportunity to transform patient care, but how will nurses deliver this agenda if they are not trained and educated to do so, asks Monica Fletcher
Janelle York, lecturer and researcher in nursing, looks at using the Nintendo Wii as a form of for pulmonary rehabilitation.