Opinion, analysis and debate
Influenza is seen and anticipated every year all around the world. In the UK, experts use countries like Australia as a gauge of what the season likely has in store for us, explains Pat Cattini.
Current asthma guidance - where do we stand?Subscription
Asthma treatment guidance is essential - but only if it’s not contradictory, explains Natalie Harper, the respiratory advanced nurse practitioner at Dorset County Hospital.
Fenella’s experience as both an in- and out-patient varied considerably depending on staffing levels and the number of regular staff employed
Oxygen is potentially harmful if given incorrectly. Katy Beckford stresses that it must be treated as a drug and that clinicians need to be trained in the risks associated with overdosing
Service aids prisoners with sleep apnoeaSubscription
Prison sentences deprive offenders of their liberty, but they can also deprive them of healthcare, due to the difficulty and expense of taking them out of prison for appointments
About half of deaths in patients with a tracheostomy occur as a result of displacement or dislodgement of the tube.
Being the best nurse you canSubscription
The best part of nursing is understanding the patient’s journey, says Lorraine Ozerovitch
When your patient needs care but wants company, it can be difficult to find the right balance, as community nurse Sue McCreadie found when she nursed Cherry.
The milk of human kindnessSubscription
Carol Stonham aims to emphasise kindness in every aspect of her nursing career
While most people will be taking an extended break from work, nurses around the country will be delivering care to the one in four of the population with a long-term condition.
What makes a good leader? Rebecca Sherrington found out first hand
One of the potential risks of practising in a very specialist field is the tendency to see everything through the narrow spectrum of that specialty, or even a small aspect of that specialty.
'The reality of living with home oxygen'Subscription
While many patients, relatives and even healthcare professionals view oxygen therapy as ‘harmless and helpful’, the reality is quite different.
Can a patient travel if they use oxygen?Subscription
Find out how our expert answered
I make a point to go to scientific conferences to ensure I keep in touch with the latest areas of discussion, and last week I attended my first RCN Congress.
'Those affected by mesothelioma deserve far better than what they’ve had over the past 20 years'Subscription
Mesothelioma care has come a long way in the past 20 years, explains specialist nurse Leah Taylor
'Running Breathe Easy Camden is the most satisfying thing I’ve done'VideoSubscription
Ever heard of Breathe Easy? Read on to find out how these groups help people living with lung conditions, and how you can get involved
Becoming an active member of a professional organisation may take you out of your comfort zone, but is interesting and rewarding, says Rebecca Sherrington
With reviews and reports throwing up questions about whether there exists a lack of compassion in healthcare, Emma Vincent asks if compassion truly is something that can be taught.
'Learning about respiratory disease feels too close to home, can I still succeed as a nurse?'Subscription
Can you advise this student nurse?
Respiratory nurses are integral to the care and support of those affected by lung disease. They coordinate care and can provide essential patient support from initial diagnosis to end of life - yet their role often remains unsung.
Providing new hope for people with mesotheliomaSubscription
How do provide care and guidance to patients who have no chance of a cure, and who are statistically likely to have little more than months to live?
Why are patients and healthcare professionals not as engaged with respiratory care as with other diseases?Subscription
Having been involved in the asthma deaths inquiry panel, Rebecca Sherrington questions why simple changes aren’t being made in respiratory care
Working as a prison nurse, you can make a difference to both service delivery and practice, says Nina Turner. This requires autonomous practitioners willing to challenge inequality and make change
Oxygen is one of the most commonly administered drugs in acute care, often at high doses. However, given inappropriately, it can have adverse effects and, in susceptible patients, its injudicious use causes harm - even death.
For the Department of Health’s Week of Action Rebecca Sherrington of the Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists speaks about their strategy for improving respiratory disease mortality rates
#NTtwitchat live debate: "How can non-specialist nurses help patients stop smoking?"VideoSubscription
Smoking cessation #NTtwitchat Special with Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists and The British Lung Foundation
According to a study conducted by the Royal College of Physicians, every year second-hand smoke results in more than 165,000 new episodes of disease among children, 300,000 primary care consultations, 9,500 hospital admissions and around 40 sudden infant deaths.
Do we need a national COPD screening programme?Subscription
Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists’ response to consultation
On a busy acute lung ward one morning, I was helping an older gentleman to wash and dress. He was very amicable, easy to talk to and very grateful towards the staff for the work we were all doing to look after him.
I qualified as a nurse more than 17 years ago and, as a result of that, I have seen three governments run the NHS, continuous changes and a whole host of health-service scandals that have ended in increased scrutiny and criticism by the media and by society.
Did you miss the latest #NurChat Twitter debate about organ donation? Let us sum it up for you…
In 2004, a child died after being fed through a nasogastric tube that had been misplaced in her lungs.
We talk to Kerri Wright, a part-time senior lecturer in the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Greenwich, who qualified as a nurse in 1995.
Jemma Gardner uses advanced skills to work solo, flying across the frozen north.
Good communication, openness, honesty and support are key to making palliative care manageable for relatives and carers
Caring for people with dengue fever, cobra bites and tuberculosis with few resources is all in a day’s work for James Cook.
GP practices are getting their own version of Productive Ward, thanks to Liz Wilson’s team Practice perfect.
Nurses in all settings should promote public health, says Viv Bennett
Nurses need to demonstrate their contribution to care by describing, measuring and comparing what they do at an international level
Our tweetly round up...Subscription
We scour the twittersphere in order to bring you our top ten recent tweets. Did you make it in?
Join the debate online on Wednesday 16 November - World COPD Day 2011.
Jonny Briggs gave up a well-paid job in a bank to pursue his lifelong ambition of being a nurse.
The Department of Health’s publication of An Outcomes Strategy for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease(COPD) and Asthma in England last month is the culmination of several years’ persistent lobbying from health professionals and patient groups.
'I’m a bit sad to admit much of my inspiration and learning has been from doctors as opposed to nurses'Subscription
We talk to Gail South, respiratory nurse consultant and clinical lead at BreathingSpace, a nurse-led respiratory disease unit at Rotherham Foundation Trust. She has been a nurse for 32 years.
In helping people battle substance misuse, Paul Thompson has learnt it’s not just the patients who need educating
Working in Saudi Arabia gives nurses the chance for travel and tax-free salaries, and enables them to learn about a diverse range of cultures
In 2001, when the National Service Framework for Older People was published, I was working as a newly appointed consultant nurse for older people. I welcomed the NSF because it was a way of highlighting the importance of developing services and care for older people.
Nursing diagnosis: a valuable approach?Subscription
Nursing Times blogger Tony Barlow considers nursing diagnosis, drawing from his own medical experiences to consider his feelings toward the approach.
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.