Universities and community education providers must work together to support newly qualified nurses, say Carmel Blackie and Julia Billington
Through my experience in community nursing I believe registered nurses in district nursing teams need further academic support and clinical development after being in community practice for one year
With appropriate funding, we should be able to train healthcare assistants to support district nursing services, says Neesha Oozageer
Giving our children and young people the best start in life is vital for individuals, families and, ultimately, society, says Viv Bennett
Crystal Oldman reflects on how community nurses can improve people’s health at every stage of life
Clear, consistent messages around safe sunlight exposure are a good starting point to ensure people get the vitamin D they need for strong bones
NHS hospital trusts have been busy preparing their annual quality accounts (QAs)
There is compelling evidence that diabetes specialist nurses help to improve clinical outcomes in people with diabetes
One morning recently, I attended my biennial mentorship update, led by a representative of the local university. By the afternoon, I was wondering whether to follow my wife’s lead and give up mentorship
The words that nurses and other health professionals use to describe where they work is an issue that urgently needs to be addressed
Most nurses provide a high level of care to most patients - but not all. It appears acceptable not to offer some groups of people compassionate care and for health services to discriminate against them.
Tremendous progress has been made in acute stroke care.
There is a migration of services from the hospital into the community. The enhanced recovery programme and open-access cancer follow-up are just two initiatives that aim to relocate care.
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.
In the past two years, I have had the fantastic opportunity of talking to many nurses, midwives and health visitors about information technology and how it can enable practice.
A nursing and midwifery career gives us incredible experiences and privileges.
Well planned and delivered end-of-life care is shaped by the patient’s life and personality.
People are more at risk of developing type 2 diabetes as they age.
More than 20 organisations, including the Royal College of Nursing, recently signed a statement seeking to rectify misconceptions and inaccurate information about the Liverpool Care Pathway for dying patients.
New figures have shown that bedwetting costs families an extra £716 per year. For a lot of families, an extra £700 could buy a holiday or two months’ worth of food shopping.
Focusing care on what is important to individuals as human beings enables us to understand and more fully appreciate a person’s personal experience of ill health, enabling us to have a better understanding of how to support them.
I began my nursing career in the late 1970s as a healthcare assistant (or auxiliary nurse as I was called back then), and was fortunate to be supported by a sister who saw the “nurse” in me and encouraged me to enter nurse training. Download a print-friendly PDF file of this article here
Moving patients from ward to ward and bay to bay is a common activity in the NHS. Download a print-friendly PDF file of this article here
The NHS could transform the way we manage the rehabilitation of older patients by changing the way we educate and prepare healthcare assistants.
Changes in the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 that came into force this year have enabled appropriately qualified nurses to independently prescribe controlled drugs (CDs), mix controlled drugs with another medicine, and use CDs in patient group directions.
In the last 10 years there has been a huge expansion in research, literature, expert opinion, new technology and government strategies aimed at reducing complications associated with invasive biomedical devices.
Can nurses provide better care if they have a degree?
We live in an environment of “deficit journalism” - the focus is rarely on what is going right in the world.
The collapse and successful resuscitation of footballer Fabrice Muamba thrust out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) into the media spotlight.
My father, who has dementia, has just passed another major milestone, his 85th birthday.
Only the most ardent retro fan would seriously entertain a return to the days of the nursing cap.
Evaluation through measurement is key to improving quality but how ready are we to be transparent about nursing performance, asks Anne Cooper.
Good communication, openness, honesty and support are key to making palliative care manageable for relatives and carers
I work with people with dementia and their loved ones, helping them access information on essential matters such as support services and living with dementia.
Much can be learnt from capturing experiences about both the negative and positive aspects of care homes
Running different communication systems in parallel is a recipe for disaster
Entering into a dialogue with patients about the care we give would result in meaningful feedback
There is a need to look at how information on formula feeds can be made available to health professionals
People with rarer cancers deserve the same support and information as those with more common cancers
While imminent changes to the law are unlikely, the issue of assisted dying is not going to go away
Nurses need to find a balance between form filling and delivering care, and ensure that any data gathered on pressure ulcers is used to improve care
Nurses need to demonstrate their contribution to care by describing, measuring and comparing what they do at an international level
Healthcare assistants need more training to distinguish between moisture lesions and pressure ulcers
Much has been written on the cost implications of delayed discharge of patients in acute settings.
MRSA has become synonymous with media and public perception of “superbugs”. An explosion of news articles linked it to dirty hospitals in the early 2000s.
Did you know that nursing was originally a principally male occupation? We have Florence Nightingale to thank for enduring notions that nursing is work requiring traditionally female attributes and hence suited more for women.
Increasing life expectancy should be celebrated, but with it comes the challenges of the increased likelihood of multiple health conditions.
Am I sickened and shamed by Tuesday’s Health Service Ombudsmans report? Most certainly. How could any normal, decent human being not be. Am I surprised? Not in the least.
NHS Direct saves the health service millions by reducing attendances at A&E and GP practices. We talk to Antonina Kimonge to find out what it takes to be the voice on the end of the line.
The commissioning of high quality care is dependent on the right level of clinical advice from front-line clinicians closest to the patient and carer.